Residency Programs

Welcome to the UCSF Medicine Residency website. UCSF is a special place, where the excitement about great clinical care, education, and scholarly activity is enhanced by deeply held values of health equity and public service.

Through experiences at diverse training sites in San Francisco and beyond, residents in our program are exposed to the broadest possible range of patients and faculty, leading to an incredibly rich clinical experience.

UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Video 2015-2016

Get a feel for our program by watching the 2015-2016 Internal Medicine Residency video below.

Three Residency Program Tracks

Harry Hollander, MD

Harry Hollander, MD
Program Director

  • A Resident's Point of View

    resident 1

    "When I’m an old man, I want my grandkids to live in a world where everyone has access to health care – in which we don’t let millions of people die annually because they were born into poverty. I think that is imminently possible."

    Ari Johnson, MD
    SFGH Primary Care Track

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  • A Resident's Point of View

    resident 2

    "The most extraordinary thing has been my co-residents. Not only are they brilliant and accomplished – many had other careers, earned PhDs or taught in another country – but they are fun people who have become really close and important to me."

    Sarah Schaeffer, MD, MPH
    Categorical Track

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  • A Resident's Point of View

    resident 3

    "Moffitt and the VA are referral centers for large catchment areas. We had a young woman with a rare, life-threatening complication called scleroderma renal crisis – something you usually only read a small textbook paragraph about. Here, we saw it."

    Renuka Nayak, MD, PhD
    Categorical Track: Molecular Medicine

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  • A Resident's Point of View

    resident 4

    "A lot of residency applicants are interested in improving the health care delivery system. Even if you know how to make improvements, implementing those changes turns out to be really hard. UCSF is way out in front on this question."

    Nathanial Gleason, MD
    UCSF Primary Care Track

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Maxine Papadakis Award


The UCSF Internal Medicine Residency program has for many years presented an annual award to a third year resident who has demonstrated the highest elements of professionalism in his/her residency career. The DOM is now proud to announce that the award will be named after Maxine Papadakis, MD, the Associate Dean for Students, who will be retiring this year. Dr. Papadakis, a practicing general internist at the VA and the former internal medicine clerkship director, has established herself as an expert in describing and assessing professionalism in both trainees and practicing physicians. Her research in this area is viewed as sentinel work in melding assessment technology and theory to produce hard evaluation methods and rigorous decisions on a competency that previously had been difficult to define. We are proud that this prestigious award will be forever associated with one of our Department’s most treasured and distinguished educators.

Residency Spotlight

Jenny Cohen and Karen Hauer

Another educational innovation at UCSF is the Pathways to Discovery program, which provides in-depth training that goes beyond the routine practice of medicine to prepare medicine's future leaders and innovators.
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Message from the Chair

Bob Wachter

When I went to medical school a long, long time ago, the term "culture" had only one meaning: the cultivation of a pathogen in a special media. Today, I am privileged to serve as the 9th chair of UCSF's remarkable Department of Medicine. In this role ...
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