Training Program - Program Tracks

For applicants who already are committed to generalist careers, the urban underserved medicine and the two Primary Care tracks are options that can be chosen at the time of the residency match (see "Applying to the Program" below).

Though each of the three tracks has its own specific mission, all are committed to training residents in a rigorous academic environment, and all residents will be fully equipped for the next phase of their careers.

  • The Categorical Track (Harry Hollander, M.D., Director; 44 PGY1 positions) is the largest track of the residency program. Residents rotate through all three inpatient sites and have continuity clinics at one of the five ambulatory training sites.
  • The UCSF Primary Care Track (Katherine Julian, M.D., Director; 10 PGY1 positions) is a comprehensive primary care program designed to train general internists in both ambulatory and hospital practice. Particular emphasis is placed on continuity primary care and on a structured didactic and clinical curriculum in ambulatory medicine. Roughly half of the second and third years are spent in the ambulatory setting. Inpatient rotations are shared with Categorical residents at Moffitt-Long Hospital, the VAMC, and SFGH. Additional ambulatory clinical experiences are available at all four UCSF teaching sites and numerous other community-based settings. Graduates of this program have selected careers in all aspects of primary care and general internal medicine including general medicine fellowships leading to academic or public health positions, clinician-educator roles in teaching institutions, and primary care practice in a variety of clinical settings.
  • The San Francisco General Primary Care Track (Soraya Azari, M.D., Interim Director; 8 PGY1 positions) trains internists who intend to improve health care delivery for underserved populations. Most graduates of this program have sought positions in urban inner-city locations, and many have integrated a public health or health services research component into their careers. Residents rotate through the same three hospitals as their colleagues in the two programs above, but experience is concentrated at San Francisco General Hospital and affiliated city clinics during the second and third years of residency. Ambulatory block time accounts for about 50% of the training experience during the PGY2 and PGY3 years.

Please note that each track has its own NRMP number. Applicants may apply to multiple tracks, depending on training and career goals:

  • Categorical Track (NRMP Code: 1062140C0)
  • UCSF Primary Care Track (NRMP Code: 1062140M0)
  • San Francisco General Primary Care Track (NRMP Code: 1062140M1)