UC San Diego School of Medicine

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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Motto Fiat lux (Let There Be Light)
Type Public
Established 1968
Dean David A. Brenner
Location La Jolla, California, United States
32°52′34″N 117°14′13″W / 32.876°N 117.237°W / 32.876; -117.237Coordinates: 32°52′34″N 117°14′13″W / 32.876°N 117.237°W / 32.876; -117.237
Campus Suburb
Mascot Tritons
Website som.ucsd.edu

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is the graduate medical school of University of California, San Diego located in La Jolla, California, USA.

The school held its first class in 1968 and conferred its first degrees in 1972. The school aggressively recruited leading physician scientists of its era and rapidly gained a reputation as an elite medical school. The inaugural class in 1971 achieved the highest score in the country on the National Board of Medical Examiners Step 1 Examination, propelling the young School into the national spotlight.

UCSD School of Medicine is ranked 17th in the 2015 edition of U.S. News and World Report for research and ranked 19th in primary care.[1]

UCSD School of Medicine faculty rank #1 in the nation in federal research funding per faculty member (#1 in clinical research and #3 in basic research). Among ranked departments, UCSD is #1 in Family Medicine, Neurosciences, Surgery, and #2 in Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Psychiatry. UCSD School of Medicine is 15th in the nation in total NIH funding with 7 individual departments in the top 10. In 2013, Expertscape recognized it as having the world's highest level of expertise in glaucoma.[2]

UCSD ranks 4th in the world in terms of 'citation impact' in the fields of science and social science, with world wide notable faculty. In individual categories, ISI ranks the School of Medicine 2nd in clinical medicine, 3rd in pharmacology, 4th in molecular biology and genetics, and 10th in psychology and psychiatry.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Eight Nobel Laureates in Medicine:[3]

  • Francis Crick (1962) - J.W. Kieckhefer Distinguished Research Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • Robert W. Holley (1968) - Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • George Palade (1974) - Dean of the School of Medicine
  • Renato Dulbecco (1975) - Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology
  • Roger Guillemin (1977) - Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • Sydney Brenner (2002) - Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Roger Tsien (2008) - Professor, Department of Pharmacology
  • Bruce Beutler (2011) - Professor, Scripps Research Institute

Other notable faculty include:

Preclinical core courses[edit]

Year One

  • Year-Long: Practice of Medicine, Problem Based Learning, Ambulatory Care Apprenticeship
  • Fall Quarter: Foundations, Cardiovascular System, Pulmonary System, Gastrointestinal System
  • Winter Quarter: Renal System, Musculoskeletal System, Mind Brain and Behavior
  • Spring: Endocrinology Reproduction and Metabolism, Immunology, Hematology and Oncology, Microbiology

Year Two

  • Year-Long: Practice of Medicine, Problem Based Learning, Ambulatory Care Apprenticeship
  • Fall: Principles of Clinical Oncology; Epidemiology, Biostats, and Medical Informatics; Musculoskeletal System II; Gastrointestinal System II; Endocrinology, Reproduction and Metabolism II; Cardiovascular System II
  • Winter: Mind Brain Behavior II, Pulmonary System II, Renal System II
  • Spring: (begin clinical rotations)

The Independent Study Project (ISP) has long been a cornerstone of the elective curriculum at the UCSD School of Medicine. Students are required to complete a project under the direction of an ISP committee usually consisting of three or more School of Medicine faculty.

Community affiliations[edit]

UCSD School of Medicine is affiliated with:

Medical student services and programs[edit]

  • Healthy Student Program
  • Office of Educational Support Services
  • Careers in Medicine Program
  • Advising and Mentoring: Faculty Mentor, Office of Student Affairs Advisor, Big Sib, Senior Mentor, Senior Faculty Advisor

Teaching hospitals[edit]

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out: Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego VA Medical Center, Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and the UC San Diego Health System.

Residency program admissions[edit]

Most popular residency and specialty programs from the 2005 and 2006 graduating classes: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, surgery.

Medical student organizations[edit]

UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project[edit]

The UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, in partnership with the community, provides accessible, quality health care for the underserved in respectful environments, in which students, health professionals, patients and community members learn from each other. It seeks to sustain health through: free medical and preventive care, health education and access to social service.

Graduate and dual degree programs[edit]

  • Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D. Program)
  • Medical Scholars Program (8-year Baccalaureate/M.D. Program)
  • Masters in Bioengineering
  • Masters in Public Health
  • Masters in Leadership of Health Care Organizations
  • Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research
  • Ph.D. Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Independent Ph.D. programs


  1. ^ US News Medical School Ranking for 2007
  2. ^ "Expertscape: Leaders in Glaucoma, November 2013". expertscape.com. November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  3. ^ http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/nobel/list.html
  4. ^ Robbins, Gary (August 24, 2015). "'Empire Builder' has UCSD Health on the rise". The San Diego Union-Tribune (Tribune Publishing). The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.the-aps.org/fm/presidents/introjbw.html

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