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Endocrine Fellowship at UC San Diego

Fellows and Dr. Seth Field.
Academic year 2013-2014 endocrinology and metabolism fellows and faculty member Seth J. Field, MD, PhD. 

The UC San Diego Endocrine Fellowship is a two-year, ACGME-accredited program designed to prepare fellows for a career in  endocrinology, with an emphasis on academic endocrinology. The program is highly geared toward endocrine research (including basic bench research, translational research and clinical research) in addition to providing well-rounded clinical training in three UC San Diego-affiliated teaching hospitals. 

We offer fellows ample opportunities for mentored research in diverse endocrine topics, ranging from basic bench research to clinical trials.

How to Apply

We receive applications exclusively through ERAS and we participate in NRMP.  A detailed explanation of the process and relevant links can be found at the ERAS Fellowships Applicant Site

For international medical graduates, we consider applications from those who possess exceptional qualifications in biomedical research, are completing residency in an ACGME-accredited program and are seeking J1 (not H1) visa support.  

For the incoming class of 2015, we plan to recruit two fellows.

For additional information about the application process, contact us using the information on the right.


We offer fellows ample opportunities for mentored research in diverse endocrine topics. Because research is the key to a career as an academic endocrinologist, potential fellows are encouraged to identify a research mentor as early as possible. Some of the highly sought-after laboratories should be contacted even before applying for the fellowship program.

Karen and Susan

Research into hormone action is extremely strong at UC San Diego, including within the Division of Endocrinology, other faculty at UC San Diego and several neighboring institutions, such as the Salk Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Burnham Institute. 

Each fellow and faculty mentor jointly devise a research project (clinical or basic science) that can be completed within two to three years. Fellows devote their non-clinical time (equivalent to a total of 10 months out of 24) to research activities. Although the endocrine board eligibility requires only two years of fellowship (including at least 12 months of clinical training), some of our fellows continue to train under the research mentor for an additional one to two years prior to launching an independent academic career. 

Fellows are given the opportunity to present their work in various local and national forums, including presentations at Endocrine Grand Round at UC San Diego, scholarly meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals. The fellows are also encouraged to apply for mentored career-development awards (such as National Institutes of Health K08 awards) to facilitate the transition toward independent faculty positions.

More About Hormone Research at UC San Diego.

Career Mentorship

Opportunities abound to obtain mentorship, both from the faculty in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and from formal training programs at UC San Diego. Discussion with individual research mentors provides a good starting point to become tapped in to these resources.

Clinical Training

The UC San Diego  Endocrinology Fellowship provides rigorous clinical training. Patient care at UC San Diego Health System spans three hospitals, each with its own inpatient and outpatient clinic components. The three hospitals provide complementary experiences including disparate patient populations.

More about clinical training can be found on the Clinical Rotations and Clinical Environment pages.

Salary, Benefits, Policies and Procedures

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Nai-Wen Chi, MD, PhD

Program Leadership

Nai-Wen Chi, MD, PhD
Program Director 

Christopher Hupfeld, MD
Associate Program Director