FAQ for Faculty Applicants

Q: What is the vision and philosophy of the UC San Diego Division of Hospital Medicine?

A: The UC San Diego Division of Hospital Medicine is an exciting program with enormous potential to effect positive change. The philosophy:

Our program has three pillars which must all be strong to support excellence in our program. These pillars are:

  • Excellent care of the individual patient.
  • Effective teaching of residents, students, and each other.
  • Systems change to make the care of patients seen at the UCSD Medical Centers more safe, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. Our academic work should be linked to effective systems change whenever feasible.

These three pillars must have a firm foundation of clinical skills, professionalism, ethics, evidence-based medicine skills, compassion, and interpersonal skills.

The "nuts and bolts" of the program are designed to create an academic clinical environment with enough "down time" to recharge your creative batteries and to participate in curricular development, administration, systems improvement, and/or research.

As members of the Hospital Medicine division develop their interests, they may want to explore ways to expand their role in areas other than direct patient care, and the program has several faculty development resources to assist them in this regard.


Q: What kinds of faculty development opportunities are available?

A: A wide array of faculty development options is available to members of the Division of Hospital Medicine. Examples include the following.

In all cases, the formal education is bolstered by practical on-the-job experience and an ability to immediately apply lessons learned.


Q: Would I have an academic appointment?

A: Traditionally, all hospitalists have sought an academic appointment, generally in the clinical series. A modicum of scholarly activity is expected and encouraged, though many hospitalists maintain their primary focus on the clinician/educator aspect of their position.


Q: Can you describe the typical schedule and the facilities?

A: The Hospital Medicine program staffs both the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and UC San Diego Health System's Thornton Hospital in La Jolla.

UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest is a downtown facility with a wide range of subspecialty services and expertise in transplantation, trauma, research, and other specialties. It serves the underprivileged as well as an eclectic group of patients drawn to this expertise.

There are five ward teaching teams at Hillcrest and a dedicated Internal Medicine consult service. Hospitalists serve as the ward teaching attending on four of the five services.   There is a separate hospitalist-run nonteaching service with an average census of 10 patients and 5 consults. Nocturnists staff the evening admissions, nonteaching cross-cover, and consults from 7:30 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Thornton Hospital in La Jolla is a smaller medical center adjacent to the world-class Moores Cancer Center and the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center.  Thornton is a fully staffed nonteaching service, with 4 daytime hospitalists and 2 daytime physician assistants, a swing shift, and 2 nocturnists.

Intensive care units at both facilities are staffed by intensivists.  Rapid response teams are staffed by nursing with ICU backup. Hospitalists cover general medicine wards and the Intermediate Care Units (IMUs).

Opportunities exist to assume other important roles in the medical center or to perform research, with a corresponding reduction in the number of direct patient care responsibilities.


Q: What are the teaching duties? What about non-teaching patients?

A: Hospitalists are expected to provide a high level of supervision and teaching to medical students and residents on their service. Teaching at the bedside during rounds is strongly encouraged, and participation in the resident morning teaching conference is mandatory. Other teaching roles include separate teaching attending sessions and occasional lectures at the resident noon conference series or Grand Rounds. Opportunities to teach preclinical students in various course formats are available, and curriculum development is also valued and welcomed.

Hospitalists are responsible for non-teaching patients on one of the ward services at Hillcrest, typically 10 patients and 5 consults. The general medicine services at Thornton are nonteaching, as specified above.


Q: How much would I make? What is the Compensation Plan for UCSD Hospital Medicine Faculty?

A: Base salary is determined in part by the University of California rank system and academic rank; further adjustments are determined by experience and special skills.

Substantial financial incentives are available to enhance salary, based on economic and quality indicators that are agreed upon with the medical center and Department of Medicine leadership.

Differential pay will be offered for weeks worked on the nonteach services and night shifts.



Q: What types of benefits does UCSD offer?

A: All of the information regarding UCSD benefits is available online.


Q: What type of a retirement plan is available for UCSD faculty?

A: UCSD has a very robust and competitive retirement plan that adds value to being a faculty member at UCSD.


Q: How do I get licensed in the State of California? How long does it take?

A: The process of obtaining a California medical license can be quite lengthy - it ranges from six to nine months. So, if you are looking for a position in California, and you haven't already applied for your license, we strongly urge you to do so.


Q: How are nights handled?

A: Nights are staffed by faculty nocturnists at both facilities. At Hillcrest, the nocturnist and swing shift hospitalist supervise the teaching team and admit overflow patients independently. At Thornton, two nocturnists share cross-cover duties and new admissions on the medicine and Bone Marrow Transplant services.


Q: Can I apply? How do I get an interview?

A: Applicants for positions here are screened for eligibility by our recruiting committee. Chief residency experience, research skills/experience (especially outcomes studies and quality improvement work), advanced degrees such as MPH, or past hospitalist experience are not absolute requirements for an invitation to interview for a position, but are considered highly valuable assets that will favor your application.

You will be notified in a timely manner whether or not you are eligible for an interview with us.

To submit your CV, please refer to the contact information provided in the left-hand column of this page.