UC San Diego School of Medicine Named One of Nation’s Top Residency Programs

Recognized by physicians for training leadership in Doximity report — 

UC San Diego School of Medicine was today named one of the nation’s top residency training programs in 10 specialties by Doximity. The Doximity report included more than 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified US physicians, and evaluated 3,691 residency training programs across 20 specialties.

“One of the most important functions of our academic health system is residency training for the next generation of physicians. The outstanding training of our residents guarantees great future physicians for San Diego and beyond,” said David A. Brenner, MD, vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

UC San Diego School of Medicine placed in the top 10 for residency training in the West in the following specialties: internal medicine, anesthesiology, dermatology, obstetrics & gynecology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology (diagnostic) and surgery. More than 900 post-graduate trainees, including interns, residents and fellows, train at UC San Diego each year…. Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


Dr. Simerjot Jassal

Dr. Simerjot Jassal

Simerjot Jassal, MD, MAS, FACP, pictured at left, directs the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and its Preliminary Medicine track.

Dr. Jassal is clinical professor in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Mark Ginsberg

Dr. Mark Ginsberg

Mark Ginsberg, MD, professor of medicine, directs the program’s research track, the Physician-Scientist Training Program.

In other Department of Medicine-related training, UC San Diego School of Medicine placed in the top 10 for residency training in anesthesiology, dermatology and pediatrics.

Dr. Jassal co-directs a new Combined Medicine-Anesthesia program track of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program with Daniel Lee, MD, PhD, associate clinical professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics.

Dr. Lori Wan

Dr. Lori Wan

A Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Training Program track of the internal medicine program is directed by Lori Wan, MD, clinical professor of medicine.

Also rated in the top 10 is UC San Diego’s Dermatology Residency Training Program, directed by dermatology division chief Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD, and Casey Carlos, MD, PhD, pictured below.

Dr. Gallo is professor of medicine and pediatrics and Dr. Carlos is assistant clinical professor in the Division of Dermatology in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Richard Gallo

Dr. Richard Gallo

Casey Carlos, MD, PhD

Dr. Casey Carlos

 

 

 

Fat Isn’t All Bad: Skin Adipocytes Help Protect Against Infections

When it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly upon what lies beneath. In a new paper published in the January 2, 2015 issue of Science, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report the surprising discovery that fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria.

Richard Gallo, MD, PhD, professor and chief of dermatology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and colleagues have uncovered a previously unknown role for dermal fat cells, known as adipocytes: They produce antimicrobial peptides that help fend off invading bacteria and other pathogens. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


Dr. Richard Gallo

Dr. Richard Gallo

Richard Gallo, MD, PhD, is professor of medicine and pediatrics and chief of the Division of Dermatology.

Read Science article abstract on PubMed

Visit Dr. Gallo’s laboratory website

Protein May Be Key to Psoriasis and Wound Care

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder in which skin cells proliferate out of control. For some hard-to-heal wounds, the problem is just the opposite: Restorative skin cells don’t grow well or fast enough. In a paper published in the June 21, 2012 issue of Immunity, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine describe a molecule that may lead to new treatments for both problems. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. Richard GalloThe principal investigator of this collaborative study is Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Dermatology at UC San Diego.

The other Department of Medicine co-authors are Tissa Hata, MD, professor of medicine, Clinical Service Chief for Dermatology at the Perlman Ambulatory Care Center and Director of the UCSD Dermatology Clinical Trials Unit; Beda Mühleisen, MD; and Paul Kotol.

More information:

  • Read the article summary in Immunity.
  • Citation: Yuping Lai, Dongqing Li, Changwei Li, Beda Muehleisen, Katherine A. Radek, Hyun Jeong Park, Ziwei Jiang, Zhiheng Li, Hu Lei, Yanchun Quan, Tian Zhang, Yelin Wu, Paul Kotol, Shin Morizane, Tissa R. Hata, Keiji Iwatsuki, Ce Tang, Richard L. Gallo, The Antimicrobial Protein REG3A Regulates Keratinocyte Proliferation and Differentiation after Skin Injury, Immunity, Available online 21 June 2012, ISSN 1074-7613, 10.1016/j.immuni.2012.04.010.
  • Dr. Gallo’s laboratory website

Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Boost Bacteria-Killing Cells

Widely prescribed for their cholesterol-lowering properties, recent clinical research indicates that statins can produce a second, significant health benefit: lowering the risk of severe bacterial infections such as pneumonia and sepsis… Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Christopher K. Glass, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Medicine coauthors on the published paper are Anna L. Kogen, Ph.D., Richard Gallo, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Dermatology; and corresponding author Christopher K. Glass, M.D., Ph.D. (pictured above), Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

Read the published study (PDF).

Dermatology Residency Program Wins Recertification and Commendation from ACGME

The UC San Diego Dermatology Residency Training Program has received a commendation along with a five-year recertification from the Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The ACGME commended Program Director Terence C. O’Grady, M.D., and his staff for the excellence of the program, with particular praise for the program’s pediatric training and scholarly activity.

“We’re very pleased with the results of the recent survey and are excited about the continued growth of the training program,” Dr. O’Grady said.

In a recent interview, Dr. Richard Gallo, Chief of Dermatology, said of the program, “It is one of the most competitive programs around.

“We are dedicated to outstanding clinical teaching as well as training the future academic leaders in dermatology.”

The Dermatology Residency Training Program is a three-year program that attracts hundreds of applicants for its three available slots each year.

Along with UC San Diego Medical Center, Rady Children’s Hospital and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System are participating sites in the residency training program.

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