Residency FAQs


What is your mission?

Our mission is to prepare family physicians to provide quality care for urban underserved communities.

How many residents are in your program? 

Each class is comprised of 15 residents, along with 3 full-time PGY-4 Chief Residents.

Where do you train?

Primarily at two sites:

  • San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) —“The General” is THE city and county hospital for San Francisco, and includes our own Family Medicine Inpatient Service.
  • SFGH Family Health Center (FHC) — The Family Health Center is the largest primary care clinic in SF's Community Health Network, with 12,000 patients served and almost 40,000 patient visits per year. It is home to our continuity clinics, the Refugee Medical Clinic, the Bay Area Family Clinic (HIV Family Care), Women’s & Infant’s Clinic, Procedure Clinic, Urgent Care Clinic, Oral Health Clinic, and Pain Clinic.

Who do you serve?

We serve anyone in San Francisco who does not have private medical insurance. This includes immigrants, refugees, and long-time San Franciscans. With the advent of Healthy San Francisco, a health care safety net program designed to provide medical services to the uninsured, the number of patients we see continues to grow. More than 30 languages are spoken by our patients, including: Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Russian, Tagalog, Mandarin, Arabic, Bosnian, Cambodian, Tigrinya and English.

Who do you admit to your Family Medicine Inpatient Service?

We admit anyone from the FHC or any of the 6 other community clinics in the San Francisco Community Health Network (CHN). The average daily census is about 20 patients, with more than 1,200 patients discharged per year. We are the primary team for all of our patients with very few exceptions. Our patients present with a range of medical problems, including gynecologic diseases, surgical illnesses, neurological problems, and dermatologic illnesses. We also admit and take care of a significant number of patients with HIV/AIDS, poly substance abuse, and oncological diseases.

What Behavioral Science training is available?

  • Weekly behavioral science rounds on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service (aka George Rounds)
  • Longitudinal precepting from faculty who are dedicated to understanding the psychosocial aspects of patient care
  • Family Care Unit – PGY-2 residents learn the basics of family therapy by conducting sessions with patients and their families. Interventions emphasize interpersonal relationships, cross-cultural awareness, and family development.
  • Residents have opportunities to refine these clinical skills through supervision via a one-way mirror and videotape review throughout their training.

How can I be involved in community-oriented healthcare projects during residency?

  • Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) is a longitudinal class project in which each resident class forms partnerships with pre-existing community-based organizations to develop sustainable community projects.
  • There are also opportunities for self-directed community projects in PGY-3 elective time.

Is there an opportunity to do international electives?

  • The Global Health Clinical Scholars Program is one month of didactics in PGY-2 covering a variety of fields including economics, trade policy, anthropology, and government along with a one-month international emersion experience in PGY-3.
  • As a PGY-3, we have a four-week “away” elective that can be used for an international rotation.

Do you have union representation?

Residents at SFGH are represented by the California Interns and Residents Union (CIR). CIR has helped residents achieve improvements in many areas: salary rates, parking availability, call room improvements, dining privileges, etc. Several of our residents are active in the union and would be happy to discuss it further.

What are current salaries and benefits?

  • The salary scale for UCSF residents effective July 1, 2017 is:
    PGY-1 $67,666 ($55,566 + $12,100 housing stipend)
    PGY-2 $69,508 ($57,408 + $12,100 housing stipend)
    PGY-3 $71,763 ($59,663 + $12,100 housing stipend)
  • Housing Allowance—All UCSF residents receive a $1008.33 per month ($12,100 per year) housing stipend. This is included in monthly paychecks. 
  • Vacation- Four weeks paid vacation per year; R1s receive additional 2 weeks unpaid between PGY-1 and PGY-2.
  • Moving stipend- Needs-based up to $1800 Insurance
  • Benefits- Medical, Dental, and Vision; may include dependents and domestic partners; Some plans offered at no charge
  • Bilingual stipend—$120 per month available to residents fluent in Spanish, Tagalog, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, or Vietnamese
  • Educational fund—$300 a year for books, medical supplies, smartphones, laptops, etc.
  • Full reimbursement for medical license fees and USMLE Step 3 exams

Where do residents live? Isn't it expensive???

Most residents live in San Francisco neighborhoods near the hospital, though a few are in the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley) and South Bay (Daly City, Burlingame). It is definitely possible to live in SF on a resident's salary, and the stipend certainly helps! UCSF also has limited availability in Mission Bay campus housing for residents who are new to the Bay Area.

How do I apply? Is there a deadline?

We ask that all applications be submitted via ERAS by October 1, 2019. There are no minimum test score, clinical experience, or graduation year requirements. We will accept COMLEX scores in place of USMLE scores for D.O.s ONLY, though USMLE scores are appreciated. Applications are reviewed for academic excellence, commitment to Family Medicine, and demonstrated commitment to working with underserved communities (prior professional or volunteer work).

How many applications do you receive, and how many interviews are scheduled?

We receive about 750 applications per year, and we usually interview up to 130 candidates.

Will UCSF sponsor a visa?

UCSF requires that applicants to its medical training programs obtain ECFMG-sponsored J-1 visas.

Do you offer elective rotations for students?

We offer a four-week elective rotation on our FM inpatient service. For more information, please contact Reina Delos Santos at 415-206-8651.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please call or email our Residency Manager, Erin Hammer. She can put you in touch with residents or faculty members who would be happy to answer your questions.

Erin Hammer