Hospital Facilities

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest (UCSD)

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a 422-bed facility with a uniquely diverse patient population representing a cross-section of all socio-economic classes in need of both primary and specialized tertiary care.

This facility also serves as the "county hospital" for the greater San Diego area. For internal medicine training, the Hillcrest facility is one of the core hospitals providing experiences in the MICU, wards and sub-specialty electives; while in pediatrics, its role is primarily to rotate through the NICU and newborn nursery.

The NICU is Level III and has a 40-bed capacity. The Burn Unit serves as the regional burn referral center for both children and adults. Located near downtown San Diego and the San Diego airport, the hospital is situated in a pleasant and safe neighborhood within walking distance of one of San Diego's most active social scenes -- the neighborhood of Hillcrest.

Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VAMC)

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VAMC) is a 336-bed research facility which provides state-of-the-art care to the veterans of southern California and those referred for tertiary care from throughout the Southwestern U.S.

The hospital features a modern combined medical and cardiac intensive care unit, a very active cardiac catheterization lab, and a full-service emergency room/urgent care center staffed by internists. The hospital is located on the edge of the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla/University City and is within walking distance of the University bookstore and student centers. A convenient shuttle bus runs between the VA and Hillcrest facilities.

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (CVC)

UC San Diego Health - Sulpizio Cardiovascular CenterUC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (CVC) had its grand opening in August 2011 and is the first dedicated cardiovascular center in San Diego. CVC specialists provide services available only at the top medical centers in the nation, including:
  • Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE)
  • Off-pump coronary bypass (OPCAB)
  • Minimally invasive valve replacement
  • Lead extraction (in hybrid operating room)
  • High-volume interventional cardiology

Immediately adjacent to the CVC are Thornton Hospital, which is a private 128-bed modern hospital facility; the Perlman Medical Offices and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. The Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center is one of just 39 centers in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care, and serving the community through outreach and education programs.

Medicine-pediatrics and categorical residents do spend time at Thornton Hospital doing pulmonary or infectious disease consult electives, or a hospitalist elective. The CVC and Thornton Hospital are located a few miles from the VAMC near the main UC San Diego undergraduate campus in the heart of the "Golden Triangle" encompassing La Jolla, University City, and beach and Mesa neighborhoods of San Diego.

Jacobs Medical Center

Opening in October 2016, the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center will be a 245-bed, state-of-the-art hospital and the new home for obstetrics, with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and newborn care facilities as well as floors dedicated to adult surgical and ICU patient care.

There will be the opportunity for medicine sub-specialty electives at this site.



Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego (RCHSD)

Rady Children's Hospital San DiegoRady Children's Hospital-San Diego is the largest children's hospital in California and the fifth largest children's hospital in the nation. With 337 beds, it is the county's only Regional Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Level III NICU, and the heart of pediatric inpatient services for the greater San Diego area, providing care to nearly 200,000 children per year.

As a focal point for progressive pediatric care in the county, RCHSD is home to unique multidisciplinary teams such as the cleft palate clinic, failure-to-thrive clinic, Kawasaki disease team, speech and hearing center, and center for child protection. The hospital is located a few miles north of UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and is only a 10-15 minute drive from VAMC and Thornton Hospital.

UC San Diego Medical Education and Telemedicine Center

UC San Diego Medical Education and Telemedicine Center The UC San Diego Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET) Center had its Grand Opening in September 2011. It is located on the UC San Diego undergraduate campus in La Jolla and now houses the UCSD School of Medicine offices, auditorium, classrooms and state-of-the art simulation facilities.
  • This center includes a 9,000-square-foot clinical skills and simulation center, with 18 exam rooms, a simulated hospital room, intensive care unit, emergency room and an operating room
  •  A 6,800-square-foot medical and surgical procedures teaching laboratory with 22 stations, where students, residents and current practitioners will be instructed in the latest surgical, laparoscopic, robotic, endoscopic, catheterization and other special techniques
It is truly the most technologically advanced 21st-century medical education building in the nation, built to train the future physicians of tomorrow. Residents will have access to the simulation labs in this building to build confidence and competence in invasive procedures, and in adult and pediatric mock codes using the ICU and ER simulator.