Primary Care Track


For more than 40 years, UCSF has offered applicants the opportunity to participate in a dedicated primary care experience. The primary care track is based at the UCSF Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at our Mt. Zion campus, which serves the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. The goal of the Primary Care Track is to train "community pediatricians" who understand the role of a pediatrician in both the clinic and the local community.

All residents in the primary care track attend the UCSF Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at Mt. Zion. In addition to enhanced continuity clinic time, residents have protected time for periodic "primary care days, " which provide an opportunity to explore local community health resources, participate in longitudinal outreach experiences, collaborate with community-based organizations, develop clinic-based quality improvement or medical education projects, or pursue research interests. Special primary care seminars and regular primary care meetings are also integrated into the curriculum.

In the third year of residency, primary care track residents apply their newly developed skills in community medicine, primary care quality improvement, or medical education by completing a collaborative primary care project. Graduating residents present their projects at an annual poster session held each May.

Highlights include:

  • Opportunity to achieve unique competencies in community-based approaches to improving child health.
  • 4-6 residents accepted each year.
  • Based at UCSF Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at Mt. Zion, which serves the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco.
  • Two continuity clinic sessions per week during select blocks.
  • Longitudinal seminar series that focuses on special topics in primary care.
  • Completion of a longitudinal clinic-based quality improvement or community-based primary care project is required.
  • Protected time to complete the project is provided in the form of longitudinal project half-days.
  • Possible participation in components of pathways.

To learn more about the primary care track and see examples of current and past projects, please see the Primary Care Website.