How to Apply

UCSF White CoatThe UCSF Fellowship Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine participates in Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Instructions for completing and submitting the ERAS application can be found here.

We require 3 letters of recommendation, including one from your current Program Director. If you have had prior research experience, a letter from your research supervisor is desirable. Letters may be included in ERAS, or sent directly to Dr. James Frank, at the address below. Please include in your personal statement a clear discussion of your career goals, research, education or service interests, and any unique qualities you would like to share.

Deadline for completed applications is August 31, 2024 and we begin reviewing applications on July 17th.

UCSF uses holistic review. After we receive your completed application, your file will be reviewed and you will be notified regarding an invitation to interview by the middle of September. Interviews will be offered in August through October. Applicants invited for interviews will receive details regarding specific dates. Applicants must be eligible for certification in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and must be licensed by the State of California at the time they begin their fellowship.

Our program does not currently sponsor H-1B or J-1 visas for clinical fellowship training.

All applicants to our program are required to register with the National Resident Matching Program. You must complete an agreement documenting your individual participation in the matching program. Registration forms and additional information can be obtained here:

NRMP LogoNational Resident Matching Program
Attention: Pulmonary Disease Fellowship Match
2450 N Street, NW, Suite 201, Washington, DC 20037-1141
Telephone: (202) 828-0676

For additional information, please contact:

Vanessa Trafas
Program Coordinator 
505 Parnassus Ave, Box 0111
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-0735
[email protected]


James Frank, MD
Program Director 
505 Parnassus Ave, Box 0111
San Francisco, CA 94143
[email protected] 

Resources for Visiting

UCSF uses virtual interviewing only and is not currently hosting in-person site visits

If you are traveling on your own to UCSF, below are some tips and suggestions. In accordance with AAMC guidelines, we are not hosting in-person visits and visiting UCSF will have no bearing on your application. 

From the San Francisco International Airport - The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 15 miles south of downtown San Francisco. From SFO you can take a taxi, a shuttle van, BART, or the Airporter Bus into the City. Travel time is 30 - 40 minutes. Allow an additional 15 - 30 minutes for connections and traffic.

- Uber/Lyft - $20-$35
- Taxi - costs ~$60
BART - Bay Area Rapid Transport - Take the train to Civic Center Station and transfer to the N Judah Streetcar to get to UCSF.

N Judah Streetcar and 6 Parnassus Bus stops directly in front of the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center.
For more information:  MUNI (San Francisco Municipal Railway)

The following buses and trains link to the N Judah or the 6 Parnassus:

- From the South Bay/Peninsula: SamTrans or CalTrain
- From the North Bay/Marin & Sonoma Counties: Golden Gate Transit
- From the East Bay: BART or AC Transit .

UC Parking:
There is a parking lot on Parnassus Avenue, across from Moffitt Hospital.

For more details, please see the UCSF Short Term Lodging Guide.



How do I apply?
Apply to UCSF through ERAS. Applications open around July 1.

How many fellows do you accept each year?
We accept 7 fellows.

How many applications do you receive?
We receive approximately 500 applications per year and interview 40-50 applicants. 

Do you accept fellows outside of the match?
No. We only accept Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows through the National Residency Matching Program. 

Do you sponsor J1 or other Visas?
No. We primarily use NIH funding to support our fellows and these funding mechanisms are only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Applicants who bring exceptional and unique qualifications may be considered in very rare cases.

How long is your fellowship program?
The American Board of Internal Medicine requires three years of training for board certification. Nearly all of our fellows stay for 4 or 5 years as they work on developing the skills they need for their future careers in research, education, health service or other leadership roles. 

What is the clinical training like at UCSF?
Fellows have 18-months of rigorous clinical training in addition to continuity and other elective outpatient clinic experiences extending throughout the 3-year program. Roughly nine months are spent in pulmonary medicine and nine months in critical care. Fellows have 6 days off per month, including 2 full weekends off. We have no 24-hour call shifts although fellows will cover some 12-hour night shifts in the ICU in the second year of training. Fellows work at each of three hospitals: UCSF Health - Parnassus Campus, Zuckerberg San Francisco General, and the San Francisco VA Health Care System. Read more

Do you have a critical care only fellowship?

How are your interview days structured? 
All interviews are virtual. Our interview days begin with a presentation from program leadership and Q&A. Fellows can expect to interview with 4 faculty and will meet with fellows (virtually) the evening before and during the interview day. Interview Mondays are generally scheduled in late September through October. If you are not able to attend one of our scheduled days, we might be able to accommodate you on a different day, but we recommend attending a scheduled interview day to make the most of your visit.

What is a T32 or F32?
These are NIH grants that support fellows pursuing training in research. UCSF uses these mechanisms to support the research portion of fellowship training for most fellows beginning in year 2 or 3 of fellowship. Support from a T32 while at UCSF, or any other Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine program, requires a commitment of 2 years in research, teaching or health service. This additional, non-ACGME year is generally completed with a fourth year of training or the first year of an academic faculty appointment for fellows completing only 3 years of training. Read more

How are fellows supported at UCSF? What happens after year three?
We support our fellows with an unsurpassed commitment to their academic success. The keys to this success include resources, opportunity and commitment. Read more

What if I’m not sure if I want to do research or education?
Our program is designed to train people interested in research, education, or other service-focused careers. We realize that long-term career decisions are difficult. Applicants who are unsure, but willing to commit to pursuing four years of fellowship training, or three years of fellowship training and one year working in qualifying research, teaching or health service are encouraged to apply. If your primary interest is clinical private practice, that is not what we specialize in and we encourage you to apply to programs specializing in that training. 

Do you have career tracks/pathways?
Yes. UCSF provides opportunities in multiple career paths. This includes training in clinical or translational research, basic research, global health, implementation sciences and a clinician-educator track. None of these programs requires a separate match, but we encourage applicants to indicate their interest in their application or on interview day. Read more