Internal Medicine Residency Program

San Ysidro Health – Internal Medicine Residency Program

Message from the Program Director

We would like to welcome you to our program. We are initiating a unique program that will provide an excellent education to young physicians while providing care for the most vulnerable residents in our community. We hope to develop caring physicians that will serve those types of communities in the future and hope that you can join us in this endeavor.  Our program offers broad-based medical education training in a community setting with diverse patient populations while having the opportunity to be exposed to larger medical institutions in a large metropolitan Hospital, and tertiary care center.  We hope to attract a unique group of student physicians who are committed to this cause.  We also look to prepare the future generation of physicians, who are not only altruistic but can become leaders in the physician community, and deal with the changes in healthcare in the 21st-century, while advocating for these vulnerable populations.


We offer a unique setting for medical education. The program is based on a community health center system with close collaboration with our nearby hospital system, and with academic institution opportunities.  The program will prepare residents for those internists interested in working in primary care in community settings, as well as those who select to specialize in a subspecialty fellowship.


San Ysidro Health also offers many varied learning experiences for medical school post-graduates. With a culturally diverse and predominantly low-income patient population, and with clinic sites in federally designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) throughout the county, San Ysidro’s training exposes medical residents to the rewarding experience of working with a broad spectrum of patients, while providing care to some of the county‘s most underserved.  Our faculty physicians are also very culturally sensitive, having chosen this setting to teach the next generation of physicians, while also giving back to their community.


Ambulatory Rotations: Both San Ysidro Health, and Scripps Mercy Hospital- Chula Vista serve a diverse patient population with a broad range of ages. The clinic provides adult, geriatric, pediatric and Gynecology services, which leads to a broad range in ages and both female and male patients and available contracts with teens to very aged populations. In the outpatient setting, medical residents will rotate through the Senior Health Center and PACE program, which serve patients greater than 55 years of age including disabled, and frail elderly. The residency program places an emphasis on primary care outpatient training. The schedule includes two ambulatory care months where the resident will be in continuity clinic for the majority of the day, along with specialty clinics in specialty rotations, during PGY-1 year, and three ambulatory care months in PGY-2 and PGY-3 years.

Inpatient Rotations: Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, the main hospital, also serves a diverse patient population with a broad range of ages. Scripps Mercy Chula Vista is the main admitting hospital for San Ysidro Health system and will be the hub for most rotations.  Opportunities for rotations in other participating hospitals including Scripps Mercy Hospital Hillcrest in San Diego, and University of California. San Diego will also be available all three years.


San Ysidro Health is involved in many types of translational research. These include studies funded by the National Institute of Health and Aging, and other federal funding agencies funding Multi-center research.   These include studies involved in aging, diabetes, and other diseases more prevalent in the Latino and minority populations.  Quality improvement project development or involvement in these types of research will be encouraged during the residency, with a required presentation by the end of the third year.


San Ysidro Health offers a broad didactic program that will focus on the population it serves, as well as the basic tenets of internal medicine. These will include essential Inpatient, and outpatient lectures focused on learning to care for patients in the acute hospital setting including intensive care, as well as chronic care in the outpatient setting. With its unique location near the Mexican border, cross-border medical issues will also be prioritized, as well as barriers to health care. Psychosocial issues preventing this care, and improved health outcomes, including dealing with poverty, homelessness, and access to care, will also be major issues to discuss.  Quality improvement lectures and initiatives in these topics will be prioritized, and individualized research projects as above to improve the care of this population will be encouraged.

Applications will be reviewed up until Oct.15, and will focus on:

  • General academic performance,
  • Clinical performance (particularly in internal medicine and related rotations,
  • Letters of recommendation,
  • personal qualities and achievements that make you a fit in our community-based program

Interview dates: Oct. 1, 2019 through Nov. 15, 2019.

Visit the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to apply for a residency program at Scripps.

Application Requirements:

Applicants must have finished medical school preferably within 3 years, or have continued clinical involvement during a post-graduate period over no more than 6 yrs. In order to complete your file, we require:
  1. Your Dean’s letter.
  2. Your medical school transcript.
  3. Your USMLE Step 1-3/ National Board scores, Step I and II (Step II if available, however not mandatory for application review). Please note that we do not accept COMLEX in lieu of USMLE.
  4. Three separate letters of recommendation from the following individuals:
    1. The Department Chairman in Medicine (or his/her designee).
    2. An internal medicine faculty member.
    3. A faculty member of your choice
  5. Postgraduate Training License (PTL) will be required for all residents who are participating in a California ACGME program. A trainee must obtain a PTL within 180 days after enrollment in a California ACGME program as per the California Medical Licensing board.