The work done by residents in the Scripps Family Practice Residency Program education component takes place in part at the San Ysidro Health Center(SYHC), Scripps Chula Vista, UCSD, and Chula Vista Family Clinic. In1994 the vision of the program was developed but some difficulties in starting the teaching program were apparent. The mission of the residency program is to care for the undeserved and outreach to Latino populations. SYHC has provided pediatric, OB/GYN, and mental health services to the community for thirty years. At Scripps Hospital in Chula Vista with one of the newest Intensive Care Units (ICU's) and Emergency rooms in the county have been very cooperative in implementing the residency-training program.
The first year of the residency program consists of a one-month block in community medicine, which is comprised of speakers, field trips, didactic sessions, and public health services. The second year consists of a one month elective that allows residents to gain experience on the other side of the border. The Spirit of Caring, in cooperation with Scripps Chula Vista, Sharp, Chula Vista, and the Chula Vista Elementary School District is a mobile pediatric van.
The residents also provide acute visits to children at community sites in Chula Vista.