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Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Program

The mission of the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program is to provide a superior academic environment with diverse clinical and research opportunities so that each resident receives the training necessary to achieve his or her career aspirations. 

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Announcing UCSD IM Chief Residents 2021-22!

Please join us in congratulating the next generation of chief residents who will be leading our program during the 2018-19 Academic year! They have generously agreed to dedicate another year of their life to helping our program. They are:

  • Lauren Haggerty
  • Lizzie Hastie
  • Mark Jiang
  • Armando Martinez
  • Ashley Scanlon
  • Susan Seav (VA Chief Resident in Quality & Safety)
  • Averie Tigges (VA Chief Resident in Quality & Safety)

We are so grateful to them! 

This Year's Fellowship Program Match Results Are In

Dear UCSD IM Family,

Please congratulate your friends on their awesome fellowship match results!

Advanced Heart Failure
Andrew Lin—UCSD

Omar Aldaas—UCSD
Ali Brann—UCSD
Shaun Giancaterino—UC Davis
Jeremy Kong—Kaiser San Francisco
Gary Ma—UCSD
Janet Ma—MGH (Boston)
Ibrahim Selevany—Montefiore (New York)
Justin Sharim—Harbor UCLA

Reema Patel—UCLA
Robert Thomas—UCSD
Minh-da Lee—UTSW

Holly Greenwald—Temple (Philadelphia)
Cynthia Hsu—UCSD 
Eric Low—UCSD
Kusuma Pokala—U Colorado (Denver)

Karen Yun—UCSD
Paulette Gabbai-Saldate—Scripps

Infectious Diseases
Rehan Syed—UCSD

Palliative Care
Shannon Devlin—U Utah

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Allen Jiang—UCSD
Grant Senyei—UCSD
Victor Chun—UCLA

Paul Hsu--UCSD

Kim Kreitinger—Stanford

We are so proud of all of you! Your futures are bright!

Announcing our new Global Health Pathway with Dr. Annie Cowell!

The UCSD Internal Medicine Program will launch our new Global Health pathway in July of 2020!  This pathway is designed for residents who want to learn more about the global aspects of healthcare and/or are interested in pursuing a career in Global Health. Rotations in this pathway will increase our residents’ experience in working with underserved populations, public health, regional health care challenges, and infectious diseases. Dr. Annie Cowell of the Division of Infectious Diseases will be the Director of the Global Health pathway.

Residents apply to join the pathway at the end of their intern year.  Those who are selected will participate in rotations that highlight local global health opportunities with partner institutions in Mexico during their PGY2 year.  They will also spend 1-2 months on an international rotation which will be funded through the generous support of the Dr. Robert Schooley of the UCSD Division of Infectious Diseases.   UCSD has a longstanding educational and research partnership with the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) School of Medicine in Maputo, Mozambique, though residents can also select from a range of other sites (final list to be determined).  In addition, residents in this pathway will meet at scheduled intervals with expert faculty and their pathway co-residents to discuss issues in Global Health as well as their personal experiences.

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Congratulations to the newest Pathway Residents!

It is our pleasure to announce the acceptance of the following residents into the following pathways:

RACE Track
Alexander Tong
Catherine Cichon
Alex Sykes
Anna Silverman
Aaron Lee
Janna Raphelson

Global Health Pathway
Mandy Mohindra
Ian Drobish

Primary Care Pathway
Christine Sonners
Neena Iyer
Sophie Cannon

Integrative Medicine Pathway
Liz Epstein
Katarina Vasiljevic
Michael Jew
Christine Sonners

Hospital Medicine Pathway
Pooja Jaeel
Alexis Quade
Dan Corbally
Kevin Wang
Ann Xing
Aram Namavar

Please join us in congratulating them!

Prelim perspectives

Why two residents chose UCSD Internal Medicine for their prelim year

"The internal medicine program at UCSD fosters a culture of support among residents and leadership to facilitate intern year felt less like a waypoint but rather an essential step to becoming an interventional radiologist."

- John Do, IR Class of 2024


"My preliminary year was a great way to familiarize myself with UCSD as a whole. Even though my time in the internal medicine program was short, right away I felt like I was part of the warm, inviting family that it is. Without a doubt, the clinical knowledge I gained during my intern year helped immensely in making the transition to my anesthesiology residency, where understanding and integrating pathophysiology and pharmacology at a fast pace is essential. I also made (and maintained) great friendships with my former co-interns and developed strong working relationships with residents in other specialties because of the time I spent here as an intern."
- Tosha Songolo, Anesthesiology Class of 2021

Check out where our prelims go after their year with UCSD IM!

Program Director's Message

Simerjot K. Jassal, MD

Dr. Simerjot Jassal Welcome! We are so excited that you are considering joining our UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program family.

Our program offers broad-based training in general internal medicine and all its specialties, with the opportunity to care for diverse racial and ethnic populations at three world-class teaching hospitals and a myriad of outpatient clinics.  |  More from Dr. Jassal

Resident Spotlight

Dr. Cathy Cichon
Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY-2
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

About me
: I love exploring the great outdoors, discovering new breweries and coffee shops in San Diego, and cheering for the Fighting Irish. I lived in Miami, FL for four years in medical school, where I studied for my Master of Public Health and became involved in a global health project focused on resident education in Haiti. In my spare time, I enjoy experimenting with digital art as a tool for medical professional and patient education.


Why I chose UCSD: I loved the opportunities to work in global health, both locally (in San Diego and Tijuana) and abroad (in Mozambique and elsewhere). I also wanted to get the best training possible in both medicine and pediatrics, and UCSD provided that balance. Finally, all of the people I met on my interview day were awesome and I'm so lucky to get to call them my friends and colleagues now 🙂 The people here are amazing!

Favorite place in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs
Favorite UCSD memory: There's so many, but I'll never forget kayaking/paddle boarding across the San Diego Bay for free waterside seats to a Queen impersonator concert at Humphreys by the Bay!
Check out Cathy's artistic med ed instagram, @docscribbles!

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The Internal Medicine Residency Program trains world-class physicians who excel in patient care, research and service. Your donation to support the program will be used for educational tools, conference fees, food and other morale-boosting items.

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