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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 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.

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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Congratulations to the new Pathway Residents!

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

Natalie Prussak
Kimberly Kreitinger
David Malinak
Reema Patel

Mark Rolfsen
Ali Asghar
DJ Gaines
Diego Vargas
Jordan Martinez

RACE Track (Resident As Clinician Educator):
Averie Tigges
Alex Cours
Lizzy Hastie
Ashley Scanlon
Hemali Batra-Sharma
Omar Aldaas
Masha Barsky
Nick Leverone
Eric Low
Kusuma Pokala
Maggie Kozman

Integrative Medicine:
Alex Cours
Ian Drobish
Dominic Picetti
Reema Patel

Please join us in congratulating them! 

Prelim perspectives


Why two interventional radiology 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


"I enjoyed that the IM program here treated me as an equal compared to their categorical residents. We had the same responsibilities and rotations, same access to procedures, elective opportunities, etc.  The variety of patients, both medical and surgical, that the IM service takes care of at UCSD prepares you to excel "
- Zach Berman, IR Class of 2020

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

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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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   This Year's Fellowship Program Match Results Are In


Our residency program graduates have matched to major fellowship programs across the United States as well as here in San Diego. The December 2018 results:


  • Jessica Galant-Swafford - UCSD
  • Eric Jones - USC
  • Amie Nguyen - Kaiser LA
  • Hannah Wangberg - Scripps Clinic/Scripps Green


  • Prerana Bhatia - UCSD
  • Quan Bui - UCSD
  • Stephanie Koh - Baylor (Houston)
  • Franz Schweis - Kaiser LA


  • Preethika Ekanayake (2015 grad) UCSD
  • Alex Tyan - UCSD


  • Shannon Devlin - UCSD
  • Jean Guan - UCSD


  • Waseem Ahmad - UCSD
  • Joe Meserve - UCSD
  • Megan Reinders (2018) grad - UCI
  • Fady Youssef - UCSD


  • Shiruyeh Schokrpur (PSTP) - UCSD
  • David Xu - Fox Chace Cancer Center

Infectious Disease

  • Aaron Kofman (2017 grad) - Emory
  • Sydney Ramirez (PSTP) - UCSD

Pulmonary and Critical Care

  • Laura Barnes (2018 grad) - UCSD
  • Sean DeWolf - UCSD
  • Kevin Eng - UCLA
  • Alex Pearce - UCSD
  • Anand Srikrishnan - UT Southwestern

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