Internal Medicine Residents 2017 R2 Class Internal Medicine Residents at ACP 2017Residents Stephanie Guerreri and Aaron Kofman at ACP Poster competition 2015.Interns-Steve-Jian-banner2ACP Gary MaResidents in Friday School, where the topic was joint injection.Rising R2s at their year-end celebration in June 2015. Rising R2s in June 2015 before the beginning of their R3 year.Residents in joint injection session of Friday School.

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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Women in Medicine Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Alison Moore

Dr. Alison Moore

Dr. Moore is a nationally recognized woman physician, scientist and educator in the field of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. As chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the UCSD Department of Medicine, she leads the division’s efforts to establish excellence in clinical care, education, research, and community engagement. As a professor, Dr. Moore also lectures to students, residents, fellows and faculty on topics in aging including substance use, HIV and age-friendly health-systems. She is an excellent role model for all, especially young women physicians!

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Moore was the chief-at-large of the Division of Geriatrics at UCLA Health and a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

She completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and a residency in internal medicine at Brown Alpert Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Moore earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and obtained a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and of the American Geriatrics Society (AGSF)  where she is a member of the Board of Directors. 

UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program Diversity Efforts Featured in American Heart Association News

The residency program's Director of Diversity in Medicine Dr. Luis Castellanos has been featured in an article written by the American Heart Association highlighting our efforts to recruit diverse physicians into the program.  You can read the article here

Resident Spotlight

Reema Patel

Dr. Reema Patel
Class of 2020

Hometown: Granada Hills, CA

About me: Prior to coming to UCSD, I went to USC for undergrad and medical school. I have two siblings, an older sister and a younger brother. I love Mexican food. I'm an avid board game player, with my current favorites being Settlers of Catan and Monopoly Deal. Besides caring for patients, you'll see me tuning in to the latest season of The Real Housewives.

Why I Chose UCSD: I chose UCSD because of its strong reputation, diverse population, and supportive community of faculty and residents.

Favorite Place in San Diego: Torrey Pines Beach

Favorite UCSD Memory: The residency winter holiday party

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Announcing UCSD IM Chief Residents 2019-20!

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:

  • Kimberly Chau
  • Sean Kenmore
  • Gary Ma
  • Janet Ma
  • Robert Thomas
  • Grant Senyei (VA Chief Resident in Quality & Safety)
We are so grateful to them! 

Congratulations to the new Primary Care Pathway Residents!

It is our pleasure to announce the acceptance of the following residents into the Primary Care Pathway:

Minh-Da Le, PGY-2
Amie Nguyen, PGY-2
William Stendardi, PGY-2
David Malinak, PGY-1

They will be joining our existing Primary Care Pathway residents for a total of six primary care residents in the program for the upcoming academic year.

Please join us in congratulating them! 

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 2017 results:


  • Kay-Won Chang—Cedars Sinai
  • Jason Duran— UCSD
  • Jonathan Harrison—U Utah
  • Ruth Hsiao—UCLA
  • Rohit Mital—UCSF
  • Andrew Nguyen—OHSU
  • Marin Nishimura—UCSD


  • Jian Zhang—Stanford


  • Rebecca Kim—UCSF
  • Nghia Nguyen—UCSD 

Global Medicine

  • Evan Taylor (med/peds)--UCSF


  • Ashleigh Porter—UCLA
  • Courtney Schroeder—Tufts


  • Simon Hsu—U Washington

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

  • Leeyen Hsu—UCLA
  • Sanjeev Tyagi—U Michigan
  • Jenny Yang—UCSD


  • Brittany Frankel—U Washington
  • Meera Subash—UCSF

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

What's Happening Now in Our Program

To learn more about what is happening in our program, please visit our residents' website.

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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.

We appreciate your support!


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Resident Retreat 2018

Resident Retreat 2018Pictures from the Resident Retreat 2018 at Belmont Park!

Dr. Tricia SantosDr. Tricia Santos Cavaiola: Associate Program Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tricia Santos Cavaiola, as Associate Program Director for the UCSD Internal Medicine Residency Program, effective September 15, 2017.

Dr. Santos is Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.   After earning her undergraduate degree in political science and exercise physiology at UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Santos received her medical degree from the Oregon Health and Science University.  She completed her internal medicine residency, chief residency and endocrinology fellowship at UCSD.  We were fortunate when Dr. Tricia Santos joined the faculty in July 2013. She is an active clinician-educator who is recognized by her patients, trainees and colleagues for her exceptional patient care, teaching and research. Dr. Santos serves as the Medical Director of the Endocrinology Clinic, at the Medical Offices South in Hillcrest.  Her research focuses on clinical trials in type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Santos has a longstanding commitment to medical and graduate medical education at UC San Diego. She serves as the Director of the Endocrine, Reproduction, and Metabolism blocks for the first and second year medical students.  In recognition of her outstanding teaching, Dr. Santos was the recipient of the prestigious Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award from the medical students in 2011.   Since her time as a resident and chief resident, Dr. Santos has been a committed and gifted educator in the residency program, serving as the subspecialty coordinator for Endocrinology and a member of our Core Faculty.  She has served on the Internal Medicine Residency Intern Selection Committee since 2011.  She has also served on the Internal Medicine Residency Clinical Competency Committee and on the Recruitment Executive Committee since 2014. Dr. Santos was selected by the UCSD Internal Medicine residency program to receive the 2016 Academy of Clinician Scholars Whitehill Prize for Teaching which was given to one junior faculty member in the Department of Medicine.

Please congratulate Dr. Santos in her new role as Associate Program Director.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Scott Mullaney for his service as an Associate Program Director from 2012-2017.  Dr. Mullaney has transitioned to a new role as Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Faculty Teaching Development, but will continue to serve as a member of the residency program’s Core Faculty.  We are deeply grateful to Dr. Mullaney for his continued commitment to the training program, and in helping us to bridge the continuum from undergraduate to graduate to continuing medical education.