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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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Resident Spotlight

Dr. Paulette Gabbai-Saldate

Dr. Paulette Gabbai-Saldate
Class of 2018
Chief Resident 2018-19

Hometown: Encinitas

About me: I love the beach, brunch, and spending the weekend wine tasting in Mexico

Why I Chose UC San Diego: I went to med school here and was always impressed with the residents: they seemed so clinically strong but also very supportive of each other. It turns out my impressions were correct, I am amazed every day by how intelligent, funny, and kind my co-residents are. 

Favorite Place in San Diego: the meditation gardens in Encinitas

Favorite UCSD Memory: every part of the intern retreat 

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

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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! 

Dr. 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.

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.

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Recent resident wellness events include cooking and paint throwing.

Recent resident wellness events include paint throwing.

Another resident wellness event: cooking.

Another resident wellness event: cooking.


Dr. Castellanos: New Director of Diversity in Medicine

Dr. Luis CastellanosWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Luis R. Castellanos, MD, MPH as Director of Diversity in Medicine and Faculty Outreach for the UCSD Department of Medicine.  Dr. Castellanos  is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Cardiology.  In his new role, he will work to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse medical professionals, including internal medicine residents and faculty, from underrepresented in medicine minority (URM) groups within the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Castellanos has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the critical mission of improving diversity and promoting inclusion in the medical field in order to better serve the members of our diverse community. 

Dr. Castellanos graduated from UC Davis summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He first joined UCSD as an Internal Medicine resident in 2003. He was then completed a prestigious Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University/Commonwealth Fund Program, obtaining a Master's in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Castellanos subsequently completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at UC Davis where he was selected as the Chief Research Fellow for his involvement in clinical research that addressed vulnerable populations.  He joined the faculty at UCSD in 2010.  As part of his clinical service, Dr. Castellanos travels to the Imperial Valley to provide cardiac care to underserved populations from El Centro, Brawley and neighboring communities. 

Dr. Castellanos' research focuses on health outcomes and inequities involving racial and ethnic minority groups.  He has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Cardiac Failure.  Dr. Castellanos was awarded a research grant from the Clinical and Translation Research Institute to study the effectiveness of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation program in patients with coronary heart disease who live in rural communities.  He has been invited to present his research at national conferences such as the American Heart Association and the National Hispanic Medical Association annual meetings where he has been a strong advocate for improving cardiovascular heath of vulnerable populations.

Dr. Castellanos has been recognized by the UCSD Clinical Advancement and Recognition of Excellence in Service and received the National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine Award in 2013. Most recently, Dr. Castellanos was selected as a UCSD LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Advancement and Diversity) Fellow.