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Letter From Our Program Director

Dear Prospective Intern,

Welcome! We are so excited that you are considering joining our UC San Diego Internal Medicine family! UCSD is an exceptional training program with diverse clinical, educational, and research opportunities to prepare you well for any career path you choose.  Our mission is to train the healthcare leaders of tomorrow by providing you with cutting-edge training in internal medicine, its specialties, and critical competencies such as structural racism and the social determinants of health. The people at UCSD are what set us apart—our residents, our patients, and our faculty.

Our residents are the greatest strength of our program.  They are not only smart, caring, hard-working physicians who practice high value, cost conscious, evidence-based medicine, but they are also wonderful, supportive friends and colleagues to one another both inside the hospital and out.  They are well-rounded people from diverse backgrounds across the globe.  We are proud to train some of the best physicians in the nation, and your co-residents here will become your teammates, your teachers, and your best friends for life. 

At UCSD, we treat our patients as we would members of our family.  The diverse patient populations at our three world-class teaching hospitals, the multitude of outpatient clinics throughout San Diego, and our sister hospital in Maputo, Mozambique form the foundation of the strong clinical training you will receive at UCSD.   Our inpatient training sites include UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest--a busy safety net hospital in the heart of our city that serves our local, global, and underserved populations; an academic VA medical center in La Jolla; and a tertiary care medical center in La Jolla which includes state-of-the-art specialty care centers in transplantation, advanced cardiovascular care, our comprehensive cancer center, and our world-renowned center for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.  Our diverse outpatient sites include clinics at UCSD, the VA, Kaiser, Scripps and Sharp. Our presence in the Student Run Free Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, the Gay Men and Transgender Clinic, the County Public Health Department, and the State Prison underscores our commitment to caring for the underserved populations in San Diego. 

At UCSD, you will have the opportunity to care for people from all walks of life.  Our patients come from a wide variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds—they range from the last of the World War II veterans, to immigrants and refugees across the globe, from people experiencing homelessness, to Nobel Laureates, from patients with rare diseases and organ transplants, to patients with common conditions like COVID-19, heart failure, cancer, tuberculosis, and HIV.  Our geographic location, near the US-Mexico border, affords the opportunity for more patient diversity than any other place in the country. This rich, rigorous, and varied training environment will lay a strong foundation for your future career, wherever you choose to practice.  Our graduates consistently report feeling very well prepared for their future careers as fellows, hospitalists, or primary care doctors.

Our faculty are leaders in their fields, who are passionate about patient care, science, service and teaching.  They are clinician educators, physician scientists, primary care doctors, expert subspecialists, global health leaders and public health advocates.  UCSD is a world-class university and San Diego is a diverse, vibrant city with strength in biotechnology and innovation; this attracts trailblazers from around the globe.  These remarkable people will not only be your teachers and your mentors, but also your colleagues and your friends.  The collegial relationship between our faculty and our residents creates a comfortable learning environment where you can ask questions and develop into the clinician you will be throughout your career.

Training at UCSD includes protected didactic time with a varied interactive curriculum covering a wide array of topics including point of care ultrasound, health disparities, cultural humility, microaggressions, healthcare economics, interpreting medical literature, patient communication, and teaching.  Our residents also have the opportunity to participate in unique training experiences including a two-month mentored research elective and Global Medicine opportunities in Mexico and Mozambique.

We are sorry you will not be able to visit UCSD and meet the exceptional people of our program in person, but we hope you will get to know us over the interview season.   We hope this website helps to answer your key questions.  Please learn more about our residency program by visiting our blog at https://ucsdim.com/prospective-residents/. If you have any additional questions, email us at imtrain@ucsd.edu

BEST WISHES!

Simerjot K. Jassal, MD, MAS, FACP
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Residency Training Program