Welcome to UC San Diego's Internal Medicine Residency Program

UC San Diego internal medicine residents for 2014-2015.

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.

Our training environment provides a wide range of clinical and academic experiences designed to prepare you for a multitude of different career opportunities in internal medicine. Experience is available in clinical settings ranging from community outreach clinics to academic tertiary/quaternary referral centers. The large and diverse San Diego community, the proximity to the international border and the presence of a world-class tertiary referral center provides a fascinating and diverse patient population.

Our faculty includes world leaders in both clinical medicine and basic research. Under their guidance and supervision, our residents are encouraged to assume primary responsibility for patient care and to perform research.

Many of the recent innovations in the residency program have been crafted by the residents in cooperation with faculty and program leadership.

Our program supports a diverse group of nearly 100 residents. The camaraderie and high quality of our residents are the hallmarks of our residency program. Residents work closely with each other and our faculty, creating a thriving learning environment.

Graduates of our program regularly go on to accept highly competitive opportunities in clinical practice as well as in the most selective fellowship programs in the nation.


Dr. Rebecca Sell Receives
ATS Young Investigator Award

Dr. Rebecca SellAssociate program director Rebecca Sell, MD, won an ATS 2014 Young Investigator Award for her presentation at the annual meeting of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR) in Bali, Indonesia, November 13-16.

Her presentation was titled, "Difference in Outcomes between Senior Physician and Medicine Resident-led Code Blues."

Dr. Sell, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, was a chief medical resident in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program in 2006-2007.

Dr. Rebecca Sell receiving award at APSR 2014 meeting in Bali.

Dr. Sell receiving the award. Photo by Atul Malhotra, MD.

On the APSR 2014 program faculty was Atul Malhotra, MD, Kenneth M. Moser Professor of Medicine, director of sleep medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Malhotra, who received an ATS Young Investigator award in 2005, is now president-elect of the ATS.

Dr. Charlie Goldberg Joins
Program Faculty

Dr. Charles GoldbergDr. Charlie Goldberg is the new Associate Program Director for the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program, based at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). Dr. Goldberg is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and staff physician at the VASDHS. He has played an active role in resident and student education at UC San Diego since joining the institution in 1998 and has served as a core faculty member for the residency program since 2006.

Dr. Goldberg is an accomplished and beloved teacher, winning numerous national and local teaching awards from residents and students. He has been selected for the prestigious Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UC San Diego medical students seven times. In his role as co-director of the Clinical Foundations thread at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, he was instrumental in designing a new curriculum for the first two years of medical school.

He is also the leader of the one of the six academic communities at the School of Medicine. He has an interest in innovative curricular design and has created several educational websites and applications. The San Diego County Medical Society has recognized him as one of San Diego’s Top Doctors in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.


Our Residents Excel at Recent Scientific Meetings

At the American College of Physicians Regional Meeting October 18, R1 Jisha Joshua took first place with her research poster, "Soluble Guanylate Cyclase as a Novel Treatment Target for Osteoporosis."

Pictured below, from the left: Preethika Ekanayake, program director Simerjot Jassal, MD, Jisha Joshua, and Lauren Vincent.

UC San Diego internal medicine residents at ACP meeting 2014.

Our program's medical jeopardy team -- Christine Anastasiou, Gabe Schaefer, and Brian Wood -- made UC San Diego proud by competing strongly and coming in with a second-place win.

Also participating in the clinical vignette poster competition were Drew Bruggeman, Preethika Ekanayake, James Iwaz, Jisha Joshua (two posters), Steven Lin, Diana Moke, Vanessa Raabe, Lauren Vincent, Darrin Wong and Brian Wood.

Ian Neel, MDA warm congratulations also to Ian Neel (left), who received third place for his clinical vignette poster at the California Geriatrics Society-sponsored UC San Diego Clinical Geriatrics Interprofessional Symposium October 4-5.

Support Our Program

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!


Drs. Michele Pham, Satya (Nanu) Das, and Noel Lee Present Their Research at Medicine Grand Rounds on June 10


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Drs. Julie Chen and Darrin Wong at Medicine Grand Rounds.Drs. Julie Chen and Darrin Wong Present Their Research at Medicine Grand Rounds on June 3




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Resident Research Symposium: Of 34 Residents Presenting, Six Chosen to Speak at Medicine Grand Rounds

Six residents who will present their research at Medicine Grand Rounds

The Internal Medicine Residency Program presented its first annual Resident Research Symposium to a full crowd on Thursday, May 7, with presentations from 34 residents who have taken part in the program's research block in the last two academic years.

Of the 34, six residents were selected to present at Medicine Grand Rounds on June 3 and June 10. Pictured above, they are (from left) Drs. Kevin Shah, Noel Lee, Nanu Das, Julie Chen, Michele Pham and Darrin Wong.   More

Tyler Woodell, Lawrence Ma to Receive Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Resident Awards

Dr. Tyler WoodellDr. Lawrence Ma

Senior categorical internal medicine resident Tyler Woodell, MD (left) and fourth-year medicine-pediatrics resident Lawrence Ma, MD, have received Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Resident Awards.

The awards recognize them for their compassion, dedication and humanism in their approach to patient care in a ceremony on the School of Medicine campus on May 15.  More

Incoming Chief Medical Residents Announced


Photo galleries: Meet our chief medical residents for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.


Kevin Shah Named House Officer of the Year


Kevin Shah, MDSenior resident Kevin Shah, MD, has been chosen 2014-2015 House Officer of the Year in UC San Diego Health System's annual program honoring the top house staff and attending physicians.


After graduation, Kevin will move on to fellowship training in cardiology at UCLA. He received his MD from UC Irvine.


Announcing Our Incoming Interns for 2015-2016

Meet our incoming interns for 2015-2016: click here.

UC San Diego Internal Medicine Program In Nation's Top Ten in the West in Doximity Rankings

In Doximity rankings released January 13, UC San Diego is in the top ten in the West in internal medicine training and in combined or subspecialty residency training in anesthesiology, dermatology and pediatrics.  Details

Four Poster Presentations, Two Clinical Vignette Finalists at Regional Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting

Arthi Balu  Steven Lin

Arthi Balu (left) and Steven Lin.

Two UC San Diego internal medicine residents were clinical vignette finalists and a total of four presented posters at the California-Hawaii Regional Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine in Los Angeles on January 10.

The presentations:

  • Steven Lin, Clinical Vignette Finalist: "Acute liver injury with near progression to acute liver failure in a postpartum woman taking dietary supplements and with recent travel."
  • Arthi Balu, Clinical Vignette Finalist: "Differentiating pseudoseizure from true epilepsy."
  • Humaira Jami: "Pulmonary tuberculosis in a patient admitted for acute decompensated heart failure."
  • Ahnika Kline: "A story of phosphorus, PTH, and recurrent hip fractures in the older man."

Fellowship Program Match
Results Are In

Our program graduates have matched to major fellowship programs across the US as well as here at UC San Diego. The results:

Current Residents and Chief Medical Residents
  • Schafer Boeder - UC San Diego, Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Sunil Das - UCLA, Rheumatology
  • Sterling Dubin - USC, Gastroenterology
  • Adam Greenbaum - University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology
  • Wes Kidder - UC San Francisco, Hematology/Oncology
  • Noel Lee - UC San Diego, Cardiology
  • Felice Lin - UC San Diego, Cardiology
  • JT Link - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Hematology-Oncology
  • Michelle Pearlman - University of Texas Southwestern (Dallas), Gastroenterology
  • Vanessa Raabe - Emory University, Infectious Disease (Combined Medicine-Pediatrics)
  • Daniel Seifer - Oregon Health & Science University, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
  • Kevin Shah - UCLA, Cardiology
  • Sheri Tran - UC San Diego, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
  • Stephen Vampola - UCLA, Cardiology
  • Tyler Woodell - Oregon Health & Science University, Nephrology
Prior Graduates Who Matched This Year
  • Kevan Akrami - UC San Diego, Infectious Disease
  • Christoph Carter - University of Washington, Infectious Disease
  • Marjan Hovaida - University of New Mexico, Gastroenterology

Incoming chiefs at graduation.

Above: our 2014-2015 chief medical residents. Clockwise from left: Dr. Kidder, Dr. Vampola, Dr. Dubin, and Dr. Tran.

Program Honors

U.S. News Again Ranks UC San Diego Among Nation’s Best Graduate Schools:

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Dr. Maria C. Savoia Dr. Taylor Doherty


Where They Are Now

A number of our past chief medical residents are now faculty members in the Department of Medicine.

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career pathways >