UC San Diego internal medicine residents at American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting in 2016.Residents Tricia Sharma and Michele Pham at ACP 2015 Poster Competition.Rising R2s in June 2015 before the beginning of their R3 year.Residents Stephanie Guerreri and Aaron Kofman at ACP Poster competition 2015.Rising R2s at their year-end celebration in June 2015. Residents in joint injection session of Friday School.Residents in Friday School, where the topic was joint injection.

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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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Tricia Santos Cavaiola Wins Whitehill Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Tricia Santos Cavaiola, MD, the latest addition to the Internal Medicine Residency Program core faculty, is the Department of Medicine’s recipient of the Whitehill Prize for 2016. The Academy of Clinician Scholars awards the prize to one junior faculty member in the Department of Medicine by vote of the chief medical residents.

Dr. Santos, a Chief Medical Resident at UC San Diego in 2010-2011, is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Endocrinology. She co-directs the Endocrine, Reproduction and Metabolism I and II courses at the School of Medicine.

The Whitehill Charitable Trust, established in 1995 by Jules Leonard Whitehill, generated the Whitehill Prize for excellence in the teaching of clinical medicine or surgery.

Dr. Stacy Charat Directing Primary Care Pathway

Stacy Charat, MDWe are pleased to announce that Stacy Charat, MD, will serve as program director for the new Primary Care Pathway within the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

"We are absolutely delighted that Dr. Charat has agreed to lead our primary care pathway,” said Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Simerjot Jassal, MD.

“In addition to being an exceptional clinician and teacher, she has a passion for patient care and an enthusiasm for primary care that is inspiring.”

Regarding her new role, Dr. Charat said, “It is an exciting time for primary care both nationally and locally. I look forward to helping our internal medicine residents take full advantage of the outstanding primary care internal medicine environment here at UC San Diego and the VA.”

“Under her mentorship and guidance,” Dr. Jassal said, “I am certain that residents in the UC San Diego Primary Care Pathway will develop the broad and deep, unique clinical skills necessary for a successful career in the challenging and rewarding field of primary care."

Dr. Charat is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 2008 and did her residency in primary care internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She joined the UC San Diego School of Medicine/VA San Diego Healthcare System faculty in 2013.
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Dr. Paul Meirick Dr. Paul Meirick
Class of 2017

Hometown: Protivin, Iowa
MD: University of Iowa

About Me: I spend most of my free time either biking along the Pacific Coast Highway or trying to find the city's best fish taco. I also enjoy running, golf, playing the guitar, and going to outdoor concerts.

Why I Chose UC San Diego: UCSD has a great diversity of training environments, and by training in these different systems, I know I'll be ready for whatever professional opportunities lie ahead.

Favorite Place in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs

Best Part of Living in San Diego: If you have to work six days a week, on that seventh day you have the option to hike in the mountains, bike on the Pacific Coast Highway, run on the boardwalk, surf at the beach, or even make a quick trip to Mexico.

Career Plans: Sports Medicine.

We Couldn’t Be More Proud!

Over 20 of our residents and interns presented either a clinical vignette or a research poster at the American College of Physicians Southern California Regional Scientific Meeting in October.

Special congratulations to our residents Will Stendardi, MD (PGY-1), and Trisha Sharma, MD (PGY-3), who won second and third place in the competition.

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Dr. Ali Farkhondehpour Receives Lee Rickman Humanism Award

This year's recipient of the Lee Rickman Humanism in Medicine Award is Dr. Ali Farkhondehpour, now one of our chief medical residents in 2016-2017.

The award is given each year to the resident who most embodies the energy and devotion of Lee Rickman, MD, a UC San Diego residency program graduate and Department of Medicine faculty member who practiced infectious disease medicine with singular passion until his death in 2003.

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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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.