Teaching Sites

Family Medicine Residency Clinical Sites Offer Diversity

Our proximity to the US-Mexico border provides residents a unique opportunity to take health care beyond the walls of the traditional hospital or clinic setting.

Through our partnership with the Chula Vista Family Clinic, San Ysidro Health Center and local school districts, community experiences are included in rotations throughout the residency curriculum.

Teaching sites include the following:

Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista

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Established in 1964, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista joined the Scripps system in 1986 and is growing today in parallel with the community it serves. The hospital has 173 acute-care licensed beds and more than 700 employees. It is one of the closest hospitals—if not the closest in the nation—to the Mexican border.

The hospital has an open ICU, allowing the family medicine team to care for floor and ICU patients simultaneously. As one of only two hospitals in the South Bay region with a labor and delivery ward, it handles a high volume of deliveries. Residents work closely with specialists and have the opportunity to participate in many different inpatient procedures and surgeries.

Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego

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Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego is located in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego. Rotations include internal medicine and special care nursery (Level II NICU). Family medicine residents work alongside Scripps Mercy internal medicine residents during their inpatient ward months.

Rady Children’s Hospital

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A pediatric tertiary care center, Rady Children’s Hospital serves San Diego and Imperial Valley. Residents provide care here during inpatient pediatrics and pediatric emergency room rotations, working alongside residents from UCSD and other training programs.


Chula Vista Family Clinic

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Under the umbrella organization of the San Ysidro Health Center, the Chula Vista Family Clinic (CVFC) is the primary teaching clinic for the family medicine residents. The facility provides quality, coordinated, and empathetic care for urban, underserved populations. Residents and attendings see pediatric, adult, and prenatal continuity patients. Group visits, procedure clinic, dermatology clinic, and women’s clinic are also held at CVFC with family medicine faculty as attendings. Other services provided at the clinic include counseling, social work, health education, financial and health care access assistance and women’s health coordination. The patient centered medical home principles are incorporated into the residency curriculum and the community health center plans for enhanced patient care.

San Ysidro Health Center and Clinics

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The San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC) began operating out of a small house in 1969 as an outreach effort of the UCSD School of Medicine. It now encompasses multiple health services and satellite clinics that are subsidiaries of SYHC, including the Maternal Child Health Center, San Ysidro Mental Health, National City Family Clinic, Otay Family Health Center, Comprehensive Health Center, Paradise Hills Family Clinic, Chula Vista Family Clinic and more.

SYHC is a federally-designated community health center (FQHC) and is governed by a community-based board of directors representing the ethnically diverse population it serves. Many of its clinics and services are very close to the Mexican border—some with views of the hills of Tijuana—allowing residents to experience and become experts in border medicine.

High School Clinic

Offering a unique opportunity to care for adolescents, the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program has a clinic at Southwest High School, giving trainees a chance to treat, mentor, educate and inspire the students.