Professional Education and Research

In fiscal year 2018, Scripps Health allocated more than $26.7 million to professional education and health research; the majority of which was devoted to graduate medical education (GME) programs at Scripps.


Scripps also provided a wide array of educational and training support to its affiliated physicians, nurses and other caregivers, as well as to the community at large.


To learn more, view the 2019 Community Benefit Report. (PDF, 12 MB)

Education, training and support

Scripps provides graduate medical education programs, nursing resource development and other health care professional education.


Read the following stories to learn more about the steps Scripps is taking to educate physicians and youth interested in medicine.

Family medicine residents care for students at school based clinic

In collaboration with the Sweetwater Union High School District and San Ysidro Health, the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program developed school-based clinics at Palomar High School in 2003 and Southwest High School in 2007. Based on the needs of students and families, the clinics provide a wide scope of services including sports physicals, mental health assessments and treatments, and preventive health education. Both clinics collaborate closely with school personnel to identify students at risk and families in need of clinic services.


Family medicine residents not only improve access to care and build their adolescent medicine skills, they serve as role models and support students who have an interest in pursuing health related careers.

Scripps offers students mental health support

Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista Well-Being Center have partnered with San Diego State University to improve overall mental health care for local high school students through a school-based clinic at Southwest High School. Students earning their master’s degrees in social work at SDSU work with local behavioral health providers and Scripps family medicine residents to address mental health issues of vulnerable adolescents, including core issues such as anxiety and depression.

High school exploration program alumna addresses graduates

Students who participate in the annual Scripps High School Exploration Program spend five weeks of summer break at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego or Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista learning first-hand about medical careers, rotating through departments and working alongside our medical professionals.


Recently, two-time Explorer alumna Ellen Douglas spoke to the 2018 Explorer graduates. Now a second-year osteopathic medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington, Ellen shared her thoughts with graduates on how the program impacted her career choice.


“I found my path to medicine through personal experience with family illness, coupled with a passion for science and a desire to help others,” Ellen said. “By far the most impactful program that shaped my development as an aspiring healthcare professional was the Scripps Exploration Program.”


Growing up in Ramona, Ellen saw the challenges of living in a medically underserved community without immediate access to hospital services.


“If it were not for the Scripps High School Exploration Program, I would have never seen first-hand what superior health services looks like from such a young age. Whether I was standing over an open-heart surgery, following the trauma team up to Life Flight, serving patients lunch with the cafeteria staff, or working with the environmental services team to clean up after surgery, it was inspiring to witness how each department works together in synergy to provide the best patient experience and outcomes in a caring environment,” she said. “It was through my experience with the Scripps health care professionals that I truly witnessed what premiere patient-centered care looks like and saw the future doctor I aspire to be.”