Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital Internal Medicine Residency

Internal medicine training in diverse clinical settings

An aerial view of physicians in discussion around a table represents the evidence-based environment of the Scripps Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Internal medicine training in diverse clinical settings

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital prepares physicians to become excellent and independent practitioners of general and subspecialty internal medicine. We consistently match into the nation’s finest fellowship programs, and our graduates consistently obtain employment in the community and specialty of their choice.


Residents work in an autonomous, evidence-based patient care environment with substantial opportunities for one-on-one interactions with attending physicians and specialists. The program includes rotations in all internal medicine specialties and most related or affiliated specialties. And for residents interested in pursuing a career in primary care, we offer a unique primary care pathway that provides concentrated, supplemental training.


We also have a robust clinical research education and support system with a dedicated associate program director of resident research. In addition, we have a resident-as-clinical teacher curriculum, and serve as a teaching site for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).


While not all residents will choose a career as general internists, all program graduates should have the foundation of excellence in internal medicine.

Program highlights

The Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program is distinguished by our outstanding clinical, research and academic training as well as the numerous accolades awarded to Scripps.

Message from the director

Biraj Shah, MD, program director of Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program in San Diego.

Message from the director

Hear directly from the program director about what to expect from the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital.

Training sites, rotations and lectures

Inpatient residency training takes place at both the Scripps Clinic/Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campuses. At these sites, medicine residents gain extensive hands-on experience in virtually all inpatient medical/surgical subspecialties and are exposed to a wide range of pathology. Residents also rotate at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in their 1st and 3rd years to gain experience with an additional diverse patient population.


Approximately half of the residency experience takes place in the outpatient setting at various Scripps Clinic sites throughout San Diego. Besides Internal Medicine clinic, residents have the benefit of rotating through subspecialty clinics, which sets us apart from most other academic medical center residency programs. Additional unique outpatient experiences abound including those in indigent clinics, on Native American reservations and in medical clinics on Fiji.

Faculty and residents

Scripps Clinic internal medicine residents train under the mentorship of experienced medical, research and academic experts and alongside talented trainees.

Research opportunities

Conducting and critical evaluating scientific research is an important part of the internal medicine residency program at Scripps Clinic. Our research goals are:


  • To promote scientific inquiry on the part of our trainees
  • To prepare some trainees for a career that will contribute substantially to biomedical science
  • To render all of our trainees critical scientific thinkers who have a clear understanding of the demands of basic and clinical research and are skilled at analyzing, critiquing, and appropriately applying new scientific and clinical literature.


We believe these goals are best achieved by facilitating scientific inquiry and testing on the part of all our trainees. Therefore, all residents are required to develop and pursue a research project during their training and to present their findings at the end of their residency at Scripps Clinic Grand Rounds. 


The residency research director meets regularly with residents, collectively and individually, to help each resident formulate research ideas, choose a project mentor, refine the hypothesis and protocol, and plan for data collection and analysis.

Salary and benefits

The terms and conditions of resident training and employment are specified in the employment agreement that also includes training obligations, stipend and benefit provisions. 

How to apply

To be considered for an interview, the applicant must have completed the USMLE Step 2 by December 1, 2019. The COMLEX Exam does not serve as a substitute for the USMLE Exam for this program.