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.


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

Most of the inpatient residency training takes place at the Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital campus where internal medicine residents gain hands-on experience in virtually all medical and surgical subspecialties. Residents also have the opportunity to train at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, in addition to several affiliated training venues, including indigent clinics, Native American reservations and medical clinics in the South Pacific. 


Half of the Scripps Clinic residency experience takes place in the outpatient setting, which is where most general and subspecialty internists practice medicine once they’ve completed their training. A majority of the subspecialty rotations also take place in the outpatient setting, which sets us apart from most other academic medical center residency programs.

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, 2018. The COMLEX Exam does not serve as a substitute for the USMLE Exam for this program.