Scripps Mercy Family Medicine Residency

Community-based, family medicine training in San Diego’s diverse South Bay

Two family medicine residents share notes over coffee, showing the camaraderie of this close-knit program at Scripps Mercy Chula Vista.

Community-based, family medicine training in San Diego’s diverse South Bay

The Family Medicine Residency Program at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista trains family medicine physicians to provide comprehensive medical care, with a curriculum that emphasizes community medicine. Scripps partnerships with local community health programs allow residents to focus on medically underserved communities, particularly those along the California and Baja border regions.


Our GME program is small but close-knit, with ample opportunities to make a difference in the community while gaining valuable hands-on experience. Residents complete rotations in numerous inpatient and outpatient specialties, including women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine and behavioral health. We also provide full-spectrum family medicine at Chula Vista Medical Plaza, a continuity clinic that follows the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care.

Program highlights

Family medicine residents at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista learn to provide family-centered medical care that is comprehensive and culturally sensitive. And our graduates consistently have high American Board of Family Medicine pass rates.

Mission statement

We train residents to become full-spectrum and culturally competent family medicine physicians and leaders who will increase access to quality health care for medically underserved communities, particularly along the California-Baja border.

Message from program director

Dr. Marianne McKennett is a family medicine physician and program director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista.

Message from program director

Our director explains how the Family Medicine Residency Program at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista offers a rich and rewarding experience.

From the program director, Marianne McKennett, MD

Thank you for your interest in the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program. Recognizing significant disparities in access to health care, our mission is to train family physicians who are prepared to provide comprehensive family-centered medical care with a focus on underserved communities.


We are a community-based training program that offers the benefits of being the only residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista and the advantages of close affiliations with the excellent medical education department at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego and the UC San Diego School of Medicine.


Our program was established with the support of the San Diego Border Area Health Education Center with a goal to increase access to quality health care for the medically underserved communities along the California and Baja California border region. A close affiliation with San Ysidro Health — a large, federally qualified community health center (FQHC) on the US border with Mexico — provides the opportunity to care for a Latino population and to address border health issues.


Our program is dedicated to training excellent family physicians with a commitment to providing care for people and communities in need. Medical students are recruited for their commitment to community medicine, cultural competency and scholarship. In our recruitment of residents, we target students who have shown a commitment to working with underserved populations.

We use a community-driven approach that emphasizes community medicine throughout the curriculum. This begins with a community medicine rotation for all interns that includes workshops, community site visits and a hands-on introduction to the Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) model.


Through our partnership with San Ysidro Health, Operation Samahan, Imperial Beach Family Health Center and local school districts, community experiences are included in rotations throughout the residency curriculum. Additionally, rotations in pediatrics/adolescent medicine, women’s health, behavioral medicine, HIV care, sports medicine and geriatrics all include clinical activities in community sites and with community service agencies.


In response to the Healthy Border 2010 objectives, our program developed a curriculum to improve cultural and linguistic competence for residents. This longitudinal program incorporates the teaching of medical Spanish, cultural issues and health disparities in a clinically relevant context.


Residents and faculty work together and support each other to address the health issues facing our patients and border community. Our family medicine residents graduate as physician leaders who are able to provide comprehensive medical care and who are ready to make a difference in their communities.


I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program!


Marianne McKennett, MD

Program Director

Family Medicine Residency

Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista

Curriculum and teaching sites

Family medicine residents at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista gain exposure to a variety of adult and pediatric specialties during their three years of training. View our complete list of inpatient and outpatient rotations (PDF, 200 KB) for first-, second- and third-year residents.


Our proximity to the US-Mexico border also provides residents a unique opportunity to take health care beyond the walls of the traditional hospital or clinic setting. Diverse community experiences are included in rotations throughout the residency curriculum.

Faculty and residents

Scripps family medicine residents enjoy the guidance of experienced physicians and researchers and learn alongside other talented trainees.

Resident life

The Scripps Family Medicine Residency offers an ideal blend of academics and support. Residents benefit from formal career-building opportunities as well as fun team-building activities.

Salary and benefits

The terms and conditions of resident training and employment are specified in the employment agreement (resident contract), including training obligations, stipend and benefits. Copies of the employment agreement, yearly rotation schedule, call schedules and other information are provided at the interview.

For applicants

All appointments are facilitated through the National Resident Matching Program’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).