Message from the Program Director

Marianne McKennett, MD, Program Director of Scripps Family Medicine Residency

Marianne McKennett, MD, Program Director of Scripps Family Medicine Residency

Dear Residency Candidate,


Thank you for your interest in the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program.


Recognizing significant disparities in access to health care, the mission of the Scripps Family Medicine Residency program 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 San Diego and the UC San Diego School of Medicine.


The Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP) was established with the support of the San Diego Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC) 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 the San Ysidro Health Center, a large, federally qualified community health center (FQHC) on the US border with Mexico provides the opportunity to emphasize 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.


The Scripps FMRP uses 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 the San Ysidro Health Center, 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, the Scripps FMRP developed a curriculum to improve cultural and linguistic competence for their 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