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Scripps Mercy Transitional Year Residency Program

Offering new physicians comprehensive training prior to specialization

Members of the Scripps Mercy Transitional Year Residency Program gather for a photo.

Offering new physicians comprehensive training prior to specialization

Scripps Mercy San Diego offers two competitive training programs for physicians entering their first post-graduate year after medical school: A broad-based Transitional Year Residency Program and a Transitional Year - Anesthesiology Residency, which is jointly managed by Scripps and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Our Transitional Year residents work alongside the Scripps Mercy San Diego Categorical Internal Medicine Program, Family Medicine Program, Pharmacy Residency Program, and Podiatric Program, complete with visiting residents and medical students. Our unique setting and structure offers a rich academic experience with an individualized, community feel.

Our transitional year programs allow physicians to build superior clinical skills that serve as a cornerstone for subspecialty training and careers. Together with attending physicians, our residents manage some of San Diego’s most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse patient populations. Many of our graduates secure competitive fellowships in their chosen specialties and have risen to academic positions at prestigious medical centers around the country.

Program highlights

The transitional year residency programs at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego offer a wide breadth of training within a nationally recognized health care system.

Message from the program director

Our director explains what makes the Transitional Year Residency Programs at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego so rewarding.

From the program director, Kendell Anderson, DO

Dear Applicant,

A Transitional Year Internship is an exciting and important juncture in your medical career. Scripps Mercy Hospital is proud to offer a robust and well-rounded curriculum to fulfill the first-year requirements set forth by the ACGME for the specialties of anesthesia, radiology, radiation-oncology, neurology, dermatology, physical medicine and rehab, and more. Here at Mercy we believe the first postgraduate year is far more than “just a prerequisite” – it’s a critical year where residents hone their skills and build their foundation to become an outstanding physician - regardless of their chosen specialty. Our curriculum is designed to cultivate the essential habits of intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, and patient advocacy, all while learning from and caring for some of San Diego’s most vulnerable patients. It’s also a unique environment where residents create long-lasting relationships with peers and faculty as they become part of the ever-growing Mercy Family. 

Scripps Mercy San Diego serves as a safety net hospital for our surrounding communities, providing both primary and tertiary care on the wards and in the ICU. Our MICU is high acuity and one of the busiest in the county, providing ample learning and procedural opportunities for our housestaff, who work directly with critical care faculty. Our rotations span inpatient, outpatient, surgical and medicine subspecialties, providing customizable depth and breadth to your intern year. In addition, we offer pediatric rotations through our collaboration with Family Health Centers of San Diego and Radys Children’s Hospital, as well as a highly rated Research elective. Our proximity to the US-Mexico border and location within San Diego County means the ability to care for some of San Diego’s most medically and socioeconomically diverse patients, each who come to us with a unique story and healthcare need. Our experienced and dedicated faculty model the art of delivering exceptional care in a compassionate and caring way – an intangible practice known as “the Mercy style of care”. 

Scripps’ executives, directors, faculty, and staff have been committed to resident education for over 40 years. In addition to our Transitional Year Programs, Scripps Mercy hosts ACGME-accredited residencies in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine, as well as a CPME-accredited Podiatric and ASHP-accredited Pharmacy residency. We’re a secondary training site for residents from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Naval Medical Hospital, and Family Health Care Centers of San Diego. Our UCSD Medical School affiliation means our residents teach and mentor third-year medical students, and we regularly host fourth-year sub-interns from institutions across the country. Our Transitional Year interns work alongside peers from different specialties at various stages in training, creating an academic setting where colleagues learn, grow, and teach together. 

As Program Director, I am committed to providing a rich and supportive learning environment that fosters curiosity and drives professional growth. Our interns come to us from a variety of backgrounds with diverse experiences, providing valuable perspectives to our patients and the program. We are proud to graduate well-rounded physicians who are prepared with the knowledge, habits, and skills necessary to thrive in their next level of training. And while our class size affords the opportunity to focus on the unique interests and needs of the individual, our program culture fosters the principles of inclusivity, teamwork, and well-being. 

I hope you take this opportunity to review the website to learn more about our programs and what we have to offer. Together our residents, faculty, and patients make Scripps Mercy San Diego a great place to train!


Kendell Anderson, DO

Program Director, Transitional Year Internship 

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine

Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego 

Training sites and rotations

The transitional year is designed to provide a broad clinical experience across medical and surgical services and subspecialties. We’re proud to offer a multitude of clinical rotations across a variety of settings.

Faculty and residents

We are committed to resident success and excellence in medical education. Our transitional year residents learn and work in a multidisciplinary setting alongside other physicians in training, experienced teaching attendings, subspecialists and researchers. Our teaching faculty come from institutions all over the country, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, UCSD and our very own Scripps Mercy.

Research opportunities

Our residents have access to a wide variety of research opportunities within the Scripps Network and beyond. As part of our individualized approach to training, we offer a dedicated one-month research elective which can be tailored to your interests. This elective allows residents the opportunity to continue research endeavors they may have started during medical school, to start new projects here with Scripps faculty, or in partnership with their categorical training program.

The Scripps Hub Academic Research Core (SHARC) team, funded by the Clinical Translational Science Award and Scripps Graduate Medical Education programs, supports residents with project navigation, biostatistical analyses and community engagement to promote Scripps trainee and investigator-initiated research.  

Through the support of our program, our faculty, the Melisa Reasner McGuire Health Sciences Library, and the SHARC team, our residents’ scholarly activity often results in significant publications and presentations at the national level. Visit our Database of Scholarly Publications for Mercy Authors.


Recent resident-led projects include:

  • Cardiovascular limited ultrasound examination (CLUE) using pocket-sized digital devices
  • Clinical trials of new cancer agents
  • Recognizing emerging complications of new cancer agents
  • Team training to enhance communication with families of patients in the ICU
  • Methamphetamine-induced cardiomyopathy 
  • Multiple infectious disease topics

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.

How to apply

The Scripps Mercy Hospital Residency Selection Committee reviews all applications for the Transitional Year Residency Program based on the following criteria:

  • Academic performance
  • Clinical performance
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and integrity
  • Professionalism