Scripps Mercy Transitional Year Residency Program

Offering new physicians comprehensive training prior to specialization

Group photo of Scripps Mercy Internal Medicine Residency and Transitional Year Residency at Scripps in San Diego..

Offering new physicians comprehensive training prior to specialization

Scripps Health offers two competitive training programs for physicians entering their first post-graduate year after medical school: A broad-based Transitional Year Residency Program at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, and a Transitional Year Anesthesiology Residency jointly managed by Scripps and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 


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 care for some of San Diego’s most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse patient populations. Many of our graduates secured 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 supportive and nationally recognized health care system.

Message from the program director

Dr. Michelle Higginson is an internal medicine physician and program director of the Transitional Year Residency Programs at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego.

Message from the program director

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

Training sites and rotations

The transitional year is designed to provide a broad experience in general medicine, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The program also prepares residents for further training in a variety of subspecialty rotations and provides several elective opportunities.

Faculty and residents

Scripps transitional year residents learn and work alongside experienced physicians, researchers and other talented trainees.

Research opportunities

Transitional year residents at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego often participate in ongoing research opportunities within the institution. Members of the hospital’s clinical faculty and medical staff are involved in dozens of Institutional Review Board-approved research projects.


Some of our residents also pursue opportunities at nearby research institutions including The Scripps Research Institute and UCSD.

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.

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


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