Scripps Mercy's Residency Program Achieves 100% Pass Rate

All 11 graduates from the 2005 Internal Medicine Program at Scripps Mercy Hospital recently passed the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board Examination. These results mark the tenth consecutive year that Scripps Mercy Hospital has had a 100 percent pass rate — a track record that exceeds all other internal medicine residency training programs in California, including UCLA, UCSF, UC-Davis and Stanford. Nationally, only 90 percent of new graduates receive a passing score on the exam.

“The fact that our graduates consistently perform with a 100 percent pass rate underscores the quality of the relationships between our faculty and residents,” said David Shaw, M.D., director of graduate medical education at Scripps Mercy Hospital. “We are passionately committed to the art and science of medicine, and I’m very proud of our graduates’ achievements.”

Scripps Mercy’s Internal Medicine Residency Training Program seeks to combine the best aspects of a university with a private hospital training program. Like most university hospitals, Scripps Mercy is a tertiary care referral center as well as a primary care hospital, which allows residents to participate in the care of patients with a broad spectrum of disease acuity. The socio-economic and ethnic patient population at Scripps Mercy is also very diverse, which provides exposure to a broad patient mix. In addition, faculty and residents are very involved in clinical research and have made significant contributions to medical science.

By training the physicians and others who will be caring for our loved ones in the years to come, the graduate medical education program is an integral part of the continuum of care provided at Scripps Mercy. The Graduate Medical Education department and each of its residency programs (internal medicine, family medicine, transitional year and podiatry) are committed to measurable, continuous improvement of both patient care and resident education.

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