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Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Program

The mission of the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program is to provide a superior academic environment with diverse clinical and research opportunities so that each resident receives the training necessary to achieve his or her career aspirations. 

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Dr. Castellanos: New Director of Diversity in Medicine

Dr. Luis CastellanosWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Luis R. Castellanos, MD, MPH as Director of Diversity in Medicine and Faculty Outreach for the UCSD Department of Medicine.  Dr. Castellanos  is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Cardiology.  In his new role, he will work to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse medical professionals, including internal medicine residents and faculty, from underrepresented in medicine minority (URM) groups within the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Castellanos has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the critical mission of improving diversity and promoting inclusion in the medical field in order to better serve the members of our diverse community. 

Dr. Castellanos graduated from UC Davis summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He first joined UCSD as an Internal Medicine resident in 2003. He was then completed a prestigious Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University/Commonwealth Fund Program, obtaining a Master's in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Castellanos subsequently completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at UC Davis where he was selected as the Chief Research Fellow for his involvement in clinical research that addressed vulnerable populations.  He joined the faculty at UCSD in 2010.  As part of his clinical service, Dr. Castellanos travels to the Imperial Valley to provide cardiac care to underserved populations from El Centro, Brawley and neighboring communities. 

Dr. Castellanos' research focuses on health outcomes and inequities involving racial and ethnic minority groups.  He has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Cardiac Failure.  Dr. Castellanos was awarded a research grant from the Clinical and Translation Research Institute to study the effectiveness of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation program in patients with coronary heart disease who live in rural communities.  He has been invited to present his research at national conferences such as the American Heart Association and the National Hispanic Medical Association annual meetings where he has been a strong advocate for improving cardiovascular heath of vulnerable populations.

Dr. Castellanos has been recognized by the UCSD Clinical Advancement and Recognition of Excellence in Service and received the National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine Award in 2013. Most recently, Dr. Castellanos was selected as a UCSD LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Advancement and Diversity) Fellow.


This Year's Fellowship Program Match Results Are In

Our residency program graduates have matched to major fellowship programs across the United States as well as here in San Diego. The December 2016 results:


  • Meghan Garcia - National Jewish, Denver
  • Christine Rukasin - Vanderbilt
  • Trisha Sharma - UC Irvine


  • Neil Beri - UC Davis
  • Roxana Ghashghaei - UC Irvine
  • Calvin Hang - UCSD
  • Misha Narezkin - Houston Methodist
  • Thomas Prohaska - UCSD
  • Darrin Wong - UCSD


  • Ali Akram - UCSD


  • Josh Bollan - UCSD


  • Miriam Jacobs - Washington University

Infectious Diseases

  • Ahnika Kline - National Institutes of Health
  • Thomas Martin - UCSD
  • Katya Prakash - UCSD
  • Stephen Rawlings - UCSD

CDC-Epidemic Intelligence Service

  • Aaron Kofman - CDC

Palliative Care

  • Vishar Amin - UT Southwestern
  • Caitlin Dockweiler - UCSD
  • Emily Martin - UCSD
  • Tammy Rubenzik - UCSD 

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

  • Ryan Anderson - Stanford
  • Bita Ghafouri - Stanford
  • Jisha Joshua - UCSD
  • Alex Kassar - Cedars Sinai
  • Mazen Odish - UCSD
  • Annie Oh - UCSF


  • Christine Anastasiou - UCSF

Sports Medicine

  • Paul Meirick - Vanderbilt

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Resident Spotlight

Dr. Maggie Kozman

Dr. Maggie Kozman
Class of 2020

Hometown: Corona, CA
About me: I'm a Med/Peds resident who's originally from southern California, went to medical school in northern California, and came back down here to be closer to my giant extended family. I love beaching, dancing, singing, going to concerts/musicals, traveling, hiking, camping, and playing with other people's babies and dogs.
Why I Chose UC San Diego: Strong training on both the Medicine side and the Pediatrics side, training experiences in a wide range of healthcare settings (university/county hospital, VA, university-affiliated and community clinics, ED, separate children's hospital, etc.), up to 2 months of global health opportunities in established and new sites, brilliant and fun co-residents, and incredibly supportive program directors/administrators
Favorite Place in San Diego: Here are 2 of many- La Jolla Shores for awesome beaching and bonfires, and Sunset Cliffs for gorgeous views.
Favorite UCSD Memory: Again, so many! But I'll always remember bonding with my incredible co-residents at the annual holiday party: great people, great food, gettin' all fancy, exchanging gifts, and getting to all be in 1 place at the same time.
Career Plans: Med/Peds hospitalist, global health, medical education

Announcing UCSD IM Chief Residents 2018-19!

Please join us in congratulating the next generation of chief residents who will be leading our program during the 2018-19 Academic year! They have generously agreed to dedicate another year of their life to helping our program. They are:

  • Shannon Devlin
  • Kevin Eng
  • Paulette Gabbai-Saldate
  • Jean Guan
  • Joe Meserve
  • Jack Temple (VA Chief Resident in Quality & Safety)

We are so grateful to them! 


We Couldn’t Be More Proud!

Congratulations to all of our interns and residents who participated in the Southern California, Region III ACP Meeting on Saturday, September 16th in Marina Del Rey! 

We had over 25 interns, residents, and medical students from UCSD present posters and compete at the competition!! 

Special congratulations to Prerana Bhatia (R2) for placing 2nd for her poster entitled "Okay to Smoke but not to Eat: A Case of Hemp Anaphylaxis". Way to go team!!

Program Director's Message

Simerjot K. Jassal, MD

Dr. Simerjot Jassal Welcome! We are so excited that you are considering joining our UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program family.

Our program offers broad-based training in general internal medicine and all its specialties, with the opportunity to care for diverse racial and ethnic populations at three world-class teaching hospitals and a myriad of outpatient clinics.  |  More from Dr. Jassal

What's Happening Now in Our Program

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The Internal Medicine Residency Program trains world-class physicians who excel in patient care, research and service. Your donation to support the program will be used for educational tools, conference fees, food and other morale-boosting items.

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Recent resident wellness events include cooking and paint throwing.

Recent resident wellness events include paint throwing.

Another resident wellness event: cooking.

Another resident wellness event: cooking.