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Letter from the Program Director


A program director has only one product; her residents. Regardless of your future career plans, my faculty will devote 100% of our energy and attention to assuring the best possible training experience for you over the next 1-3 years, customized to meet the education needs for each individual resident in a way that is impossible to achieve in most large residency programs. Residency programs look remarkably similar on paper; what differentiates us is not our curricula or fellowship placement rates, as much as our residents, faculty and most importantly, our patients.

Our Hospital

Located in the heart of beautiful San Francisco, St. Mary’s has a long history of educating physicians and providing care for the diverse San Francisco population. As our hospital’s motto states, “We started health care in San Francisco” and we continue to lead the way in healthcare reform today. Several years prior to the roll out of the Affordable Care Act, our residents were on the forefront of a progressive universal health care project called “Healthy San Francisco” (HSF) by providing care to the medically underserved population of our city. Today we continue to proactively participate in this important program, which represents the only option for OBAMA CARE ineligible patients to gain access to affordable health care (we are the official Hospital of the 3-time world champion San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers). It’s difficult to imagine a more diverse patient population; we care for patients across the entire socioeconomic spectrum and from around the world, and it’s true that the more you see the more you learn.


I describe our residency as an academic program in a community setting. Our residents are strongly encouraged to engage in scholarly activities including research, quality improvement projects, abstracts and poster presentations and authorship of systematic reviews and primary research manuscripts. More than half of our residents have posters accepted at the American College of Physicians meeting every year, and senior residents have the opportunity to present their work at National meetings.

St, Mary’s residents rotate to UCSF/SFGH for specialty and several subspecialty rotations where they work alongside UCSF residents and fellows. UCSF students rotate at St. Mary’s for in-patient and outpatient rotations. UCSF faculty regularly gives noon conferences and Grand Rounds.

Our residents maintain a “Drop Box” site that features full text links to an extensive essential reading catalog of core medical literature linked to each rotation. To assure excellent performance on the internal medicine board exam we complement our annual MKSAP with a well-structured ACP in-house board review course given by our faculty. Additionally, our residents are assigned online Challenger test modules, a state of the art self-study program. Our medical staff is committed to sponsor each graduating categorical resident to attend a 5-day UCSF board review course.

Through our academic associations with UCSF and Creighton medical schools, our residents routinely teach and supervise third and fourth year students.

Our Faculty

Our faculty’s top priority is your education, and residents enjoy an unusually close working relationship with both core and subspecialty faculty. Our teaching faculty, Chief of Medicine and Chief of Staff know every one of our residents by name and play a very active role in mentoring residents for their future careers. Several St. Mary’s faculty are UCSF and Creighton University professors, and several hold academic appointments at Stanford University.

Our Residents

Our preliminary interns come from excellent medical schools and go on to top national programs in Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Neurology, Dermatology, Anesthesia, Ophthalmology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Our categorical residents are recruited from academically excellent medical schools, and although the majority is U.S. medical graduates, we are committed to training residents who represent the same cultural diversity that we value in our patients: the resultant diversity in background and professional interests fosters a stimulating and collaborative working environment. Our graduates consistently do extremely well in fellowship and career placement. As a group, our residents are remarkably happy, interesting, intelligent and well-balanced people who love living and learning in San Francisco.