Internal Medicine Residency Program

\\\Riverside GME Program \\\

Program Director Welcome

I am thrilled to welcome you to the Riverside Community Hospital/University of California, Riverside School of Medicine (RCH/UCR School of Medicine), Internal Medicine Residency Program website! Located in sunny Southern California, we offer both categorical Internal Medicine and Preliminary Year positions.

Our Internal Medicine Residency Program started in July 2016 and we anticipate a long tradition of excellence in education and patient care. GME is a crucial pillar of RCH mission and our program offers the best of both worlds: academic level training in a wellness-oriented, community-based learning environment. Our first class graduated in 2019 and we are very proud of our alumni’s accomplishments.

Riverside Community Hospital is a tertiary referral center for myocardial infarction, stroke, sepsis and trauma and a regional medical affiliate of University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. Our residents see a diverse patient population and pathology, which allows them to develop skills and scholarly interests in various subspecialties. Our rapidly growing research infrastructure supports residents’ involvement in research and Quality Improvement projects. We have quickly increased our trainees’ presence at national meetings, and strive to continue this trend. We expect that the planned addition of specialty fellowships and the collaboration with the UCR School of Medicine will increase our research footprint and provide our residents with even more opportunities.

Residents in our program will learn from a committed and talented faculty who are both excellent clinicians and dedicated educators. Additionally, our program prioritizes a commitment to excellence and the support of each resident’s individual personal and professional goals. We strive to employ all of our residents with the necessary skills to be role models of self-care and wellness, as they promote the well-being of the patients they serve.

Thanks again for visiting our website. I hope that this has helped give you a sense of the program and the people that train and work here. If you’re interested in a residency program where education will be a priority, you will have a balanced workload, receive a lot of autonomy, and have close, congenial relationships with your colleagues and teachers, we welcome your ERAS application!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Alina Popa, MD, FACP, FHM
Program Director, RCH/UCR SOM Internal Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UC Riverside School of Medicine