ZSFG Primary Care General Internal Medicine Track

Welcome to the San Francisco General Internal Medicine Primary Care Track of the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program (SFPC).

We were founded in 1982 by Dr. Rick Haber with the vision to provide comprehensive, outstanding and equitable medical care and advocacy for diverse patients and populations, particularly for those from marginalized groups.  We are a three-year residency program at San Francisco General Hospital, one of the top-ranking public hospitals in the country and a part of the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency. Our residents rotate through all of our excellent teaching hospitals including San Francisco General, UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Our 24 SFPC residents have their continuity primary care clinic at The Richard Fine People’s Clinic (RFPC) which was founded in 1970 as one of the first outpatient clinics at a public hospital in the United States and serves over 9,000 diverse patients.


SFpc residents



Diverse patients served


Our mission is to teach the practice of comprehensive high-quality medicine for the underserved and to cultivate the next generation of leaders in primary care, education, advocacy, and scholarship.

"Biker with a Moral Compass" Documentary about Richard Fine

We are strongly committed to recruiting a diverse group of trainees. We feel this is essential to best serve the incredible individuals that seek care in our health system and be a driver of change towards health equity. Applications from under-represented racial, ethnic, and cultural groups are strongly encouraged in addition to applicants committed to primary care in safety-net settings. Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Applications Service (ERAS). Be sure to select the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Primary Care Track (NRMP Code: 1062140M1). In addition to the ERAS application, we require your MSPE, departmental letter, letters of recommendation from faculty who are acquainted with your work, USMLE scores that are available, medical school transcript, and a personal statement.


Program Director

Joan Addington-White, MD, FACP | [email protected]

Joanie Addington-White MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). She is the Program Director of the San Francisco General Primary Care Track. She went to Medical School at the University of Chicago and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University. Before assuming her responsibilities at UCSF, Joanie was a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, where she started and served as the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Primary Care Track Residency. She is passionate about practicing medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, complex medical issues, care of the patient with a history of incarceration, and HIV primary care. Dr. Addington-White teaches about health equity, general internal medicine, and focuses on creating a curriculum and program which attracts and mentors a diverse group of residents. She leads the Health Equity pathway for the Internal Medicine residency. 

Joanie Addington-White, MD
Joanie Addington-White, MD, FACP


Associate Program Director

Lisa Ochoa-Frongia, MD | [email protected]

Lisa Ochoa-Frongia, M.D. is a clinician-educator and Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). Dr. Ochoa-Frongia is a practicing primary care physician and Associate Program Director for the ZSFG Primary Care General Internal Medicine Track of the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program (SFPC). She is also the former Associate Medical Director of Richard Fine People's Clinic and Ambulatory Site Director for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency at SFGH. Dr. Ochoa-Frongia is a proud graduate of SFPC and is passionate about resident education, social justice, mental health within primary care and helping people achieve wellbeing through health care. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family including her husband and two sons, hiking and cooking.  

Dr. Ochoa-Frongia's scholarly interests include best practices in the treatment of mental and behavioral health conditions in primary care, behavioral health integration in safety-net clinics, curricular development and mental health curricula for primary care providers. She is the PI for a 5-year HRSA Training Enhancement award for a project entitled Training for Residents Integrating Skills, Treatment, Advocacy and Resilience for Mental and Behavioral Health (TRI-STAR). Through this project, she is working with a team of outstanding UCSF faculty members to enhance the SFPC mental health curriculum. 

Lisa Ochoa-Frongia
Lisa Ochoa-Frongia, MD


Program Administrator

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I'm the program administrator of the county hospital (ZSFG)-based UCSF Internal Medicine Primary Care (SFPC) Track and General Internal Medicine Fellowship. I've been in this position for 10+ years and during that time, our residency program expanded by 30%. We now have more primary care residents dedicated to serving the socio-economically disadvantaged communities of San Francisco and more curricular time devoted to training focused on improving healthcare and reducing health disparities for high-risk and vulnerable populations. I feel grateful for the opportunity to contribute, albeit in a small way, to the mission of our program and our hospital. Seeing the dedication from the residents, fellows, faculty, and my colleagues to their work is really motivating—I think that's why the 10+ years don't even seem that long. I'm a native of San Francisco. I live close to Golden Gate Park and always wish to see more of the sun (now you can guess which part of the city I live in!). During hours that I'm not working, I enjoy taking walks along the beach (weather permitting) and jogging (or walking) down the JFK promenade in Golden Gate Park with upbeat music accompanying me. I also love to travel and wish to do more of that! Fun fact about me: I can stay up all night to binge-watch a good Netflix show, though (luckily?) I haven't found one lately.



Program Coordinator


Jonathan Ballard, MA is the Program Coordinator for the ZSFG-based UCSF Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program. He has been in this position for about three years working with an incredible leadership team and residents and faculty with a vision to provide comprehensive and equitable medical care and advocacy for underrepresented patients and populations. Jonathan brings a great deal of higher education experience focused on student services, advocacy work, community outreach, and support services to the team. Jonathan is originally from what he considers, the heart of the Central Valley, Wasco, CA. Jonathan is an avid national park visitor, sports enthusiasts, Netflix chiller, and huge fan of travelling. Fun fact about Jonathan: He has ran a 10k race on the Great Wall of China!



Leadership Team

SFPC Leadership Team