INTERNAL MEDICINE SENIOR RESIDENTS

 

 

 

Name: Pritisheel Banga                     Name: Christopher Chin   Name: Brittany Doremus

Hometown: Vallejo, CA Hometown: San Francisco, CA Hometown: Glendale, CA
Undergraduate: Undergraduate: Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Touro University Medical School: ATSU- SOMA Medical School: Touro University Nevada
About Me: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, the outdoors, playing tennis, and music. About Me: About Me: I grew up in Southern California and completed my undergraduate education in Northern California. It’s only fitting that I would complete the last leg of my education in Central California, thus having experienced the entire state in each of its unique three parts. I am a west coast girl through and through. I enjoy running, photography, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Why UCSF Fresno? I really liked the experience I had during my rotation at UCSF Fresno as a medical student.  I liked the dedicated faculty, the close knit environment and the friendliness of the program. Why UCSF Fresno?

Great education and training, residents were very happy.

Why UCSF Fresno? Anyone who has trained in the University of California Education system knows the appeal of its academic strengths, research opportunities, technical innovation, and public service. Having completed my undergraduate training at UC Berkley, I looked forward to returning to the stronghold that is the UC system. UCSF Fresno is a phenomenal program that offers invaluable pathology amongst a very diverse patient population of local farm workers, Hmong refugees, and the uninsured. My main priority in choosing a post-graduate program was ensuring the resources, opportunities, and environment for optimizing my education. In addition to case-based opportunities for learning, the program has very strong educational conferences, and has accomplished attendings who love to teach. The appeal of this program is endless: the program’s strengths as a teaching hospital as I have listed above, the camaraderie amongst the down-to-earth and ardent house staff, a warm and supportive faculty and administrators, a beautiful campus and facilities, and a dedicated program director. The attributes of this program foster a keen and fruitful learning environment, and one that everyone is proud of. I could not imagine myself elsewhere.

 

 

Name: Joshua Krol Name: Joshua Lin Name: Pegah Mashayekhi
Hometown: Oakley, CA Hometown: Taiwan / Orange County, CA Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergraduate: UCLA Undergraduate: Undergraduate:
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences - COMP Medical School: Western U of Health Science Medical School: Midwestern University-AZ COM
About Me: I enjoy hiking, camping, snowboarding, hunting, reading,
cooking, soccer, friends and family.
About Me: About Me: I always knew I wanted to work in healthcare and I am happy to say I love my job.  Since undergrad at UC Davis, I was involved with student run clinics and health fairs.  It is everyone's right to have access to healthcare.   I also enjoy traveling.  I studied abroad in Madrid and have been to over 20 countries since then. I had the pleasure to participate in multiple medical missions in Central America and hope to continue working with underserved populations.
Why UCSF Fresno? World class pathology, massive catchment area, outstanding didactics and learning environment, the most positive and supportive co-residents and faculty I have ever experienced in a hospital, and a location that is only a few hours away from most things California has to offer (Yosemite, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, skiing, wine tasting, etc).

 

Why UCSF Fresno? I'm very happy to get to be part of this awesome program, for the following reasons. 
1. All the attendings and chief residents are dedicated educators. The rounds are efficient and educational. Both morning reports and noon lectures are very well designed.
2. Our program director, Dr. Darden, is amazing. She leads a ward team, teaches all the time, and bakes cakes for the on-call team. Who does that?!
3. I have a lot of autonomy on my very first day as an intern.
4. Fellowship placements in the past years are very impressive. There are lots of in-house opportunities for research.
5. Everyone is so nice. UCSF Fresno has a uniquely friendly culture between house-staff, fellows, and attendings.

 

Why UCSF Fresno? As a county hospital in the heart of downtown, UCSF Fresno works closely with diverse underserved populations.  It's solid academic foundation while maintaining a community hospital setting is also appealing.  In addition to observing a tremendous amount of pathology, the staff and faculty provide a friendly, encouraging learning environment.  After interview day, I felt a genuine connection with the house staff. Although I have always pursued a career in primary care, I have recently sparked an interest in GI and this program offers a broad range of fellowships. Another plus was its central location between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. I look forward to the journey ahead.

 

 

Name: Amir Najafi Name: Marta Nalbandyan Name: Hau Nguyen
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Hometown: Sacramento, CA Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergraduate: UC Irvine Undergraduate: UC Davis Undergraduate: UC Davis
Medical School: Touro University Medical School: Touro University Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
About Me: I am a food fanatic... I appreciate trying new foods and learning about different cultures. I enjoy traveling, watching movies, and cooking for friends and family (currently I am in the process of mastering my grill). About Me: I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. I also love to dance, exercise, play the piano and most of all spend quality time with my boys. About Me: I'm the youngest of five children.  My family immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s through the Humanitarian Operation Program.  I went to Mt. Pleasant High School in San Jose, CA, and UC Davis for a degree in biochemistry.  After a year of working at a biotech company in Palo Alto, I moved to Madison, WI, to pursue a degree medicine.  On my time off, I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and playing my favorite sports - volleyball, basketball, and badminton.
Why UCSF Fresno? As one of the busiest hospitals in the state of California, UCSF Fresno offers the wide scope of pathology that comes with a large and diverse population, but in a desirable community-like setting. Just as importantly, the knowledgeable faculty is kind and motivated to teach and share their expertise with the residents and other trainees. There was no doubt in my mind I wanted to be here after rotating here as a student. Why UCSF Fresno? My knowledge of this amazing program was based on thorough research and recommendations from prior residents. UCSF Fresno quickly became my top choice for many reasons; solid academic training, opportunities for research, and a welcoming atmosphere. So far it has been the best decision I've made, and I know it will continue as such. Why UCSF Fresno? I ranked UCSF Fresno number one on my list for a number of reasons.  The faculty, residents, and staffs were among the friendliest and most supportive group of people I met during the interview trail.  They left quite an impression during and after my interview day.  The IM program at UCSF Fresno provides ample opportunities for its residents to pursue a career in general medicine or post-residency training in the desirable fellowships.  It's perfect for candidates who are still undecided whether to pursue a fellowship or not, as well as candidates who have set their mind on a certain fellowship such as cardiology, gastroenterology, ID, etc.  Even though I did not rotate here as a medical student, my classmate did.  She had nothing to say except for good things about this program.  In addition, Fresno is located in an ideal location to my family in the Bay and Sacramento region.  Another factor one should consider is the cost of living.  Here in Fresno, it is very affordable in comparison to other regions of the country.  Northeast Fresno looks quite impressive in terms of housing and flourishing businesses.  One can purchase a beautiful home for less than 1/2 the price in metropolitan areas such as San Francisco, LA, Chicago, and NY.  Purchasing a home here is something I am seriously considering.  Those are the few reasons why I wanted to train here.  So far, I am very happy with that decision!

 

 

Name: Tina Nhan Name: Norman Orr Name: Scott Price 
Hometown: Milpitas, CA Hometown: Claremont, CA Hometown: Billings, MN
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley Undergraduate: Undergraduate:
Medical School: Touro University Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences Medical School: Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
About Me: My favorite social pastimes include hiking, backpacking, and enjoying different types of cuisine.  National Parks and food make me very happy!  About Me: I love traveling and trying new types of food.  I was born and raised in Southern California and may move back down after residency. About Me: My interests are centered around my family and outdoor activities.  I have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.  Spending time with them is the most rewarding activity for me.  When I can spend time with them in the outdoors, fishing, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, etc., it makes the time even more fun and valuable.  Teenagers seem to talk to me more when we are on trips or outdoors.
Why UCSF Fresno? There are so many wonderful aspects about this program that I noticed as a student during my audition rotation. I was very excited to come here because the teaching rounds were amongst the best I have experienced.  I loved how closely we worked with attendings and subspecialists alike. It was also very encouraging to see how knowledgeable residents were when it came to evidence based medicine and managing complicated patients.  It gave me great confidence about the solid training provided by UCSF Fresno. Why UCSF Fresno?

Unfortunately, I did not rotate through this hospital as a medical student, but everything felt right during the interview. The residents genuinely are happy. The attendings create a great learning environment and the facility is beautiful with a diverse patient population.

Why UCSF Fresno?

I am interested in teaching medicine in third-world countries.  This program offers a wealth of exposure to various forms of pathology in a highly academic, yet modestly-sized, community-centered program.  I think it will provide excellent preparation.  It is near children, grandchildren and the mountains, all of which I love.

 

 

Name: Kazi Rahman Name: Jose Robles-Huerta Name: Reza Ronaghi                                    

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Undergraduate: Undergraduate: Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: A.T.Still university AZ Medical School: A.T. Still University -SOMA Medical School: SUSOM
About Me: I'm an easy going guy who likes playing basketball, tennis and golf.  I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends and traveling. About Me: I grew up in Los Angeles but have had the opportunity to live in various places in the U.S. including Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona.  I also enjoy traveling abroad.  I am married with two beautiful children.  Any free-time I may have is dedicated to my family. About Me: I love sports.  I enjoy playing soccer, hockey, and watching college football on Saturdays (whenever we I have time that is). I love the outdoors and therefore this is a great place to be.
Why UCSF Fresno?

UCSF Fresno has a great internal medicine program.  I did 3 rotations as a 4th year medical student and was very impressed with the faculty/staff and residents.  Everyone was very friendly, helpful and willing to teach.  In addition, there are many opportunities for sub-specialties and research.  I am very happy to be a part of this program.

Why UCSF Fresno? I chose UCSF-Fresno because I wanted to work with physicians who will guide me in acquiring the knowledge base necessary to become the kind of doctor I want to be.  I also knew that I wanted to work in a city where I would feel comfortable raising my two young children. Why UCSF Fresno? I completed a rotation as a student here, and truly enjoyed working with the residents and faculty members.  Now as a resident I enjoy working with my co-residents, and we have wonderful faculty members.

 

 

Name:  Christopher Russo                     Name: Steven Sheh Name: Linda Truong


Hometown: Port Shepstone, South Africa Hometown: Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Undergraduate: UC San Diego Undergraduate: Undergraduate:
Medical School: Touro Nevada Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
About Me: ? I was born and raised in Africa, completed undergrad in San Diego.  I pursued grad school and med school in Las Vegas Nevada.   I enjoy golfing, hiking and camping. About Me: About Me:

I love spending time with my family and friends.  In my free time, I enjoy running, watching movies, baking, and playing tennis.

Why UCSF Fresno?

Unique blend of strong academic evidence based training within a community of attending physicians and residents that function as an extended family.

Why UCSF Fresno? Why UCSF Fresno?

I was thoroughly impressed with UCSF Fresno during my interview. Everyone I met that day was very kind and helpful. I also like the fact that the program is resident oriented. Fresno is also located in a convenient location where I can easily escape to northern or southern California.