Commencement Video and Digital Program Flipbook
2020 Award Recipients
UCSF Fresno Internal Medicine Residency Program, “Outstanding First-Year Resident,” Community Medical Centers (CMC)
UCSF Fresno Family and Community Medicine Residency Program, “Outstanding Resident or Fellow Teacher,” CMC
UCSF Fresno Family and Community Residency Program, “Outstanding Attending Teacher,” CMC
Community Regional Medical Center, “Outstanding Non-Physician Teacher,” CMC
UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine Residency Program, “Borba House Staff Research – Resident Award”
UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship,” “Borba House Staff Research – Fellow Award”
UCSF Fresno Department of Surgery, “Borba Faculty Research Award”
UCSF Fresno Internal Medicine Residency Program, “ICare Award,” VA Central California Health Care System
UCSF Fresno Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency Program, “Leon S. Peters Resident of the Year Award,” Leon S. Peters Foundation
UCSF Fresno Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, “Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching”
UCSF Fresno Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency Program, “Steven N. Parks Leadership Award,” Fresno Madera Medical Society
Words of Congratulations to the Class of 2020
Graduate Stories from the Class of 2020
Nicholas Artinian, MD, is the first in his family to go to college and to become a physician. He completed training in UCSF Fresno’s three-year Family and Community Medicine Residency Program.
“Training at UCSF Fresno has been an amazing experience due to all the knowledgeable and eager-to-teach physicians across all specialties,” said Dr. Artinian. “As a family medicine resident, we get to experience different fields of medicine and every positive encounter has shaped how I practice medicine.”
Dr. Artinian was recognized with the Outstanding Resident Teacher award presented by Community Medical Centers Jeff Thomas, MD.
His parents, who themselves did not finish high school, worked tirelessly to provide for him and his sister, Dr. Artinian said. He earned his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara and medical degree at St. George’s University. His sister will graduate from veterinary school in Arizona this year.
Dr. Artinian spends his spare time with family and friends, playing soccer with the UCSF Fresno resident team and exercising.
He will practice in Bakersfield and Tehachapi with Kaiser Permanente as an outpatient physician.
“Over the past five years, I had the pleasure of helping patients from Stockton to Fresno while in medical school and residency, respectively,” said Dr. Artinian. “These positive, long-lasting experiences influenced my desire to care for underserved patients in the Central Valley and the proximity to family in LA also played a part in moving to Bakersfield.”
Sukhjit Dhillon, MD, completed a four-year residency training program in Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno and will stay as Emergency Medicine faculty. Fresno is home, said Dr. Dhillon, and I am excited and grateful to work at the same place that trained me.
A native of Punjab, India, Dr. Dhillon grew up in Fresno, but said instances she recalls in India when her family could not afford quality care motivated her to become a physician who advocates for patients. “Emergency medicine allows me to do that. I get to take care of patients regardless of their ability to pay and I can be there during their most vulnerable time.”
She considers herself fortunate to have matched with UCSF Fresno’s Emergency Medicine Program. It’s one of strongest programs throughout the country, she said. “I love the people who I work with here — co-residents, physicians, nurses and other staff members. Everybody is extremely supportive and always there to help you in any way possible.”
Dr. Dhillon has given back to the community. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked with Rais Vohra, MD, UCSF Emergency Medicine faculty member and Interim Health Officer at the Fresno County Department of Public Health. Dr. Dhillon wrote various guidelines and protocols using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, such as testing criteria, risk assessment tool, and screening guidelines for health care and non-health care workers. She continues to help at the health department as time allows and hopes to continue that work.
Dr. Dhillon graduated from Buchanan High School in Clovis and received a bachelor’s in Biomedical Physics from Fresno State. She earned both a master’s in biomedical sciences and a medical degree at Chicago Medical School.
“I would have never made it this far without the support of my family, friends and mentors,” said Dr. Dhillon. “I am very fortunate to have a very strong support system.”
Ryan Howard, MD, completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF Fresno. After graduation, Dr. Howard will serve as Medical Director of Kaweah Delta Hospice and Palliative Medicine Services in Visalia.
“Working to aggressively control previously unmanageable symptoms and providing empathetic and compassionate care to folks nearing the end of their lives is just something I felt called to do,” Dr. Howard said. “I am honestly humbled by the grace and courage so many families demonstrate in order to help and allow their loved ones to die peacefully. I wake up and go to work every day just hoping to make a positive impact on the lives of my patients and their families.”
Patients with very serious illnesses are among the most vulnerable patient populations and their families are often equally as vulnerable, he said. He chose to complete a fellowship in Palliative Medicine because of the serious need for such care providers in the region. All three of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows are staying in the Central Valley. Two of them are joining the HPM faculty at UCSF Fresno.
Working alongside faculty was the best part of training at UCSF Fresno, Dr. Howard said. They are passionate about the specialty of medicine in which they work. They are excellent educators and lead by example.
Dr. Howard attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, worked as an EMT in Florida and earned a medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine. He completed residency training in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona. After residency, he worked as a hospitalist at Kaweah Delta and was honored as Outstanding Physician of the Year Award for Compassionate Care.
He and wife, Michelle, own land near Three Rivers, which they are developing. Dr. Howard gives thanks to his wife for her support during his fellowship and residency training. She is my rock, he said.
Christina Patty, MD, completed a three-year residency training program in Family and Community Medicine at UCSF Fresno. After graduation, she plans to serve her home community at Visalia Medical Clinic where she was a patient growing up.
Dr. Patty chose family medicine because of the relationships she’s able to build with patients over many years. The specialty also allows her to pursue many interests and it is never boring, she said.
The best aspect of training at UCSF Fresno is full spectrum training in both rural and urban settings, she said. And it’s allowed her to learn from some of the best doctors in the Valley.
She spends off-time with her two-year old son and husband, Rafael Martinez, MD. Dr. Martinez completed training in Family and Community Medicine at UCSF Fresno last year. He now works for United Health Centers in Parlier. Dr. Martinez and Dr. Patty met in high school and went to prom together. The couple is expecting their second child a few months after graduation.
A graduate of Redwood High School in Visalia, Dr. Patty completed her bachelor’s at California State University, Long Beach and earned a medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.
“My path to becoming a physician in the Valley has been even more rewarding because I’ve shared my journey with my husband all the way from high school through residency,” said Dr. Patty.
A first-generation college graduate, Ivett Garcia Renteria, MD, MPH, completed her final year at UCSF Fresno as chief resident in the Department of Pediatrics. She will join the Department of Pediatrics as faculty at UCSF Fresno and see patients as a pediatric hospitalist and general outpatient pediatrician.
“I wanted to help provide leadership, grow my teaching skills as an attending physician in a supportive environment, learn administrative skills in an academic setting and be involved in training the future of medicine by educating medical students and residents,” said Dr. Renteria.
“The reason I was initially drawn to the San Joaquin Valley is the same reason that I decided to stay, said Dr. Renteria. “I want to care for the underserved Hispanic population and provide health education to those who are underserved and empower them to take control of their child’s health care needs.
The best part of training at UCSF Fresno has been the people, the people she trained with, her mentors and the children and families she is privileged to care for, she said.
When not working, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and 17-month old son.
Dr. Renteria attended Glendale Adventist Academy, graduated from UC Irvine, earned a master’s in public health from USC and a medical degree from St. George’s University.
She credits her success to her parents. Her parents came to the U.S. from El Salvador to give her and her brothers a chance at the “American Dream.” The fact that I was able to accomplish my dream of becoming a pediatrician is all owed to them, she said. “They worked hard for me to get to where I am today. I will be forever grateful for their support, love and dedication to me becoming a pediatrician.”
Manavjeet Sidhu, MD, MBA, completed a four-year emergency medicine residency program at UCSF Fresno as a chief resident.
Dr. Sidhu will start as Chief of the Fresno VA Medical Center Emergency Department. In addition, he will stay on at UCSF Fresno as emergency medicine faculty.
“I plan to stay in Fresno following residency, though I am not originally from this area,” said Dr. Sidhu. “I want to give back to the city that trained me. There’s a personal satisfaction that comes from providing care in a medically underserved community.”
In addition, he is looking forward to serving veterans, teaching residents clinically and continuing as a practicing physician.
Dr. Sidhu chose to train in emergency medicine at UCSF Fresno because the program offers a unique training experience given the patient volume, diversity of patient population, variety of pathology, and abundance of procedures. In addition, faculty, staff, and fellow residents foster a positive environment, he said.
Dr. Sidhu, a native of the San Fernando Valley in California, graduated from UCLA and earned a medical degree and Master of Business Administration as part of a joint program at New York University where he’s also a faculty member. He has consulted for multiple health care related companies and serves on the boards of health care ventures. Some of his interests outside of clinical medicine include advising for medical start-ups, health care finance and medical correspondence reporting. Earlier this year, he worked with ABC News in Manhattan, producing medical segments for World News Tonight, Good Morning America and Nightline.
In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, flying, scuba diving, and traveling with friends and family. “It is difficult to envision what the pinnacle (of my career) will be,” said Dr. Sidhu. “But I would like to make a lasting, positive impact on the community. Though the future is unknown, what I do know is that I will enjoy the journey.”
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