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Dr. EB Sladek: Associate Program Director
Dr. EB Sladek

It is our great pleasure to announce that Dr. Emily (EB) Sladek has been appointed as our newest Associate Program Director for the UCSD Internal Medicine Residency Program.  

Dr. Sladek completed her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Molecular Biology with a Certificate in Neuroscience at Princeton University.  Following completion of her undergraduate degree, she was selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study the phylogeny of starfish in the island nation of Mauritius.  Dr. Sladek completed her MD degree at the University of California, San
 Francisco.  During medical school, she was also recognized as a Pathways to Careers in Clinical and Translational Research Scholar, which allowed her to spend a year studying the epidemiology of colorectal cancer in Uganda. We were fortunate to recruit Dr. Sladek to UCSD for her residency training in internal medicine and she excelled here as a resident, chief resident as a geriatrics fellow. 

Following her fellowship training, she joined Scripps Clinic.  She served as a geriatrician and in multiple leadership roles including Gerontology Division Head at Scripps Clinic and Medical, Director of Scripps Preferred Skilled Nursing Facility Network, and Head of Internal Medicine Residency Geriatric Education. She will bring these many varied talents and skills to UCSD.

Dr. Sladek is well known as an outstanding clinician and educator.  We were fortunate to recruit her back to UCSD where she is now a member of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCSD, Chief of the VA Section of Geriatrics, and Director of the Community Living Center at VASDHS.  Her clinical activities include ward attending as a hospitalist and coverage of the Community Living Center. In addition to serving as the Associate Program Director for the UCSD IM Residency Program, Dr. Sladek will also be involved in Geriatric Fellowship training.

Please congratulate Dr. Sladek in her new roles!

Women in Medicine Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Alison Moore

Dr. Alison Moore

Dr. Moore is a nationally recognized woman physician, scientist and educator in the field of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. As chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the UCSD Department of Medicine, she leads the division’s efforts to establish excellence in clinical care, education, research, and community engagement. As a professor, Dr. Moore also lectures to students, residents, fellows and faculty on topics in aging including substance use, HIV and age-friendly health-systems. She is an excellent role model for all, especially young women physicians!

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Moore was the chief-at-large of the Division of Geriatrics at UCLA Health and a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

She completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and a residency in internal medicine at Brown Alpert Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Moore earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and obtained a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and of the American Geriatrics Society (AGSF)  where she is a member of the Board of Directors. 

UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program Diversity Efforts Featured in American Heart Association News

The residency program's Director of Diversity in Medicine Dr. Luis Castellanos has been featured in an article written by the American Heart Association highlighting our efforts to recruit diverse physicians into the program.  You can read the article here

Resident Spotlight

Reema Patel Dr. Reema Patel
Class of 2020
Hometown: Granada Hills, CA

About me: Prior to coming to UCSD, I went to USC for undergrad and medical school. I have two siblings, an older sister and a younger brother. I love Mexican food. I'm an avid board game player, with my current favorites being Settlers of Catan and Monopoly Deal. Besides caring for patients, you'll see me tuning in to the latest season of The Real Housewives.

Why I Chose UCSD: I chose UCSD because of its strong reputation, diverse population, and supportive community of faculty and residents.

Favorite Place in San Diego: Torrey Pines Beach

Favorite UCSD Memory: The residency winter holiday party

News from Academic Year 2017-2018

Announcing UCSD IM Chief Residents 2019-20!

Please join us in congratulating the next generation of chief residents who will be leading our program during the 2019-20 Academic year! They have generously agreed to dedicate another year of their life to helping our program. They are:

  • Kimberly Chau
  • Sean Kenmore
  • Gary Ma
  • Janet Ma
  • Robert Thomas
  • Grant Senyei (VA Chief Resident in Quality & Safety)
We are so grateful to them! 

Congratulations to the new Primary Care Pathway Residents!

It is our pleasure to announce the acceptance of the following residents into the Primary Care Pathway:

Minh-Da Le, PGY-2
Amie Nguyen, PGY-2
William Stendardi, PGY-2
David Malinak, PGY-1

They will be joining our existing Primary Care Pathway residents for a total of six primary care residents in the program for the upcoming academic year.

Please join us in congratulating them! 

Dr. Tricia Santos Cavaiola: Associate Program Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tricia Santos Cavaiola, as Associate Program Director for the UCSD Internal Medicine Residency Program, effective September 15, 2017.

Dr. Santos is Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.   After earning her undergraduate degree in political science and exercise physiology at UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Santos received her medical degree from the Oregon Health and Science University.  She completed her internal medicine residency, chief residency and endocrinology fellowship at UCSD.  We were fortunate when Dr. Tricia Santos joined the faculty in July 2013. She is an active clinician-educator who is recognized by her patients, trainees and colleagues for her exceptional patient care, teaching and research. Dr. Santos serves as the Medical Director of the Endocrinology Clinic, at the Medical Offices South in Hillcrest.  Her research focuses on clinical trials in type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Santos has a longstanding commitment to medical and graduate medical education at UC San Diego. She serves as the Director of the Endocrine, Reproduction, and Metabolism blocks for the first and second year medical students.  In recognition of her outstanding teaching, Dr. Santos was the recipient of the prestigious Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award from the medical students in 2011.   Since her time as a resident and chief resident, Dr. Santos has been a committed and gifted educator in the residency program, serving as the subspecialty coordinator for Endocrinology and a member of our Core Faculty.  She has served on the Internal Medicine Residency Intern Selection Committee since 2011.  She has also served on the Internal Medicine Residency Clinical Competency Committee and on the Recruitment Executive Committee since 2014. Dr. Santos was selected by the UCSD Internal Medicine residency program to receive the 2016 Academy of Clinician Scholars Whitehill Prize for Teaching which was given to one junior faculty member in the Department of Medicine.

Please congratulate Dr. Santos in her new role as Associate Program Director.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Scott Mullaney for his service as an Associate Program Director from 2012-2017.  Dr. Mullaney has transitioned to a new role as Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Faculty Teaching Development, but will continue to serve as a member of the residency program’s Core Faculty.  We are deeply grateful to Dr. Mullaney for his continued commitment to the training program, and in helping us to bridge the continuum from undergraduate to graduate to continuing medical education.

Resident Spotlight
Dr. Paulette Gabbai-Saldate
Class of 2018
Chief Resident 2018-19

Hometown: Encinitas

About me: I love the beach, brunch, and spending the weekend wine tasting in Mexico

Why I Chose UC San Diego: I went to med school here and was always impressed with the residents: they seemed so clinically strong but also very supportive of each other. It turns out my impressions were correct, I am amazed every day by how intelligent, funny, and kind my co-residents are. 

Favorite Place in San Diego: the meditation gardens in Encinitas

Favorite UCSD Memory: every part of the intern retreat 

This Year's Fellowship Program Match Results Are In

Our residency program graduates have matched to major fellowship programs across the United States as well as here in San Diego. The December 2017 results:


  • Kay-Won Chang—Cedars Sinai
  • Jason Duran— UCSD
  • Jonathan Harrison—U Utah
  • Ruth Hsiao—UCLA
  • Rohit Mital—UCSF
  • Andrew Nguyen—OHSU
  • Marin Nishimura—UCSD


  • Jian Zhang—Stanford


  • Rebecca Kim—UCSF
  • Nghia Nguyen—UCSD 

Global Medicine

  • Evan Taylor (med/peds)--UCSF


  • Ashleigh Porter—UCLA
  • Courtney Schroeder—Tufts


  • Simon Hsu—U Washington

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

  • Leeyen Hsu—UCLA
  • Sanjeev Tyagi—U Michigan
  • Jenny Yang—UCSD


  • Brittany Frankel—U Washington
  • Meera Subash—UCSF

Resident Spotlight

Dr. Maggie Kozman

Dr. Maggie Kozman
Class of 2020

Hometown: Corona, CA
About me: I'm a Med/Peds resident who's originally from southern California, went to medical school in northern California, and came back down here to be closer to my giant extended family. I love beaching, dancing, singing, going to concerts/musicals, traveling, hiking, camping, and playing with other people's babies and dogs.
Why I Chose UC San Diego: Strong training on both the Medicine side and the Pediatrics side, training experiences in a wide range of healthcare settings (university/county hospital, VA, university-affiliated and community clinics, ED, separate children's hospital, etc.), up to 2 months of global health opportunities in established and new sites, brilliant and fun co-residents, and incredibly supportive program directors/administrators
Favorite Place in San Diego: Here are 2 of many- La Jolla Shores for awesome beaching and bonfires, and Sunset Cliffs for gorgeous views.
Favorite UCSD Memory: Again, so many! But I'll always remember bonding with my incredible co-residents at the annual holiday party: great people, great food, gettin' all fancy, exchanging gifts, and getting to all be in 1 place at the same time.
Career Plans: Med/Peds hospitalist, global health, medical education

We Couldn’t Be More Proud!

Congratulations to all of our interns and residents who participated in the Southern California, Region III ACP Meeting on Saturday, September 16th in Marina Del Rey! 

We had over 25 interns, residents, and medical students from UCSD present posters and compete at the competition!! 

Special congratulations to Prerana Bhatia (R2) for placing 2nd for her poster entitled "Okay to Smoke but not to Eat: A Case of Hemp Anaphylaxis". Way to go team!!

News from Academic Year 2016-2017

Dr. Shannon Devlin
Class of 2018

Hometown: St. Louis, MO (home of the best BBQ) 
MD: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

About Me: I moved to California for residency but was born and raised in the Midwest. I love spending time at the beach, hiking, and taking weekend trips to places like San Clemente, LA, and Valle de Guadelupe. I also aspire to be a dog owner someday soon.

Why I Chose UC San Diego: The people! I met AMAZING residents on my interview day. 

Favorite Place in San Diego: Definitely La Jolla Cove. I love the brunch spots, the views, the sea lions, and the kayaking (shout out to Calvin!) 

Best Part of Living in San Diego: I could make a list of 100 favorite memories. It's honestly hard to choose just one. ICU team dinner, "personal fact rounds" with my VA team, any beach bonfire with my co-residents....just to name a few. 

Career Plans: Chief year --> Palliative Care --> Geriatrics! 

Resident Spotlight

Dr. Meera Subash
Class of 2017
Hometown: Plano, Texas
MD: Texas Tech

About Me: I'm a Texan originally but made it out for a new adventure to the West Coast. I decided to pursue internal medicine because of its challenging and exciting nature. I love that I've been able to care for some of my patients for almost three years now!

Why I Chose UC San Diego: UC San Diego has afforded me the opportunities of a top-notch training program with meaningful mentorship and camaraderie. The combination of the people you train alongside with, the places you get to practice at, and the patients you serve is tough to beat!

Favorite Place in San Diego: Torrey Pines State Beach has quickly become one of my favorite places. Even on a day off or before a long shift, it's nice to catch the ocean view, walk along the beach, and grab a taco.

Best Part of Living in San Diego: The weather and accessibility hands-down. I can easily get to where I need to be for training and still enjoy a temperate climate all year round. San Diego has the assets of a large city but still is very manageable.

Career Plans: Rheumatology, Quality Improvement/Patient Safety.

Announcing UCSD IM Chief Residents 2018-19!

Please join us in congratulating the next generation of chief residents who will be leading our program during the 2018-19 Academic year! They have generously agreed to dedicate another year of their life to helping our program. They are:

  • Shannon Devlin
  • Kevin Eng
  • Paulette Gabbai-Saldate
  • Jean Guan
  • Joe Meserve
  • Jack Temple (VA Chief Resident in Quality & Safety)

We are so grateful to them! 

Dr. Castellanos: New Director of Diversity in MedicineDr. Luis Castellanos

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Luis R. Castellanos, MD, MPH as Director of Diversity in Medicine and Faculty Outreach for the UCSD Department of Medicine.  Dr. Castellanos  is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Cardiology.  In his new role, he will work to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse medical professionals, including internal medicine residents and faculty, from underrepresented in medicine minority (URM) groups within the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Castellanos has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the critical mission of improving diversity and promoting inclusion in the medical field in order to better serve the members of our diverse community. 

Dr. Castellanos graduated from UC Davis summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He first joined UCSD as an Internal Medicine resident in 2003. He was then completed a prestigious Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University/Commonwealth Fund Program, obtaining a Master's in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Castellanos subsequently completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at UC Davis where he was selected as the Chief Research Fellow for his involvement in clinical research that addressed vulnerable populations.  He joined the faculty at UCSD in 2010.  As part of his clinical service, Dr. Castellanos travels to the Imperial Valley to provide cardiac care to underserved populations from El Centro, Brawley and neighboring communities. 

Dr. Castellanos' research focuses on health outcomes and inequities involving racial and ethnic minority groups.  He has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Cardiac Failure.  Dr. Castellanos was awarded a research grant from the Clinical and Translation Research Institute to study the effectiveness of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation program in patients with coronary heart disease who live in rural communities.  He has been invited to present his research at national conferences such as the American Heart Association and the National Hispanic Medical Association annual meetings where he has been a strong advocate for improving cardiovascular heath of vulnerable populations.

Dr. Castellanos has been recognized by the UCSD Clinical Advancement and Recognition of Excellence in Service and received the National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine Award in 2013. Most recently, Dr. Castellanos was selected as a UCSD LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Advancement and Diversity) Fellow.

This Year's Fellowship Program Match Results Are In

Our residency program graduates have matched to major fellowship programs across the United States as well as here in San Diego. The December 2016 results:


  • Meghan Garcia - National Jewish, Denver
  • Christine Rukasin - Vanderbilt
  • Trisha Sharma - UC Irvine


  • Neil Beri - UC Davis
  • Roxana Ghashghaei - UC Irvine
  • Calvin Hang - UCSD
  • Misha Narezkin - Houston Methodist
  • Thomas Prohaska - UCSD
  • Darrin Wong - UCSD


  • Ali Akram - UCSD


  • Josh Bollan - UCSD


  • Miriam Jacobs - Washington University

Infectious Diseases

  • Ahnika Kline - National Institutes of Health
  • Thomas Martin - UCSD
  • Katya Prakash - UCSD
  • Stephen Rawlings - UCSD

CDC-Epidemic Intelligence Service

  • Aaron Kofman - CDC

Palliative Care

  • Vishar Amin - UT Southwestern
  • Caitlin Dockweiler - UCSD
  • Emily Martin - UCSD
  • Tammy Rubenzik - UCSD

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

  • Ryan Anderson - Stanford
  • Bita Ghafouri - Stanford
  • Jisha Joshua - UCSD
  • Alex Kassar - Cedars Sinai
  • Mazen Odish - UCSD
  • Annie Oh - UCSF


  • Christine Anastasiou - UCSF

Sports Medicine

  • Paul Meirick - Vanderbilt

American College of Physicians Southern California Regional Scientific Meeting

We couldn’t be more proud! Over 20 of our residents and interns presented either a clinical vignette or a research poster at the American College of Physicians Southern California Regional Scientific Meeting in October.

Special congratulations to our residents Will Stendardi, MD (PGY-1), below left, and Trisha Sharma, MD (PGY-3), below right, who won second and third place in the competition.

Stendardi, MD (PGY-1).   Tricia SHarma, third-place winner in poster competition. 

Pictured below: all of our residents and interns who took part in the ACP Regional Meeting 2016.

UCSD interns and Residents at ACP Regional meeting, 2016.

Tricia Santos Cavaiola Wins Whitehill Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Tricia Santos CavaiolaTricia Santos Cavaiola, MD, the latest addition to the Internal Medicine Residency Program core faculty, is the Department of Medicine’s recipient of the Whitehill Prize for 2016. The Academy of Clinician Scholars awards the prize to one junior faculty member in the Department of Medicine by vote of the chief medical residents.

Dr. Santos, a Chief Medical Resident at UC San Diego in 2010-2011, is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Endocrinology. She co-directs the Endocrine, Reproduction and Metabolism I and II courses at the School of Medicine.

The Whitehill Charitable Trust, established in 1995 by Jules Leonard Whitehill, generated the Whitehill Prize for excellence in the teaching of clinical medicine or surgery.

Dr. Stacy Charat Directing Primary Care Pathway

We are pleased to announce that Stacy Charat, MD, will serve as program director for the new Primary Care Pathway within the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

"We are absolutely delighted that Dr. Charat has agreed to lead our primary care pathway,” said Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Simerjot Jassal, MD.

“In addition to being an exceptional clinician and teacher, she has a passion for patient care and an enthusiasm for primary care that is inspiring.”

Regarding her new role, Dr. Charat said, “It is an exciting time for primary care both nationally and locally. I look forward to helping our internal medicine residents take full advantage of the outstanding primary care internal medicine environment here at UC San Diego and the VA.”

“Under her mentorship and guidance,” Dr. Jassal said, “I am certain that residents in the UC San Diego Primary Care Pathway will develop the broad and deep, unique clinical skills necessary for a successful career in the challenging and rewarding field of primary care."

Dr. Charat is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 2008 and did her residency in primary care internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She joined the UC San Diego School of Medicine/VA San Diego Healthcare System faculty in 2013.

Dr. Elaine Muchmore Receives Association of Specialty Professors Award

Dr. Elaine MuchmoreThe Association of Specialty Professors has honored Dr. Elaine Muchmore with its 2017 ASP Eric G. Neilson, MD, Distinguished Professor Award for her extraordinary service.

Dr. Muchmore is Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine and Chief of Staff for Education at VA San Diego Healthcare System. She serves on the Residency Review Committee and is a former director of the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Sanjeev Tyagi Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

D. Sanjeev TyagiAt the UC San Diego School of Medicine Graduation Ceremony on June 5, the fourth-year medical students recognized Dr. Sanjeev Tyagi, now an R3, with a Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award for his superlative teaching.

Dr. Judd Landsberg Wins Graduating Resident Teaching Award

Dr. Judd LandsbergJudd Landsberg, MD, Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, is this year's winner of the Graduating Internal Medicine Residents Teaching Award.

Dr. Landsberg is Associate Program Director for the PCCM Fellowship Program and Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unity at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

Watch Dr. Landsberg in the video he created for the American Thoracic Society.


Medicine 401 Teaching Awards

Drs. Aron Bender (Class of 2016) and Tim Moon (Class of 2017) are this year's recipients of the Medicine 401 Teaching Awards.

Granted by the third-year medical students each year, the awards go to residents and attending physicians for their excellence in teaching on the wards at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System and the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

Resident Spotlight

Dr. Paul Meirick
Class of 2017

Hometown: Protivin, Iowa
MD: University of Iowa

About Me: I spend most of my free time either biking along the Pacific Coast Highway or trying to find the city's best fish taco. I also enjoy running, golf, playing the guitar, and going to outdoor concerts.

Why I Chose UC San Diego: UCSD has a great diversity of training environments, and by training in these different systems, I know I'll be ready for whatever professional opportunities lie ahead.

Favorite Place in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs

Best Part of Living in San Diego: If you have to work six days a week, on that seventh day you have the option to hike in the mountains, bike on the Pacific Coast Highway, run on the boardwalk, surf at the beach, or even make a quick trip to Mexico.

Career Plans: Sports Medicine.

News from Academic Year 2015-2016

Dr. Ali Farkhondehpour Receives Lee Rickman Humanism Award

Dr. Ali FarkhondehpourThis year's recipient of the Lee Rickman Humanism in Medicine Award is Dr. Ali Farkhondehpour, who is now one of our chief medical residents in 2016-2017.

The award is given each year to the resident who most embodies the energy and devotion of Lee Rickman, MD, a UC San Diego residency program graduate and Department of Medicine faculty member who practiced infectious disease medicine with singular passion until his death in 2003.

Resident Research Poster Winners Present at Grand Rounds

After winning awards for their research posters at this year's Resident Research Symposium in May, four internal medicine residents have presented their research at Medicine Grand Rounds.

On June 1, Dr. Trisha Sharma (an R3 in 2016-2017, right) presented Gastrointestinal Manifestations of Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disorder and Dr. Ahnika Kline (VA Chief Resident for Quality and Safety in 2016-2017, below) Quality Improvement in Internal Medicine: A test case of hepatitis C.



At Medicine Grand Rounds on June 15, Dr. Misha Narezkin (an R3 in 2016-2017, left) presented Pre-Clinical Diastolic Dysfunction. Predictors of Long-Term Clinical Outcome in Patients with Mild Pre-Clinical Diastolic Dysfunction. Dr. Katya Prakash (an R3 in 2016-2017, below) presented Research at the End of Life - The Human Model.


Recent Resident Wellness Events

Residents spend time at wellness events, including a cooking class with a local doc and art therapy at Expressive Arts in San Diego.

 Resident wellness event: cooking. Resident wellness: cooking.Resident wellness event: paint throwing.

Resident wellness event: Paint throwing. Resident wellness event: paint throwing.

Resident Research Symposium Held May 5

UC San Diego Internal medicine residents who took part in a research block during this academic year presented their work in a poster session at the Second Annual UC San Diego Internal Medicine Resident Research Symposium on May 5, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The symposium hosts were Wolfgang Dillmann, MD, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine; Simerjot K. Jassal, MD, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program; and Lori Wan, MD, Director of the Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program.  

Meet Our Chief Residents for 2017-2018

Program Director Simerjot K. Jassal has announced that Drs. Ruth Hsiao, Simon Hsu, Rebecca Kim, Rohit Mital, Sanjeev Tyagi and Meera Subash (Chief Resident in Quality and Safety at the VA) are the chief medical residents for academic year 2017-2018. 

"We had a very difficult time selecting from an incredibly dedicated, talented class of residents," said Dr. Jassal.  More about the 2017-2018 chiefs

Dr. Matt McCarthy Presents Grand Rounds, Conducts Discussions on Narrative Medicine

Dr. Matt McCarthy presenting Medicine Grand Rounds on March 2, 2016. 

In March 2016, we \welcomed Dr. Matt McCarthy, author of the memoir The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year, to UCSD. He participated in a lively discussion at a book club with residents and faculty on March 1.

Dr. Matt McCarthy leading narrative medicine noon conference at UCSD. 

On March 2, 2016, he presented on the Power of Medical Writing at the Medicine Grand Rounds (top image), then joined us for a narrative medicine noon conference (above).

First Women in Medicine Meeting Draws Over 50 Residents and Faculty

The UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program held its first Women in Medicine meeting on February 18, 2016. More than 50 residents and faculty members attended.

Dr. Cynthia Stuenkel, Clinical Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at UC San Diego, gave an inspiring presentation entitled "Talking Points," in which she provided valuable advice to residents on how to be most effective when giving a presentation on the local or national stage. 

More Internal Medicine Residency Program Women in Medicine events are planned. 

Women in Medicine meeting
Above, from left: Drs. Michele Pham, Ann Kuo (CMR 2015-2016), Supraja Thota (incoming CMR 2016-2017), and Khushboo Kaushal. 

Women in Medicine
Above, from left: Drs. Arthi Balu, Melissa Wong, Deanna Hill (Internal Medicine), Trish Santos (Endocrinology), Brigid Boland (Gastroenterology), and Bethany Karl (Nephrology/Hospital Medicine).

Additional attendees, first Women in Medicine event for Internal Medicine Residency Training Program
Above, clockwise from left: Drs. Ahnika Kline (incoming CMR 2016-2017), Marin Nishimura, Christine Anastasiou (incoming CMR 2016-2017), Kim Kerr (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine faculty member), Pam Taub (UCSD Cardiology Faculty), Mara Zulauf (Hospital Medicine), and Janki Patel.

This Year's Fellowship Program Match Results Are In

Our residency program graduates have matched to major fellowship programs across the United States as well as here in San Diego. The results:

  • Ahi Arulanandan - USC, Gastroenterology
  • Aron Bender - Oregon Health & Science University, Cardiology
  • Abhi Bhandari (Class of 2014) - University of Texas Southwestern, Gastroenterology
  • Julie Chen - Stanford, Endocrinology
  • Teresa Cushman (Class of 2015) - University of Colorado, Infectious Disease
  • Nanu Das - Vanderbilt University, Hematology/Oncology
  • Yonathan Faiwiszewski (Class of 2015; Chief Resident 2015-2016) - University of Colorado, Cardiology
  • Calyani Ganesan - Stanford, Nephrology
  • Justin Hayase (Class of 2015; Chief Resident 2015-2016) - UCLA, Cardiology
  • James Iwaz - Harbor UCLA, Cardiology
  • Steven Lin - Beth Israel Deaconess, Gastroenterology
  • Nick Marston (Class of 2015; Chief Resident 2015-2016) - Brigham, Cardiology
  • Matt McCarra (Class of 2015) - Stanford, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
  • Sophie Patzek - UCSF, Endocrinology
  • Sara Patrawala (Class of 2014) - Rochester, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
  • Michele Pham - Mt. Sinai, Allergy
  • Nick Phreaner (Class of 2015) - UC San Diego, Cardiology
  • Kathy Promer - UC San Diego, Infectious Disease
  • Abhishek Shah (Class of 2014) - USC, Cardiology
  • Darius Schneider - University of Washington, Endocrinology
  • Lauren Vincent - UC San Diego, Endocrinology
  • Winnie Wang - Mt. Sinai, Palliative Medicine

Drs. Justin Hayase, Darrin Wong
Present Posters at AHA Orlando

Dr. Darrin Wong  Dr. Justin Hayase

R3 Darrin Wong, MD (above left) and chief medical resident Justin Hayase, MD​ (above right), presented posters at the American Heart Association meeting in Orlando in early November.

Dr. Annie Oh Wins Session Award at CHEST Meeting

Intern Kevin Eng, MD, and R3 Annie Oh, MD, presented at the American College of Chest Physicians CHEST 2015 Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

Congratulations to Dr. Oh, who won the session award!

Honors at ACP Poster Competition

Dr. Emily Martin (L) with Dr. Simerjot Jassal.  Dr. Darrin Wong

R2 Emily Martin, MD, and R3 Darrin Wong, MD, won honors at the American College of Physicians Southern California Region III Poster Competition on October 11, 2015.

Dr. Martin (at left above with program director Simerjot K. Jassal, MD), won second place for her research presentation describing the use of patient-controlled analgesia in cancer patients.

Dr. Wong, above right, won second place for his clinical vignette presentation on anti-NMDA encephalitis. 

Suraj Kedarisetty, MS4.R2 Jisha Joshua, MD, also won honors for co-authoring the second-place-winning medical student clinical vignette poster with MS4 Suraj Kedarisetty (left) on multiple primary neoplasms.

R3 Dr. Ahilan Arulanandan's poster received a Presidential Award (below).

Ahilan Arulanandan, MD 

Brittany Yee Is First Author of Case Report from Vinetz Lab

Brittany Yee, MD, intern in the categorical track of the Internal Medicine Residency Program this year, is first author of a case report published online July 20, 2015, in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Senior author Joseph M. Vinetz, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, presented the case at Medicine Grand Rounds last year. | Read article abstract

News from Academic Year 2014-2015

Drs. Darrin Wong and Noel Lee Win 2015 Kaushansky Award for Resident Research

Senior resident Darrin Wong, MD, and program graduate Noel Lee, MD, are the 2015 winners of the Kaushansky Award for Resident Research. Both presented their research at Medicine Grand Rounds in June. Awards were presented at Medicine Grand Rounds on June 17.

Drs. Wong and Lee each received a generous $200 prize from Dr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Dillmann. Dr. Dillmann is Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

All six residents who were selected to present their research at Medicine Grand Rounds this year received $50 prizes from the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Alumni Fund.

Drs. Michele Pham, Satya (Nanu) Das, and Noel Lee Present Their Research at Medicine Grand Rounds on June 10

Watch video (UC San Diego only)

Drs. Julie Chen and Darrin Wong Present Their Research at Medicine Grand Rounds on June 3

Watch video (UC San Diego only)

Tyler Woodell, Lawrence Ma to Receive Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Resident Awards

Dr. Tyler Woodell Dr. Lawrence Ma

Senior categorical internal medicine resident Tyler Woodell, MD (left) and fourth-year medicine-pediatrics resident Lawrence Ma, MD, have received Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Resident Awards.

The awards recognize them for their compassion, dedication and humanism in their approach to patient care in a ceremony on the School of Medicine campus on May 15, 2015.  More

Resident Research Symposium: Of 34 Residents Presenting, Six Chosen to Speak at Medicine Grand Rounds

Six residents who will present their research at Medicine Grand Rounds 

The Internal Medicine Residency Program presented its first annual Resident Research Symposium to a full crowd on Thursday, May 7, with presentations from 34 residents who have taken part in the program's research block in the last two academic years.

Of the 34, six residents were selected to present at Medicine Grand Rounds. Pictured above, they are (from left) Dr. Kevin Shah, who presented his research at Medicine Grand Rounds last year; and Drs. Noel Lee, Nanu Das, Julie Chen, Michele Pham and Darrin Wong, who will present at Grand Rounds on June 3 and June 10, 2015.   More

Kevin Shah Named House Officer of the Year

Kevin Shah, MD

Senior resident Kevin Shah, MD, has been chosen 2014-2015 House Officer of the Year in UC San Diego Health's annual program honoring the top house staff and attending physicians.

After graduation, Kevin will move on to fellowship training in cardiology at UCLA. He received his MD from UC Irvine.


Announcing Our Incoming Interns for 2015-2016

Our incoming interns for 2015-2016 have gone on to their Junior year in 2016-2017.


UC San Diego Internal Medicine Program In Nation's Top Ten in the West in Doximity Rankings

In Doximity rankings released January 13, 2015, UC San Diego is in the top ten in the West in internal medicine training and in combined or subspecialty residency training in anesthesiology, dermatology and pediatrics.  Details

Fellowship Program Match Results Are In

Our program graduates have matched to major fellowship programs across the US as well as here at UC San Diego. The results:

Current Residents and Chief Medical Residents

  • Schafer Boeder - UC San Diego, Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Sunil Das - UCLA, Rheumatology
  • Sterling Dubin - USC, Gastroenterology
  • Adam Greenbaum - University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology
  • Wes Kidder - UC San Francisco, Hematology/Oncology
  • Noel Lee - UC San Diego, Cardiology
  • Felice Lin - UC San Diego, Cardiology
  • JT Link - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Hematology-Oncology
  • Michelle Pearlman - University of Texas Southwestern (Dallas), Gastroenterology
  • Vanessa Raabe - Emory University, Infectious Disease (Combined Medicine-Pediatrics)
  • Daniel Seifer - Oregon Health & Science University, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
  • Kevin Shah - UCLA, Cardiology
  • Sheri Tran - UC San Diego, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
  • Stephen Vampola - UCLA, Cardiology
  • Tyler Woodell - Oregon Health & Science University, Nephrology

Prior Graduates Who Matched This Year

  • Kevan Akrami - UC San Diego, Infectious Disease
  • Christoph Carter - University of Washington, Infectious Disease
  • Marjan Hovaida - University of New Mexico, Gastroenterology

Four Poster Presentations, Two Clinical Vignette Finalists at Regional Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting

Arthi Balu  Steven Lin

Arthi Balu (left) and Steven Lin.

Two UC San Diego internal medicine residents were clinical vignette finalists and a total of four presented posters at the California-Hawaii Regional Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine in Los Angeles on January 10, 2015.

The presentations:

  • Steven Lin, Clinical Vignette Finalist: "Acute liver injury with near progression to acute liver failure in a postpartum woman taking dietary supplements and with recent travel."
  • Arthi Balu, Clinical Vignette Finalist: "Differentiating pseudoseizure from true epilepsy."
  • Humaira Jami: "Pulmonary tuberculosis in a patient admitted for acute decompensated heart failure."
  • Ahnika Kline: "A story of phosphorus, PTH, and recurrent hip fractures in the older man."

Dr. Rebecca Sell Receives ATS Young Investigator Award

Dr. Rebecca Sell Associate program director Rebecca Sell, MD, won an ATS 2014 Young Investigator Award for her presentation at the annual meeting of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR) in Bali, Indonesia, November 13-16, 2014. Her presentation was titled, "Difference in Outcomes between Senior Physician and Medicine Resident-led Code Blues."
Dr. Sell, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, was a chief medical resident in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program in 2006-2007.


Dr. Rebecca Sell receiving award at APSR 2014 meeting in Bali.
Dr. Sell receiving the award. Photo by Atul Malhotra, MD.

On the APSR 2014 program faculty was Atul Malhotra, MD, Kenneth M. Moser Professor of Medicine, director of sleep medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Malhotra, who received an ATS Young Investigator award in 2005, is now president-elect of the ATS.

Dr. Charlie Goldberg Joins Program Faculty

Dr. Charles Goldberg

Dr. Charlie Goldberg is the new Associate Program Director for the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program, based at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). Dr. Goldberg is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and staff physician at the VASDHS. He has played an active role in resident and student education at UC San Diego since joining the institution in 1998 and has served as a core faculty member for the residency program since 2006.

Dr. Goldberg is an accomplished and beloved teacher, winning numerous national and local teaching awards from residents and students. He has been selected for the prestigious Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UC San Diego medical students seven times. In his role as co-director of the Clinical Foundations thread at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, he was instrumental in designing a new curriculum for the first two years of medical school.

He is also the leader of the one of the six academic communities at the School of Medicine. He has an interest in innovative curricular design and has created several educational websites and applications. The San Diego County Medical Society has recognized him as one of San Diego’s Top Doctors in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Our Residents Excel at Recent Scientific Meetings

UC San Diego internal medicine residents at ACP meeting 2014.

At the American College of Physicians Regional Meeting October 18, 2014, R1 Jisha Joshua took first place with her research poster, "Soluble Guanylate Cyclase as a Novel Treatment Target for Osteoporosis."

Pictured at right, from the left: Preethika Ekanayake, program director Simerjot Jassal, MD, Jisha Joshua, and Lauren Vincent. 

Our program's medical jeopardy team -- Christine Anastasiou, Gabe Schaefer, and Brian Wood -- made UC San Diego proud by competing strongly and coming in with a second-place win.

Also participating in the clinical vignette poster competition were Drew Bruggeman, Preethika Ekanayake, James Iwaz, Jisha Joshua (two posters), Steven Lin, Diana Moke, Vanessa Raabe, Lauren Vincent, Darrin Wong and Brian Wood.

Ian Neel, MD

A warm congratulations also to Ian Neel (left), who received third place for his clinical vignette poster at the California Geriatrics Society-sponsored UC San Diego Clinical Geriatrics Interprofessional Symposium October 4-5, 2014.