Announcing UCSD IM Chief Residents 2020-21!
Please join us in congratulating the next generation of chief residents who will be leading our program during the 2020-2021 Academic year! They have generously agreed to dedicate another year of their life to helping our program. They are:
- Justin Chen
- Alex Cypro (VA Chief Resident in Quality & Safety)
- DJ Gaines (VA Chief Resident in Quality & Safety)
- Nick Leverone
- Danielle Munce
- Samantha Spilman
- Luke Webster
We are so grateful to them!
Congratulations Dr. Luis Castellanos!
Congratulations to Dr. Luis Castellanos, MD, MPH (UCSD IM residency alum, class of 2006) who has been appointed as Director of the Program in Medical Education-Health Equity (PRIME-HEq) Program here in the UCSD School of Medicine.
The PRIME-HEq program is one of six UC system-wide health science PRIME programs, and is a 5-year dual degree program here in the School of Medicine that affords our medical students integrated access to degrees such as a Masters in Public Health, Masters in Healthcare Leadership, Masters in Clinical Research, and Masters in Business Administration. The program's mission is to develop physician leaders to care for and advocate on behalf of communities at risk for health disparities, and it has an emphasis on multicultural, multidisciplinary approaches to patient care, research, and health care advocacy.
Dr. Castellanos currently holds appointment as the Director of Diversity in Medicine and Faculty Outreach for the UCSD Department of Medicine and their commitment to promoting the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse medical professionals, including internal medicine residents and faculty, from underrepresented in medicine minority (URiM) groups. His new position will allow for even greater vertical alignment along the continuum of undergraduate and graduate medical education to advance our missions of promoting diversity and health equity!
UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program Diversity Efforts Featured in American Heart Association News
Dr. Luis Castellanos (see above) 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
Dr. Tosha Songolo
Hometown: Madison, WI
About me: I went to undergrad at UW-Madison, med school at University of Illinois-Chicago. I love languages (I speak French fluently, Spanish pretty well and some Swahili), cooking (all types of cuisine), running, African dance and I'm obsessed with Costco. As a child, I had a a strange obsession with Hulk Hogan (we all went through that phase, right?)
Why I chose UCSD: I had a really good feeling after my interview here and fell in love with San Diego. I was born in Irvine and then my family moved to Wisconsin, but we always wanted to come back to Cali, so here I am! I also am interested in global health and wanted to continue to pursue my interests at an institution with global health/policy opportunities for residents.
Favorite place: Balboa Park. Every time I go, I discover a new path, museum, animal at the zoo or picnic spot.
Favorite UCSD memory: Bonding with my co-interns after Friday School
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