Third Year Fellows/Seniors
I was born and raised in Harbor City, a small harbor town in the South Bay of Los Angeles. I attended USC where I received my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and worked for the USC football team as an athletic trainer (and have a Rose Bowl ring to prove it!). I attended UCLA for medical school and then moved to San Diego for residency and fellowship. My wife and I have been together since High School and we have 3 awesome children and 2 dogs. Go Dodgers!
Matthew Kline is a pediatric emergency medicine fellow. Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Kline completed medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY and his training in pediatrics at Yale in New Haven, CT. Outside of the emergency room, Dr. Kline enjoys spending time in the San Diego sunshine. His pastimes include surfing, cycling, and the endless search for the best burrito.
Sarah Gomez completed an Emergency Medicine residency in Portland, Oregon. Her interests include POCUS, EMS, and the improvement of mental health care delivery in the ER. In her free time, she enjoys sci-fi, Persian cooking, and large bodies of water.
Second Year Fellows
Chesy grew up in Boise, Idaho and lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for the past 11 years before moving to San Diego in 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and her medical school and Pediatric residency training at the University of Utah. She enjoys rock climbing, trail running, backcountry skiing, and practicing yoga in her time outside of the hospital with her partner and adventure buddy, Travis. Chesy’s academic interests include ultrasound and medical education. She’s excited to continue her fellowship training here in San Diego and to continue to explore the Southern California wilderness from the sandy beaches to the snow capped peaks.
arika is originally from Gilbert, Arizona. She went to undergrad at the University of Arizona (Bear Down!) and then medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Her interests are in medical education, with her research project in developing a point-of-care-ultrasound OCSE for assessing competency in ultrasound users. In her free time, she likes cooking and baking, playing video games, going to the beach, and exercising.
orn and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Attended the University of California Berkeley before returning home for medical school at the University of Hawaii. Completed pediatric residency in Seattle and Alaska through the University of Washington - Alaska Track. Interested in healthcare disparities as they relate to the systematic delivery of care. Outside of work enjoys fishing, diving, surfing, balcony gardening, and cooking.
First Year Fellows
Andrew is originally from the east coast of Florida. He stayed in Florida for undergrad but completed his medical school and residency training in Washington, DC. His professional interests include medical education, simulation, and minority/migrant health. In his downtime, Andrew enjoys jogging, hiking, Latin culture, and trying new food (at restaurants, his cooking skills are extremely mediocre). He is very excited to explore California and get to work within the San Diego community during fellowship.
Derek Tam grew up in Metro Detroit, MI and earned his BA, MD, and MPH from the Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. He completed his pediatric residency training and served as a chief resident at Maimonides Children's Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. His academic interests include app-based medical education, reproductive health, and point-of-care ultrasonography.
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