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PGY-4 Class

Tiffany Castillo The first woman in her family to graduate college, no less medical school, she has stayed true to her roots of UCSD, having received both her undergraduate and medical school degrees here. She has done research on bereavement and fetal alcohol syndrome. She was a senior medical student mentor, advising junior medical students and raising mental health awareness. Tiffany also mentored disadvantaged high school students, helping them explore health care careers and empowering them, coordinated bimonthly Women’s Clinic patient appointments and referrals, and was the Medical Student Representative and VP of the Latino Medical Student Association at UCSD.  Her hobbies include swimming, training for half marathons, soccer, camping, hiking, traveling, reading food blogs and attempting new recipes, eating Mexican food, and spending time with family.

Stephanie Chen comes to us from USC Keck School of Medicine, having attending UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree. She has done research on medication management, collaborative care interventions, impact of group education and self-management interventions. She has been volunteering and advocating for mental health awareness and was a SAMHSA certified peer counselor at USC and was co-president of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group.  She has possible interests in cross-cultural psychiatry, physician wellness, and suicide prevention (HEAR, here we come). She enjoys backpacking, hiking, and also runs a small online consignment shop!

Belinda Daniel comes to us from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine – Rockford, having attended Northwestern for her undergraduate degree. She has done research on numerous topics, ranging from stress to drug addiction to alcohol dependency. She has a head start in addiction research at UCSD, having worked with Dr. Robert Anthenelli. She was a student representative to the Winnebago County Medical Society. Belinda was also the founder and president of the Students of Medicine for the Arts at her medical school.  She is deeply involved in her community, working towards greater community engagement and helping out at the Rosecrance Ware Center, Adult Mental Health Center. She enjoys painting and drawing, yoga, hiking, DIY projects, traveling, running, learning new languages,
audiobooks, stand-up comedy, cooking, and rock climbing/bouldering.

Tiffany Hwang comes to us from USC Keck School of Medicine, having attended UPenn for her undergraduate education.  She has done research with the Doheny Eye Institute, Dept. of Neuro-Ophthalmology and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Children’s Hospital Philadelphia.  She was co-president of the Asian Pacific American Student Association, curriculum representative at her medical school’s student council, co-president of the American Medical Association, and so much more. She was a Gold Humanism Awardee and has an abiding interest in cross-cultural psychiatry. Tiffany was also the clinic site coordinator at the USC Student Clinic. She enjoys piano, yoga, powerlifting, traveling, and home-brewing kombucha

Olga Korelova will be entering the residency as a PG I this year. She received her M.D. from the S.I. Georgievskiy Medical Academy and V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University in Ukraine. She did a one year Psychiatry residency in Ukraine at Crimean State Medical University. Since immigrating to the United States, she has done both clinical work and research. Most recently, she worked with Michael McCarthy as a clinical research assistant studying Nature’s clock and the Inositol Phosphate treatment strategy for bipolar disorder. She has also worked with Jeanne Maglione studying the effect of daily light box use on depressive symptoms in patients with risk factors to develop symptomatic heart failure. She enjoys playing piano, reading, hiking, cooking and baking, gardening, and traveling.

 Xia Li transitions to our program from our very own faculty, where she has been a productive Assistant Professor in the department of Psychiatry. Before immigrating to the USA, she graduated medical school at the Hubei Medical Center and completed an Internal Medicine Fellowship in Wuhan. She did her post-doctoral research fellowship in Baltimore at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She has an extensive Neuroscience research background both in China and here at UCSD. Dr. Li has volunteered at the Pacific Treatment and Research Center at UCSD working on clinical trials on drug addiction. She enjoys jogging and cooking. 

 Fred Liu is a local UCSD medical school graduate and did his undergraduate studies at UCLA. He has done years of research on breast cancer, investigating methods of relapse prevention and creating guidelines for primary care physicians to identify breast cancer survivors who have a higher risk relapse. He has volunteered in a campaign against Prop 46. He has strong interests in working with children and reducing psychiatric stigmas. He has also worked as an orthopedic student manager at the UCSD Free Clinic. He enjoys figure skating, acoustic guitar, piano, and hiking.

Ashley Stone come to us from UC Riverside School of Medicine, attended Scripps College for her post-baccalaureate, received her Master's in Public Health from UC Davis, and attended Kenyon College in Ohio as an undergraduate. She has done research on patient-doctor communication, empathy, mental health, and primary care delivery. She was the class representative at UCR as well as the co-founder and co-leader of the Psychiatry Interest Group there.  She has also volunteered at the Riverside free clinic and as a tutor at the Medical Student Study Program. Her hobbies include swimming, traveling, cooking, baking, writing, knitting and crossword puzzles. 
 Jeffrey Wyss, Gold Humanism Awardee, is from our very own UCSD School of Medicine, after attending the University of Colorado – Boulder for his undergraduate degree and receiving his J.D. from the Pepperdine University School of Law. He has done research on radiotherapy for cervical cancer, among others. He has been an at-risk youth mentor for several years under the Partners Mentoring Program. Jeffrey also gave his time to be a patient care volunteer at hospice. He has worked as the Director of Academic Success and Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine.  Jeffrey’s hobbies include kiteboarding, surfing, basketball, tennis, fly-fishing, skiing/snowboarding, golf, volleyball, photography, and gardening.

                            ​Research Track 
           Sara Timtim comes to us from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine – Rockford, having attended Stanford University for her undergraduate degree. She has done research on neurocognitive testing for children. Sara has also volunteered at the Bridge Clinic in Illinois and Rockford Women’s Crises Center, finding time to also be president of the Psychiatry Interest Group.  She also volunteered her time with a nursing home resident, was a member of the Students of Medicine for the Arts at her medical school, and has served as Committee Leader: Mental Health, conducting referrals for the underserved. Sara enjoys singing a cappella, chamber chorale, and gospel choir. She also enjoys water sports, loving the ocean.