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First Class of Internal Medicine Doctors Graduate from Riverside Community Hospital's Graduate Medical Education Residency Program

Riverside, CA, June 27, 2019 – On Friday, June 14, 2019, Riverside Community Hospital, part of the HCA Healthcare Far West Division, hosted a graduation ceremony and awards banquet for their inaugural class of Internal Medicine Residents, who completed their 3-year residency through the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Program.

The 15 graduating residents, who started with the Graduate Medical Education at Riverside Community Hospital in June of 2016, gathered at the Riverside Convention Center along with family, friends, hospital administrations, and community leaders including California 31st State District Senator Richard Roth, Riverside City Councilmember Mike Gardener, and Riverside Chamber President, Cindy Roth.

The graduation ceremony included awards for faculty, support staff and residents. Several residents performed songs or played instruments during the evening as well as complied humorous or heartfelt videos.

These 15 residents all completed a rigorous residency program with an established curriculum that draws on clinical experiences and encompasses case-based discussions, web-based learning, simulation, and lectures. During their 3-year residency, residents received first-hand experience in a learning environment that included both inpatient and various outpatient venues, giving the residents experience in both a hospital and clinic setting among a diverse population.

The Internal Medicine Residency curriculum is based on the six core competencies of ACGME (patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, systems based practice, interpersonal and communication skills and practice based learning and improvement.) The curriculum is developed for many rotations, including cardiology, geriatrics, medical intensive care unit, emergency medicine, general internal medicine and many more.

“It is an extremely emotional moment for me as the 15 residents that I had handpicked three years ago are stepping into the real world as physicians to take care of humanity,” said Rajesh Gulati, M.D., FACP, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director at the end of the ceremony. “I’m grateful to the physicians and administration at Riverside Community Hospital and UCR School of Medicine who have supported me in providing these residents with excellent clinical and academic education. It’s time to set them free; and I’m sure they will do us all proud.”

Among the graduates, 40% of them plan to stay in the Inland Empire to practice medicine with several remaining to join the Medical Staff at Riverside Community Hospital. Two residents will remain as the Internal Medicine Chief Residents with the program.

"Residency by itself is a challenge. You transition suddenly from a sheltered medical student into a physician that is directly responsible for the wellbeing and medical care of patients. Combine this with the added challenge of training in a hospital that has never hosted residents, and one is offered a unique opportunity to become pioneers of uncharted territory. My graduating 2019 class embraced these circumstances and we were able to thrive, both with the support of outstanding nurses and ancillary staff, but most especially with the help of our Program Director, Dr. Gulati, who believed unconditionally in our abilities. We experienced incredible growth, not only as future independent practitioners, but as human beings. If we could, we would train over and over again at RCH,” said Clarice Bunag, graduating Internal Medicine Resident.

Yesterday, on June 26, Riverside Community Hospital welcomed 25 new Internal Medicine residents to the program. The Internal Medicine residency is one of six programs at the hospital. Other programs include Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology, General Surgery and Transitional Year. Learn about the RCH GME programs at http://gme.riversidecommunityhospital.com/.

Photos Courtesy of Chase Photography and Hospital.

Photo Description:

GME1 – Graduating Internal Medicine Residents and Preliminary Internal Medicine Residents with faculty.

GME2 – From left to right, Cindy Roth, CEO of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Rajesh Gulati, M.D., FACP, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, Riverside City Councilmember Mike Gardener and California 31st State District Senator Richard Roth

GME3 – IM Graduates with their residency diplomas.

GME4 – Jackie D. Van Blaricum, RCH CEO, presents Dr. Kaustubh Patankar with an award the residents bestowed upon him.

About Riverside Community Hospital

Founded in 1901, Riverside Community Hospital is a 373- licensed bed, full-service acute care hospital in the heart of the Inland Empire. RCH has been recognized as a Top Performing Hospital and has invested in a major campus expansion project that includes a new 7-story patient tower, 3-story medical office building, and a recently completed new 5-level parking garage. With over 500 physicians on staff, representing over 200 specialties and over 1,900 employees, Riverside Community Hospital is an Inland Empire leader in providing advanced, comprehensive health care to the Inland region. RCH houses one of the largest Emergency Room and Trauma Center in the Inland Empire at 50 treatment rooms. RCH is the largest STEMI (heart attack) receiving center and is a fully accredited Chest Pain Center. Centers of Excellence include the HeartCare Institute, offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, Center of Excellence for Surgical Weight Loss, the Transplant Program, the Cancer Center and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Riverside Community Hospital is also committed to training the next generation of physicians through its Graduate Medical Education program.

About UCR School of Medicine

The UCR School of Medicine, one of more than 15 new medical schools established in the U.S. over the last decade, is the sixth medical school in the University of California system. The school’s mission is to expand and diversify the region’s physician workforce and develop innovative research and healthcare delivery models that improve the health of people living in Inland Southern California. The medical school also offers a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences, and operates five residency training programs in the medical specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and psychiatry, and partners with Loma Linda University in a primary care pediatrics residency training program.