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
Photos Courtesy of Chase Photography and Hospital.
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.