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56 Medical Residents Graduate from Riverside Community Hospital's Graduate Medical Education Residency Program

(Photos from left to right) Dr. Alina Popa, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, Joyce Lynee Ho, M.D. (Graduate), Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum President and CEO,
Dr. Ashish Sinha Designated Institutional Official (DIO), Dr. Saba Habis, Chief Medical Officer (Attached photo is the Emergency Medicine Residency)

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Riverside, CA (June 17, 2020) – On Friday, June 12, Riverside Community Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Program (GME) celebrated the graduation of its residency class of 2020.

The hospital’s GME program was scheduled to celebrate its second graduating class of residents this month, yet in light of the current Corona Virus Pandemic, the hospital had to host a much smaller ceremony than it did last year. A special private ceremony with the graduates and hospital and GME leadership was held from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. outside the hospital’s Health Education Center, adhering to the social distancing guidelines, to commemorate the achievement of 56 residents from four of the GME programs including Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Transitional Year. The outside was beautifully decorated with a staged area, balloons, a red carpet walkway, and a back-drop with graduation signs to ensure the residents felt special.

The graduating residents excitedly approached the stage with masks and were welcomed by Riverside Community Hospital’s President and CEO Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Dr. Ashish Sinha, Designated Institutional Official for all Graduate Medical Affairs, Dr. Saba Habis, Chief Medical Officer for Riverside Community Hospital along with the program director from each of the presenting residency programs.

These 51 residents all completed three years of advanced medical specialty training after four years in medical school through the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education program in partnership with UCR School of Medicine. Their accomplishment also includes the completion of 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.

“We are very proud of all of our residents as this is a huge accomplishment and milestone in their lives,” says Dr. Ashish Sinha, Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Affairs at Riverside Community Hospital. “We are excited to send this group of new physicians into the world to do what they have been trained for over the last three years, especially in a time of significant need. As a physician, our calling is to save lives and caring for those who need us the most even when it means making sacrifices. Through the training these residents have received, I can confidently say that they are well-prepared to serve in any situation. ”

Before the program concluded, Dr. Gregory Guldner, Emergency Medicine Program Director, stated “There is no better time than now to be a physician. We are in a time with the current pandemic when our community and patients need us the most. It is the time for all physicians and healthcare workers to step up to the calling that they committed their lives work to do. We should all see this as an honor to serve.”

In acknowledgment of the fatalities by COVID-19 and the current social unrest related issues across the country, and as part of the ceremony, those in attendance observed a moment’s silence prior to the handing out of the diplomas.

The Graduate Medical Education Program at Riverside Community Hospital currently has six residency programs including Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Transitional Year, Internal Medicine, and Neurosurgery. In March of this year, the program successfully matched 71 new residents for the incoming 2020-2021 class that brought the program to a total of 156 residents under the GME umbrella.

Some facts about the 2020 graduating class of Riverside Community Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Program:

  • 11 of the 15 graduates of Internal Medicine have decided to stay in Southern California and six of those will practice here in the Inland Empire
  • Five of the seven Family Medicine physician graduates are staying locally in the Southern California area, and four in the Inland Empire
  • Five of the eight graduates of the Emergency Medicine Program are staying in Southern California area
  • One of the graduating Emergency Medicine residents, Dr. John Costumbrado, will be coming on board the physician staff at Riverside Community Hospital in the Emergency Medicine department and will become part of the teaching faculty
  • Dr. Costumbrado is a graduate of the first class of medical students of University of California Riverside, and now as a member of the first graduating class of the Emergency residency program is staying on to teach UCI medical students and RCH residents

“Dr. Costumbrado’ s case is an example of a great success story of both, UCR School of Medicine along with the Emergency Medicine residency program at Riverside Community Hospital,” says Dr. Sinha. “In more than one way of fulfilling their original mission.”

Additionally, 15 graduates of the one clinical base year Transitional Internal Medicine program and similarly 13 Transitional Year residency trainees have also graduated and will continue the rest of their training in different specialties in other parts of the country.

About Riverside Community Hospital GME

The Riverside Community Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program located in the heart of Southern California, hosts residents who are pursuing careers of excellence and professionalism in the field of healthcare. Our state-of-the-art facility provides a competitive advantage through our full range of service offerings, exposing our residents to a diverse range of patients and clinical challenges, preparing them for lifetimes of capability in their practices. Keep reading to learn more about what sets our residency program apart.

Residency at Riverside Community Hospital

Our goal is to assist our residents in developing the skills needed to start their careers well. By the end of training with our team at the Riverside Graduate Medical Education Department, we want our residents to be clinically astute, academically exceptional, altruistic, and committed to the highest standards of professionalism.

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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.