(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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