Emergency Medicine

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Class of 2020 Bios

Alejandro Alonso, MD

  • Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
  • Undergrad/Masters: University of Florida
  • Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
  • Interests: ultrasound, critical care, airway management, travel, hiking, swimming, movies/documentaries, politics
  • Favorite food: pad thai
  • Post Residency Plans​: Faculty at Ocala EM Residency Program in Florida
  • Why RCH/UCR? New program, great faculty, lots of procedures, high volume ED
  • What do you like about living in Riverside? Coming from the Southeast - no humidity LOL.

Rebecca Bishop, MD

  • Hometown: Joshua Tree/Yucca Valley, CA
  • Undergrad: University of California, Riverside
  • Medical School: University of California, Riverside
  • Interests: EMS, disaster relief, physician wellness, international medicine, wilderness medicine, community medicine
  • Favorite food: Thai food- all of it!
  • Post Residency Plans: St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, WA and St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, WA.
  • Why RCH/UCR? The people here are all very enthusiastic about what they do, from the techs, to the nurses, to the attendings. The attendings are down to earth, approachable, and incredibly knowledgeable. It was very important for me to train at a program that prioritizes resident wellness, which is highly emphasized here. Additionally, this community is in great need so there is ample opportunity to make an impact and a lot of sick patients to learn from.
  • What do you like about living in Riverside? Riverside is the perfect-sized city for me, big enough so I have everything I need, but small enough that traffic and parking are not a huge hassle. The location is also in close proximity to the beach and coastal cities, as well as the desert and mountains.

John Costumbrado, MD, MPH

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Undergrad/Masters: University of California, Los Angeles/UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Medical School: University of California, Riverside
  • Interests: education, workplace violence, airway management, work/family-life balance, Lakers, Dodgers
  • Favorite food: everything
  • Post Residency Plans​: Core faculty at RCH/UCR, Kaiser Riverside, and ACEP Teaching Fellowship
  • Why RCH/UCR? the opportunity to build and shape a new program, amazing nursing and ancillary ED staff, the collegiality among attendings across specialties, and a lot of procedural experience early on
  • What do you like about living in Riverside? being able to follow through with UCR SOM’s mission to improve the health of the local community, flip-flops and shorts all year long, relatively easy access to other Southern California cities, March Field Air Museum, Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center Dinosaur Park, lots of family friendly parks and splash pads

Ken Johnson, MD

  • Hometown: Upland, California
  • Undergrad/Masters: Arizona State University
  • Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
  • Interests: ultrasound, toxicology and raising family during residency
  • Favorite food: Islands restaurant and cheesecake factory
  • Post Residency Plans: Chino Valley Hospital, Montclair Hospital, Coronal Regional Hospital in Southern California
  • Why RCH/UCR? Excellent training environment with a variety of patients and efficient, well-trained attendings
  • What do you like about living in Riverside? So much outdoor stuff to do:1 hour from the beach, 1 hour from the mountains with many local activities.

Erwin Kong, MD

  • Hometown: Fremont, CA
  • Undergrad/Masters: University of California, Davis
  • Medical School: Duke University
  • Interests: Wilderness medicine, rock climbing, strength training, anime/comics, coffee, food, traveling, Pokémon Go!
  • Favorite food: Ramen, pho, burgers, burritos, food trucks, almost everything!
  • Post Residency Plans​: Sutter Alta Bates and Summit Medical Center in Oakland, CA
  • Why RCH/UCR? The opportunity to help form a great program, the multitude of training opportunities, brilliant faculty, and focus on wellness
  • What do you like about living in Riverside? Sunny SoCal! The housing is affordable. It's not too far from other fun places with great food, such as LA and Irvine. There are some cool coffee shops in downtown. Lastly, it's near DISNEYLAND!

Saema Said, MD

  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • Undergrad/Masters: University of California, San Diego
  • Medical School: University of California, Irvine
  • Interests: ultrasound, global health/international medicine, education, nature, food
  • Favorite food: burgers, fries, thai, poke, pho, but my absolute favorite is my mom’s cooking
  • Post Residency Plans​: TriCity Medical Center in Oceanside, CA and Kaiser San Diego
  • Why RCH/UCR? The people! I have the most awesome faculty and co-residents. The faculty are passionate about teaching and give us many opportunities to do procedures and see interesting cases. Our program directors encourage a positive environment and value and respond to our feedback.
  • What do you like about living in Riverside? Diverse population, affordable, many options for local activities, easy access to all the other major cities in Southern California

Dac Teoli, MD

  • Hometown: Born in Los Angeles, CA - Raised in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Undergrad/Masters: Business Administration at West Virginia University
  • Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
  • Interests: administration, education, leadership styles, craft beer, rock climbing, health policy, wellness, motorcycles, snowboarding, border collies, ringside medicine
  • Favorite food: Lobster shooters @ Abacus in Dallas, Kobe Sliders @ Iridescence in Detroit, Chorizo Skillet @ le petite cafe in Chicago, Angel Food Grilled Cheese Sandwich @ Monterey Fish Grotto in Pittsburgh, soft pretzels and oatmeal cookies.
  • Post Residency Plans​: Fellowship in Palliative Care at Mayo Clinic and MBA in healthcare management at Johns Hopkins
  • Why RCH/UCR? The people. The vibe. The opportunities. My co-residents are phenomenal - all are extremely talented and collegial. You will be hard-pressed to find a more caring program director and coordinator across the USA. The faculty are interested in teaching and are excited to have us on board. The nurses in the ED are friendly, funny, and helpful. The vibe is always positive. The opportunities at RCH/UCR’s program are numerous: we are the second busiest ED in all of California, there is unparalleled access to procedures, there is invaluable experience with being involved with the development and plans of an ACGME residency program, there is the opportunity to build managerial skills, and the pride of leaving your mark on the culture/brand of the RCH/UCR emergency medicine residency. Lastly, you will be a leader. Even if you don’t pursue any conventional roles, just by being among the first residents to pioneer the program - you ARE a leader.
  • What do you like about living in Riverside? The location is great in Southern California. Nice weather and palm trees. Cloudless days and cool nights. Compared to certain other SoCal cities, my commute to the hospital is only 12 minutes @8 miles. Our rent is very affordable for quality homes. There are some great food and drink venues. We are centrally located with easy access to LA, San Diego, Palm Springs, Big Bear, etc.

Adrian Thomas, MD, MS

  • Hometown: Oakland, CA
  • Undergrad/Masters: UC Davis, Philosophy /UC Berkeley Public Health Ethics
  • Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
  • Interests: education, ethics, exercise, public health, comic books, beer and bourbon
  • Favorite food: The Costco food court
  • Post Residency Plans​: Sutter Alta Bates and Summit Medical Center in Oakland, CA
  • Why RCH/UCR? I really love the excitement and opportunities that come with being part of a new program; we are given a chance to shape our training in ways that few other residents get. The program leadership has impressed me no end, and the whole program’s emphasis on resident wellness is remarkable. And in a hospital with a high volume ED but without many other residencies, we don't get much competition for procedures.
  • What do you like about living in Riverside? Having lived in New York and San Francisco, the first thing that comes to mind is the rent. On a more serious note, Riverside is just close enough to LA on one side and impressive wilderness on the other to make both accessible. And with Ontario airport just a short drive away it's easy (and relatively inexpensive) to fly up to the Bay Area to see friends and family.

Our First-Class of Emergency Medicine Residents Will Be Graduating in 2020.

Many have pursued moonlighting opportunities, gaining valuable experience in numerous different practice settings to help guide their career decisions.

Looking forward, there is great diversity in the future career plans for our graduating class between community, academic-community, and university hospital settings.

Regarding subspecialty training, 25% of our graduating class will be pursuing fellowships after residency. Our graduating class has received interviews at many phenomenal institutions across the country such as the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard, University of Chicago, Stanford University, UC San Diego, UCLA, UC Irvine, Dartmouth University, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, UT Southwestern, Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Michigan, among many others.

We are proud of the diversity of talents in the outgoing class of 2020 and look forward to welcoming in the new class of 2023!

The sun isn't the only thing that's bright in southern California -- our graduates' futures are too!