\\\Riverside GME Programs
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,
Favorite food: pad thai
Future plans: Community practice, Critical care fellowship
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!
Future plans: Community EM with involvement in a niche of EM that is still to be determined
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,
Favorite food: everything
Future plans: to serve my patients as a well-trained ED doc, remain involved with teaching/education,
to continue raising my happy/healthy kids
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
Future plans: Start a biomedical device company
Why RCH/UCR? Excellent training environment with a variety of patients and efficient,
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!
Future plans: Fellowship, academia, working in a setting where I can serve my patients,
perform research, and teach the next generation
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
Future plans: Hope to make international medical trips in the future, especially to
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.
Future plans: The most important thing is aiming for clinical excellence. In addition
to that life-long goal, I’m considering an admin fellowship vs MBA,
steering towards a career in healthcare administration. While there’s
no doubt physicians can have a very meaningful impact in clinical settings
-- big picture, it’s on the micro-level. On the other hand, in my
view having a physician involved in the administrative side of things
creates the opportunity for huge impacts by unlocking macro-level change
for patients and physician colleagues (whether that be across a department,
hospital, or health system).
Why RCH/UCR? The people. The vibe. The opportunities. My co-residents are phenomenal
- all are extremely talented and collegial. You will be hardpressed 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
Future plans: While working hard to become a strong emergency physician, I plan to stay
involved in education and mentoring in one form or another, and I hope
to continue to find ways to integrate my interests in ethics with my work
in the ED
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