Emergency Medicine

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Class of 2021

Class of 2021 Bios

Wil Frasca, MD

Hometown: San Diego

Undergrad: UCSC

Medical School: Chicago Medical School

Interests: cycling, pizza, beer, spending time with my family

Favorite food: Chile verde

Why RCH/UCR? Tons of early exposure to sick patients and critical procedures. Amazing PD and faculty. Great training to be a well-rounded and efficient emergency physician.

What do you like about living in Riverside? No winter

Margo Kaller, MD, MS

Hometown: Portland Oregon

Undergrad: B.A. in Biology from Reed College

Masters: M.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University

Interests: Toxicology, drug development, reading a good book, hiking a lush forest, eating a delicious dessert

Favorite food: Rhubarb cake

Future plans: Integrate my research experience with my emergency medicine training by coordinating/participating in the clinical trial stages of drug development.

Why RCH/UCR? When I attended OHSU, I was in the first class to experience a brand new curriculum. This gave me an appreciation for the fulfillment that can come from helping to build a new educational experience. As a resident, I'm excited to leaving my mark on the nascent RCH/UCR program! Also, the culture of warmth and support here cannot be beat.

What do you like about living in Riverside? There are a lot of cute rabbits hopping around. That is new to me since Portland is squirrel country.

Igor Krivitskiy, MD

Hometown: Burbank, CA

Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley

Medical School: University of Southern California

Interests: wilderness and international medicine, education, philosophy, art and literature, snowboarding, flying, sailing

Favorite food: Howlin’ Ray’s Nashville Hot Chicken

Future plans: addiction medicine fellowship, community practice, and perhaps academics in the distant future

Why RCH/UCR? Very positive atmosphere with dedicated, enthusiastic faculty and a strong emphasis on resident wellness. High ED volume and acuity to provide outstanding clinical experience. Newer programs also have a certain sense of excitement and energy - and you can definitely feel that here.

What do you like about living in Riverside? Nature and greenery in abundance - the city has some huge parks, and is surrounded by several lakes and mountain reserves. Big Bear and the beach are both one hour away. Cost of living is phenomenal. No traffic.

Eric Liao, MD

Hometown: Hacienda Heights

Undergrad: University of California, Riverside

Medical School: University of California, Riverside

Interests: wilderness medicine, animals, hiking, camping, backpacking, telescopes

Favorite food: seafood, anything spicy

Future plans: teaching medical students, mix of community and academic medicine

Why RCH/UCR? huge volume, diverse pathology, great interactions with faculty as a medical student here, high emphasis on wellness

What do you like about living in Riverside? affordable, easily access anywhere in Southern California, close to outdoor recreation

Ashkan Morim, MD, MPH

Hometown: Tehran, Iran until the age of 17, Santa Monica, CA since then

Undergrad: BS in Biochemistry and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA

Masters: Masters of Public Health at USC

Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine

Interests: Traveling (Jet Blue all you can jet anyone?), Swimming, Hiking, blogging (www.saverintraining.com), spending time with family and friends

Favorite food: Persian stews and rice, sushi, shawarma, Moroccan food, Indian food

Future plans: I enjoy teaching so I would love to work at a place where strong emphasis is placed on teaching. I am also very passionate about public health and will be continuing my non-profit work with PASHA (www.pasha4health.org)

Why RCH/UCR? I absolutely loved my interview day at RCH/UCR. Everyone was very pleasant and it was great to hear from all the residents how Dr. Guldner and the rest of the EM faculty care so much about the wellbeing of the residents. Additionally, I am excited about having an impact on, and shaping the new EM program at Riverside Community Hospital.

What do you like about living in Riverside? First and foremost I will be close to family. The Riverside area is one of the few affordable locations in Southern California but is still very close to the coast. I’m looking forward to get to know the area better in the next few years.

Connor Ohmart, MD

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Undergrad: Arizona State University

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix

Interests: Education, Mentoring, Travel, Golf, Whiskey, Mixology, Film, National Public Radio

Favorite Food: Pho, sushi, burritos. If it's spicy or has noodles, I'm your man.

Future Plans: In addition to working in a community ED, I would love to be involved with education in one form or another, be it with residents or medical students. I also aspire to pursue international medicine later in my career

Why RCH/UCR? The EM community here is just fantastic. All of my co-residents are incredible people that I am privileged to call colleagues. We have fantastic faculty on board who are engaging and truly excited to teach. With such a large census, we get great exposure to a lot of pathology and ample opportunity for procedures (even as an intern). I feel incredibly lucky to be here.

What do you like about living in Riverside? Sunny weather, cocktails at Wolfskill, great Mexican food, and amazing access to the beach and mountains

Devan Pandya, MD

Hometown: Glendora, CA

Undergrad: University of California, Riverside

Medical School: University of California, Riverside

Interests: Medical education, soccer, basketball, travel, karaoke

Favorite food: Cheese plates

Future plans: Community EM while remaining active in med ed. Eventually plan to be more involved with academics.

Why RCH/UCR?: Well run ED with AMAZING people, numerous opportunities to continue to shape the program, lots of procedures

What do you like about living in Riverside? Close to family. Easy access to the coast and mountains. Relaxing by the pool in December.

Emerald Raney, MD

Hometown: Pinetop

Undergrad: University of San Diego

Medical School: University of Arizona Tucson

Interests: Ultrasound, sports medicine, anything to do with the beach, running, swimming, kayaking, or just being outside and active in general, techno and trance music!

Favorite food: pizza, ice cream, blue berries, chick-fil-a!

Future plans: Possibly an ultrasound or sports medicine fellowship, overall working in a setting where I can continue to grow and advance as a physician and hopefully have the chance to help teach the next generation of doctors. Also adopt a dog or two.

Why RCH/UCR? I felt right at home with this program the minute I arrived. I really appreciate the emphasis on resident wellness and the multiple ways it is built into our curriculum. It is a busy ED and trauma center with ample procedures and chances to see and care for sick patients. There is not graduated responsibility so from the beginning you will have a lot of opportunities to learn to manage difficult patients. The staff is all very welcoming and excited to teach. I was also excited at the opportunity to help shape the program and have my opinions and feedback really make a difference.

What do you like about living in Riverside? Riverside is close to just about anything you might want to do: the beach, the mountains, LA, San Diego. I have family in San Diego so it is nice to be close to them again. Riverside also has a diverse population so you see and meet a lot of different people while working. Also it is a few degrees cooler than Arizona (for the most part). Plus as traffic goes in California it isn't too bad!