Internal Medicine Residency Program

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Research and Scholarly Activity

Our residents are active in many research and quality improvement projects with residency faculty and collaborators at other institutions. Residents are able to utilize the Graduate Medical Education Division’s unique clinical database and also apply for GME funded competitive grants.


Savoj J, Becerra B, Kim JK, Fusaro M, Gallieni M, Lombardo D, Lau WL. Utility of Cardiac Biomarkers in the Setting of Kidney Disease. Nephron. 2019;141(4):227-235.

Zeleke BG, Biswas ES, Biswas M. Teaching Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to Young Children (<12 Years Old). Am J Cardiol. 2019 May 15;123(10):1626-1627.

Gupta R, Amanam I, Rahmanuddin S, Mambetsariev I, Wang Y, Huang C, Reckamp K, Vora L, Salgia R. Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK)-positive Tumors: Clinical, Radiographic and Molecular Profiles, and Uncommon Sites of Metastases in Patients With Lung Adenocarcinoma. Am J Clin Oncol. 2019 Apr;42(4):337-344.

West BH, Fleming RG, Al Hemyari B, Banankhah P, Meyer K, Rozier LH, Murphy LS, Coluzzi AC, Rusheen JL, Kumar P, Elashoff D, Tobis JM. Relation of Patent Foramen Ovale to Acute Mountain Sickness. Am J Cardiol. 2019 Jun 15;123(12):2022-2025.

Savoj J, Iftikhar S, Burstein S, Hu P. Transcatheter Double Valve-in-Valve Replacement of Aortic and Mitral Bioprosthetic Valves Cardiol Res. 2019 Jun;10(3):193-198.

Iftikhar S, Jamil A, Savoj J, Hu P. Noninvasive Treatment Approach of Radial Pseudoaneurysm. Cardiol Res. 2019 Apr;10(2):131-134.

Sabet A, Haghighiabyaneh M, Ghashghaei R, Karimi A. Magnetic resonance signature of a cardiac mass. Acta Cardiol. 2018 Apr;73(2):188-189.

Igata S, Wettersten N, Wong DJ, Sabet A, DeMaria AN. Acute right heart failure caused by tacrolimus after renal transplantation: Serial observation by speckle tracking and Doppler echocardiography. Echocardiography. 2017 Nov;34(11):1730-1732.

Sharma J, Mangla N, Sinh S, Loomba R, Ajmera V. Similar Rate of Incident Hepatocellular Carcinoma in NAFLD Cirrhosis and Chronic Hepatitis C Cirrhosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Manuscript submitted for publication July 2019.

Iftikhar SF, Hu P. Complex Coronary Artery Lesions. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Apr 2.

Iftikhar SF, Ahmad F. Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Mar 21.

Iftikhar SF, Biswas M. Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Mar 21.

Conference Presentations

House staff are encouraged to submit and present their research and case reports at local and national conferences. Funding is provided towards travel and other expenses.

Hwang AW, Olmedo K, Whitmore M, Popa AS. Implementation of a blood utilization program at a community hospital [abstract]. Hospital Medicine Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27; National Harbor (MD)

Savoj J, Ayutyanont N, Vandever C, Gulati R, Biswas M. Assessment of contributing risk factors leading to heart failure in methamphetamine user patients [abstract 732] American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Mar 12;73(9)(suppl 1).

Savoj J, Mikhail C, Gulati R, Ayutyanont N, Popa AS. New Internal Medicine Residency Program at a Community Hospital Improves Mortality Without Increasing the Cost or Length of Stay (A Two-year followup) [abstract]. Hospital Medicine Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27; National Harbor (MD).

Zackria R, Popa AS, Ayutyanont N, Morrison-Banks E. Establishing residents as teachers curriculum at a new residency program in a community hospital [abstract]. Innovations in Medical Education; 2019 Feb 22-23; Los Angeles (CA).

Al hemyari B, Yoon J, Zame W, Van Der Schaar M, Cadeiras M. Artificial intelligence improves personalized risk prediction in high risk heart failure patients post cardiac transplant [abstract 13238] American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Circulation. 2018 Nov 5;138:A13238

Kubomoto S, Bunag C, Gulati R. Using a smartphone chat app for communication between residency program leadership and house staff. Poster. Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, Spring Conference. Philadelphia. April 2019.

Ho JL, Seigler M, Karlin A, Gulati R. Aripiprazole-induced diabetic ketoacidosis [abstract]. Hospital Medicine Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27; National Harbor (MD)

Ho JL, Gad Y, Popa R. Renal artery thrombosis following synthetic cannabinoid ingestion [abstract]. Hospital Medicine Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27; National Harbor (MD)

Olmedo K, Hwang A, Whitmore M, Popa A. Decreasing inappropriate blood transfusions Hospital Medicine Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27; National Harbor (MD)

Huang C, Marvan F, Gulati R, Boswell W, Chaudhry A, Sosna J, Rahmanuddin S. 3D Quantification of the Liver and Spleen as a Hepatosplenic Toxicity Marker in Patients Undergoing Systemic Chemotherapy: Novel 3D Advanced Imaging to Monitor End-Organ Damage [abstract]. NCCN 23rd Annual Conference; 2018 Mar 22-23; Orlando (FL).

Al hemyari B, Bunag C, Biswas M. Puzzled by the Pannus [Clinical Vignettes: 1st Prize]. ACP Southern California Chapter Meeting; 2017 Sep; Marina del Rey (CA).

Riverside Community Hospital Quality Improvement Symposium

Each year, residents present the results of their quality improvement projects at the hospital’s QI symposium. Our house staff have been a strong force in promoting quality and cost-effectiveness.

Clarice Bunag, Haidy Youssef, Rasiq Zackria, Sankavi Aravagiri, Eric Khau, Geethu Nair, Alina Popa. Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis: To PPI or not to PPI. Poster.

Javad Savoj, Christine Mikhail, Rajesh Gulati, Ayutyanont Napatkamon, Alina Popa. New Internal Medicine residency program at a community hospital improves mortality without increasing the cost or length of stay: A 2-year follow-up. Oral Presentation

Karla Olmedo, Andrew Hwang, Michael Whitmore, Alina Popa. Decreasing inappropriate blood transfusions. Oral Presentation.

Sabhyata Sharma, Charity Huang, Remus Popa. Evidence based, cost effective, mechanical Venous Thromboembolism prophylaxis for inpatients at Riverside Community Hospital. Poster.

Bashar Al hemyari, Maria Ottinger, Jim Wu, Alina Popa. Educational classes improve glycemic control in patients with poorly controlled Diabetes Mellitus. Poster.

Asma Jamil, Vinh Luu, Subhpaljit Kaur, Alina Popa. Promotion of Antibiotic Stewardship Through the Use of IDSA Guideline-based Clinical Pathways for HAP and VAP Infections. Poster.

Andrew W. Hwang, Asma Jamil, Tri Ngyuen, Alina Popa. Improvement in notification of positive MRSA results. Poster.

HCA Graduate Medical Education Grants

HCA Graduate Medical Education offers competitive research grants to help fund resident projects across the nation. Our residents were the most active, winning 3 out of 6 grant funding awards in 2019.

“Establishing a Residents as Teachers Curriculum at a New Residency Program in a community hospital”, Alina Popa, Rasiq Zackria, Napatkamon Ayutyanont and Elizabeth Morrison-Banks. Internal Medicine. Riverside Community Hospital.

“Laboratory Test Stewardship: Optimizing computerized physician order entry systems to reduce unnecessary laboratory testing”, Remus Popa, Joyce Ho, Muhammad Zain and Samantha Gelman. Internal Medicine. Riverside Community Hospital.

“Teaching children and their family CPR”, Mimi Biswas, Amin Sabet, Bethlehem Zeleke, Syed Iftikhar. Internal Medicine. Riverside Community Hospital.