Internal Medicine Residency Program

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Research and Scholarly Activity

Our residents are active in many research and quality improvement projects with faculty here and collaborators at other institutions. Residents are able to utilize the HCA Physician Services national clinical database, and are supported by a research director and research coordinator.

Recent Publications

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.

Johnson AK, Patel FR, Persichino JG. Q Fever in Southern California: 11 Patient Cases from a Community-Based Organization Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2019 Nov;101(5):1185–1186.

Zackria R, Popa A. Transhiatal Herniation as the Cause of Acute Pancreatitis After Toupet Fundoplication. ACG Case Rep J. 2019 Aug 14;6(8):e00156.

Jamil A, Soos MP. Tracheal Bronchus StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Oct 10.

Zackria R, Waheed A. Postcholecystectomy Syndrome StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Jul 4.

Jamil A, Kasi A. Cancer, Metastasis to the Lung StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Dec 23.

Jamil A, Kasi A. Pneumatocele. In: StatPearls. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020.

Savoj J, Mikhail C, Napatkamon A, Gulati R, Popa R, Popa A. Effect of starting a new residency program on the quality of care measures at a community hospital: 2-year follow-up. Submitted.

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).

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)

Sharma S, Sadhegi M, Mallela S. Your brain Is fried…..literally [Clinical Vignette First Place Award] American College of Physicians Southern California Meeting; 2019 Oct 12; Carlsbad (CA).

Zackria R. A Troublesome Remnant. American College of Gastroenterology 2019 Meeting. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 114:S788-S789. October 2019.

Zackria R, Hwang AW. A Benign Tumor With a Malignant Course. American College of Gastroenterology 2019 Meeting. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 114: S1447. October 2019

Zackria R, Hwang AW, Sagami J. Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome: The Ambiguous Cause of Abdominal Pain. American College of Gastroenterology 2019 Meeting. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 114:S1487-S1488. October 2019

Gelman S, Benin A, Ishkhanian R, Singh H, Sharma J, Gulati R. Carney Syndrome: A family no longer cursed. American College of Physicians National Meeting; 2020 Apr 29 - May 1; Los Angeles (CA).

Aravagiri A, Jamerson E, Persichino J. Sometimes we miss the target. American College of Physicians National Meeting; 2020 Apr 29 - May 1; Los Angeles (CA).

Ho J, Hwang AW, Choi E. Gastric volvulus presenting as acute chest pain. American College of Physicians National Meeting; 2020 Apr 29 - May 1; Los Angeles (CA).

Ho J, Duke A. Recurrent fever: Iatrogenic withdrawal syndrome following prolonged sedation. Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Conference; 2020 Apr 16-18; San Diego (CA)

Jamil A, Ibrahim T, Schleuter D, Kubomoto S, Jamil A. A Case Regarding The Aftermath Of Acupuncture. American Thoracic Society 2020. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2020;201:A3221.

Gelman S, Kubomoto S. Association of Viral Gastroenteritis and Lymphopenia. American College of Physicians National Meeting; 2020 Apr 29 - May 1; Los Angeles (CA).

Nair G, Hwang AW, Napatkamon A, Lowe D, Kubomoto S. Trends and characteristics of acute care visit for cannabis hyperemesis syndrome in the United States. Digestive Disease Week; 2020 May 2-5; Chicago (IL).

Johnson A, Hanna G, Biswas M, Napatkamon A, Kubomoto S. Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with elevated cardiac troponin I have increased length of stay but similar ventilation time. ID Week 2020. Philadelphia, PA.

Schrader M, Jeganathan N, Sathananthan M. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients admitted to the ICU with respiratory failure - a re-evaluation of the risk factors and outcomes. CHEST 2020. Chicago (IL).

Jamil A, Kubomoto S, Napatkamon A, Wilson S, Jennings C, Taha ATM, Patel C. Large retrospective study analyzing role of steroids use in intubated angioedema patients. CHEST 2020. Chicago (IL).

Local Competitions

We are so proud of our housestaff who took home a first place prize for clinical vignettes and a 3rd place price in research at the American College of Physician’s Southern California Chapter Meeting in 2019. Our amazing jeopardy team made it to the finals in the ACP Doctor’s Dilemma competition narrowly losing to UCLA in the final jeopardy question. We’ll get them next time!

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.