Transitional Year Residency Program
\\\Riverside GME Program
Syed Abidi. MD
Hometown: Union City, CA
Medical School: Emory
Future Career Plans: Academic medicine within neuroradiology and nuclear medicine.
Fun Facts/Hobby: Hobbies: cooking, longboarding, weightlifting, and poetry. Fun fact: I
once singed my eyebrows when lighting a BBQ fire.
Why RCH?: Located in Southern California near the beaches and closer to family! Flexibility
of the schedule and ability to tailor it to your specific interests in
Valerie Armstrong, MD
Medical School: UCR
Future Career Plans:I don't know whether I want to pursue private practice or academic medicine
and education, but I am interested in MSK and Pediatric Radiology.
Fun Facts/Hobby: Traveling, hiking, running, game nights with friends, adventuring with
my fiance and our puppy, Sully. Fun facts: I am a horrible cook, I can
only speak one language (your guess!), I am an expert in napping and my
favorite meal is dessert.
Why RCH?: UCR is my home medical school so I had the opportunity to rotate at RCH
as a medical student and I loved it. The TY program is something special
-- it has the most amazing leadership (Dr. An, Dr. G, Kris) who are so
supportive of our goals. The flexible schedule allows you to tailor your
intern year to your interests and there is a unique emphasis on Emergency
Medicine. Finally, the perks that RCH offers are wonderful and the location
in Southern California is hard to beat.
Justin Arnold, MD
Hometown: Danville, CA
Medical School: George Washington
Future Career Plans: Special interest in men's dermatology, hair disorders, and advanced practice
providers within the field
Fun Facts/Hobby: Lifting weights, running, biking, hiking, cooking, and spending time with
family and pets
Why RCH?: The program was extremely welcoming with an emergency medicine focused,
yet flexible, curriculum, ample electives, and the opportunity to return
to California to be near family.
Erika Castro, MD
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Medical School: UTSW
Future Career Plans: I am interested in pediatric or breast radiology, undecided on academic
vs private practice, although I do hope to incorporate medical education
in my career. I also hope to establish or work with an existing medical
school pipeline program to increase diversity in medicine.
Fun fact: I was born in Alaska and have lived in 4 states and 2 countries. Hobbies:
Going to the beach, visiting state and national parks, spending time with
my dog, cycling, baking, and reading
Why RCH?: I chose RCH for its welcoming atmosphere and curriculum flexibility, especially
the emphasis on emergency medicine. The great location near the beaches
and mountains doesn't hurt either!
Joseph Chen, MD
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Medical School: UCI
Future Career Plans: Academic medicine with a focus on medical education
Fun Facts/Hobby: Hobbies: Bodybuilding, golf, and cars. Fun fact: I am a certified personal trainer.
Why RCH?: Flexible schedule, Southern California location, supportive leadership,
and emphasis on resident wellness.
Michael Chung, MD
Hometown: Dalton, GA
Undergrad: Southern Adventist University
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Future Career Plans: International medical mission work, private practice, possibly surgical
Fun Facts/Hobby: Hobbies: Enjoy playing music, basketball, volleyball, and any activity
involving a large body of water. Fun fact: I'm extremely allergic to peanuts
and have had about 7 near-death experiences during my lifetime
Why RCH?: I chose RCH because I felt it offered great flexibilty along with a strong
sense of support and camaraderie from the faculty, residents, and staff
alike. Being able to stay close to friends and family here in Southern
California was an added plus.
Bobak (Bobby) Hedayati, MD
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Medical School: UCI
Future Career Plans: Undecided. Possibly general dermatology vs dermatopathology
Why RCH?:Close to fiance, family, friends. Strong camaraderie amongst resident group.
More ER training than standard prelim years
Zachary Hill, MD
Hometown: Idaho Falls, ID
Medical School: Univ Washington
Future Career Plans: Clinical practice, teaching, and image-guided procedures.
Fun Facts/Hobby: Fun fact: I am immune to brain freezes. Hobbies: Mountain biking, snowboarding,
golfing, tennis, and jumping into random bodies of water.
Why RCH?: The emphasis on Emergency Medicine and the flexibility of electives create
a training experience that is much more applicable to my future career.
More importantly-passion, joy, and comraderie were ubiquitious with everyone
I met on interview day.
Wendy Li, MD
Hometown: Oak Park, CA
Medical School: Indiana University
Future Career Plans: Special interest in rheumatology-dermatology
Fun Facts/Hobby: Fun fact: I was born in China. Hobbies: Traveling, photography, painting,
reading, and walking on the beach.
Why RCH?: I chose RCH based on my gut feeling: the people, location, and training
Michael (Mick) McColl, MD
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Medical School: Johns Hopkins
Future Career Plans: Radiology (MSK / IR)
Fun Facts/Hobby: Hobbies: Ice Hockey, Football, Cycling, Photography, Music,
Why RCH: RCH stood out to me because of its emphasis on emergency medicine and the
ability to explore many aspects of medicine in a transitional year. As
a future radiologist, I felt this broad training was important. In addition,
I have spent the last 25 years on the east coast and wanted something new!
Roya Mirhossaini, MD
Hometown: Colorado Springs
Undergrad: Univ Colorado
Medical School: Univ Colorado
Future Career Plans: Academic dermatology with focus on skin of color
Fun Facts/Hobby: Hobbies: Backyard chickens, Myers-Briggs, bread, skiing
Why RCH?: I chose RCH based on its emphasis on emergency medicine, which is unique
amongst other preliminary year programs as well as strong camraderie amongst
residents and faculty.
Luis Monterroso, MD
Hometown: Upland, CA
Medical School: Univ of Rochester
Future Career Plans: Undecided but I am passionate about medical education, mentoring, and increasing
diversity and inclusion within Radiology.
Fun Facts/Hobby: Fun Fact: My first job was working in the grill at my local McDonald's.
Hobbies: Running, Subaru enthusiast, sports, and hiking
Why RCH?: I chose RCH because I knew I wanted to come back home to the IE for my
intern year. I am passionate about serving the patient population at RCH
and helping Spanish-speaking patients. Also, RCH stood out to me because
it has a great leadership with Dr. An, Dr. G, and Kris and all the residents
had nothing but positive things to say about the program.
Stephanie Noh, MD
Hometown: Corona, CA
Undergrad: Vassar College
Medical School: UCI
Future Career Plans: Keeping an open mind, but interested in oculoplastics or comprehensive!
Fun Facts/Hobby:Fun fact: I can 4-star every level on Overcooked. Hobbies: painting, hiking,
cooking/baking, eating food
Why RCH?: The people. On interview day I was immediately struck by how welcoming
and supportive everyone was, and didn't hesitate to choose RCH as my top
program. Additionally, as a future ophthalmologist, I loved the emphasis
on emergency medicine and the ability to tailor our electives to best
suit our career goals. Riverside County is also my home, so I am stoked
to be serving my community.
Navin Prasad, MD
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Undergrad: Santa Clara
Medical School: Georgetown
Future Career Plans: Otolaryngology, maybe head and neck fellowship
Fun Facts/Hobby: Hobbies: basketball, hiking, board games, traveling, all-you-can-eat meals,
golfing, spending time with family and my dog Stella
Why RCH?: I chose RCH based on it's many options for electives, especially EM which
is a great way to apply what is learned in medical school and gives learning
opportunities for any specialty one is going into. Being from Arizona,
having family in LA, and going to college in California make the location perfect!
Evelyn Ross, MD
Hometown: Pleasantville, NJ
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins
Medical School: UCSD
Future Career Plans: Surgery and treating underserved populations
Fun Facts/Hobby: Hobbies: drumming, basketball, laughing at memes
Why RCH?: I chose RCH because of the diverse training opportunities and the commitment
to serving the community. I also value the emphasis on wellbeing and creating
strong bonds with our colleagues. RCH really embodies the type of supportive,
community oriented medicine that I want to practice in the future.
Mohima Sanyal, MD
Hometown: Oakton, VA
Undergrad: William and Mary
Medical School: Univ of Pennsylvania
Future Career Plans: I'm passionate about the intersection of ophthalmology and public health,
and I seek to address unmet vision care needs by helping study, create,
and cultivate more inclusive and equitable systems of care for local and
Fun Facts/Hobby: Fun fact: I'm a 1st Dan Black Belt in Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do.
Hobbies: Singing, dancing (with a special love for Bhangra), writing,
Why RCH?:The sense of community at RCH is unparalleled, and the community love is
obvious in every interaction. The current residents are thrilled to be
learning in this environment, and the diverse clinical experiences and
exceptional support from RCH mentors make it a program that truly stands
out. RCH also provides the amazing and rare opportunity for me to spend
time on the West Coast with my brother's family including the best nieces
in the universe!
Noah Simon, MD
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Univ of Chicago
Future Career Plans: Likely pediatric ophthalmology or comprehensive. Undecided on academics
versus private practice.
Fun Facts/Hobby:Fun fact: I am a dual citizen of Canada. Hobbies: Road cycling, mountain
biking, hiking, climbing, and personal finance/investing.
Why RCH?:I chose RCH for its emphasis on emergency medicine and flexibility with
5 months of electives. As a future ophthalmologist, I wanted to have a
broad, well-rounded intern year, as opposed to spending the entire year
in internal medicine. On my interview day, I really appreciated the program's
easy going culture and emphasis on wellness and teamwork.
Maria Tobar, MD
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Medical School: UCLA
Future Career Plans: Two fold: 1. complete critical care training following residency and 2.
work with prehospital medical providers in the ongoing development of
prehospital resuscitation practices
Fun Facts/Hobby: Fun facts: I recently planted 43 trees, and I am a huge animal lover. Hobbies:
Learning how to keep trees alive, playing tennis, running and traveling.
Why RCH?: I chose RCH because of it's commitment to provide comprehensive medical
care to an expansive diverse population with varying access to resources.
It was important to me that the residency program where I trained at not
only prioritized emergency and critical care skills development, but also
relationship building with the community.
Evelyn Tran, MD
Hometown: Lakewood, CA
Undergrad: Williams College
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson
Future Career Plans: Interested in comprehensive ophthalmology vs glaucoma, volunteerism with
underserved communities locally and abroad
Fun Facts/Hobby: Hobbies: Ice skating, skiing, hiking, biking, painting, crocheting, food
Why RCH?: RCH’s unique curriculum of emergency medicine and diverse electives
will provide me with a strong foundation for my future career in ophthalmology.
The supportive faculty and the emphasis on community drew me to this program.
I am also excited to be close to family for a year!
Eric Viquez, MD
Hometown: Orange, CA
Medical School: Univ Colorado
Future Career Plans: Considering an ultrasound fellowship after training. Eventually, I'd like
to work in a rural ED.
Fun Facts/Hobby: I love doing all the outdoor activities. Freediving, mountain biking, snowboarding,
Why RCH?: RCH has an incredible community and friendly vibe. Being close to family
and friends is a plus!