Transitional Year Residency Program

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Our Residents

Residents Bios

Syed Abidi. MD

Hometown: Union City, CA

Undergrad: UCSD

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 medicine.

Valerie Armstrong, MD

Hometown: CA

Undergrad: UCSB

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

Undergrad: UCSD

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

Undergrad: Rice

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

Undergrad: UCLA

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 dermatology

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

Undergrad: USC

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

Undergrad: BYU

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

Undergrad: UCLA

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 seemed excellent!

Michael (Mick) McColl, MD

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Undergrad: Emory

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

Undergrad: Rice

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 global communities.

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, traveling, baking

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

Undergrad: UCSD

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

Undergrad: UCI

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, camping, etc.

Why RCH?: RCH has an incredible community and friendly vibe. Being close to family and friends is a plus!