Kaweah Delta announces first class of graduate medical education resident physicians

VISALIA – Kaweah Delta has selected its first class of resident physicians for its first two graduate medical education programs – emergency medicine and family medicine.  

From September 2012 through February, Kaweah Delta received more than 700 applications to the residency programs. The following resident physicians were chosen to begin Kaweah Delta’s Emergency and Family Medicine programs on July 1:  

Emergency Medicine
Daniel Fong, MD, University of Toledo
Trung Le, MD, University of Texas at Houston
Sean Oldroyd, DO, Western University of Health Sciences
Ty Philipson, MD, American University of Antigua
Matthew Poliakoff, DO, Lake Erie College
James Tse, DO, Western University of Health Sciences  

Family Medicine
Fahad Hashmat, MD, Dow Medical College
Kamel Kamel, MD, University of Cairo
Ehab Swehli, MD, University of Al Fateh
Asma Tariq, MD, Aga Khan Medical College
Aisha Umbreen, MD, King Edward Medical College
Marwan Zoghbi, MD, University of Autonoma de Guadalajara  

Resident physicians will begin two weeks of orientation on July 1, before starting their rotations at the district. When they are not caring for patients, resident physicians will train inside Kaweah Delta’s Margaret Foley Graduate Medical Education Center. The center houses offices, classrooms, conference rooms, a lounge and opens up into a newly expanded Lynn Havard Mirviss Education Center where resident physicians can be observed training on SimMan®, a portable and advanced patient simulator that challenges and tests clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient care scenarios. Next year, Kaweah Delta will add a Psychiatry Residency Program. In following years it will add a General Surgery Residency Program and a Transitional Year Residency Program.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Resident Physicians  
Q. What are resident physicians?

A. Resident physicians (or residents) have earned medical (M.D. or D.O.) degrees after 4 years in medical school. They are then in “residency,” training for an additional 3 to 5 years to complete their education in the art and science of medicine and become specialists in their chosen field.  

Q. Do residents ever work alone?

A. No. Residents are always supervised by our seasoned staff physicians.

Q. Will residents work in all the parts of the hospital?

A. Yes. Residents will “rotate” throughout the entire hospital.

Q. How will I know residents are part of my healthcare team?

A. Residents are instructed to introduce themselves as residents, resident physicians, or doctors-in-training and their name badges will state that they are resident physicians.  

Q. What are the benefits to me of having resident physicians at Kaweah Delta?

A. Having graduates of some of the finest medical schools at Kaweah Delta with their bright young minds, caring hearts and skillful hands will raise the bar for medical care you’ll receive. Additionally, studies have shown that when resident physicians work in hospitals the quality of care improves and patients are more satisfied.