Kaweah Delta announces new class of graduate medical education resident physicians

VISALIA – Kaweah Delta has selected its next class of resident physicians for its emergency medicine and family medicine programs and its first class of psychiatry residents.  

From September 2013 through February, Kaweah Delta received more than 1,400 applications to the residency programs and interviewed approximately 300 of the applicants for the 16 available training slots. The following resident physicians were chosen to begin Kaweah Delta’s programs:  

Emergency Medicine
Sean Andrews, DO, Western University of Health Sciences
David Denson, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Tam Le, MD, Chicago Medical School Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Phyllis Cowan, DO, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Erik Miguel, DO, A.T. Still University Kunal Sukhija, MD, UCLA
David Geffen School of Medicine  

Family Medicine
Desta Ellis, MD, Escuela Lationoamericana de Medicina
Aisha Hanif, MD, Ross University
Uzma Qureshi, MD, Dow Medical College
Pouria Sadeghi, MD, Saba University
Adesina Sanni, MD, Obafemi Awolowo College
Tehniyat Shorish, MD, King Edward Medical College  

Kingwai Lui, DO, Western University of Health Sciences
Gagandeep Randhawa, MD, Government Medical College of Amritsar
Kamaldeep Sandhu, MD, St. George’s University
Michael Serna, MD, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara  

Resident physicians will begin orientation at the end of June, before starting their rotations at the district. They will join the six family medicine residents and six emergency medicine residents already at Kaweah Delta, who this year enter their second year of training.

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 Transitional Year Residency Program. In following years it will add a General Surgery 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.  

Established in 1963, Kaweah Delta Health Care District is one of the area’s most progressive healthcare providers. It is the only facility with Magnet status in the San Joaquin Valley serving children and adults and remains the only level III trauma center serving Tulare and Kings counties. The district offers a comprehensive scope of services including everything from a well-respected pediatric hospitalist program to nationally recognized orthopedic and cancer programs. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org or follow Kaweah Delta on Twitter and Facebook.