July 7, 2014
VISALIA – Kaweah Delta’s first class of psychiatry resident physicians
will soon begin caring for patients at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
The four resident physicians are the first class of the
Kaweah Delta Health Care District’s psychiatry residency program, the
district’s third residency program.
“This is truly a historic moment for Kaweah Delta when you
think about how very important psychiatry is to the total health and well-being
of this community,” said Lindsay Mann, the district’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Just a few years ago we did not have a mental health hospital and through this
program we will ensure a greater supply of high-caliber psychiatrists in the
future. We are thrilled to have this residency come to fruition and begin
recruiting these physicians.”
The 16 resident physicians in three programs – emergency
medicine, family medicine, and psychiatry – have completed a two-week orientation
and now begin a two-week period of introduction to their specialties. From
there, they will rotate throughout the hospital caring for patients, under the
supervision of staff
physicians. Additionally, last year’s residents in emergency and family
medicine have become senior residents.
Elizabeth Tully, M.D., program director of the psychiatry
program, said the new psychiatry program is an amazing opportunity for the
Central Valley. The class will graduate in 2018 and its members will be board
eligible adult psychiatrists.
“That is a really great thing because we are working in a
physician shortage area, specifically an area with a very significant shortage
of psychiatrists. We hope to help this entire community and region,” she said.
Michael Serna, M.D, a new psychiatry resident, said he chose
Visalia because he wanted to be part of the new program and liked the area. “Visalia
itself played an important role in my decision as well because it is a
family-friendly community that my family and I saw ourselves being a part of.”
When they are not caring for patients, resident physicians train
inside Kaweah Delta’s Margaret Foley Graduate Medical Education Center. The
center houses offices, classrooms, conference rooms, a lounge and the 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
The following resident physicians are part of the 2014 class
Kingwai Lui, DO, Western University of Health Sciences
Gagandeep Randhawa, MD, Government Medical College of
Kamaldeep Sandhu, MD, St. George’s University
Michael Serna, MD, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
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
Erik Miguel, DO, A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic
Annie Slife, DO, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of
Kunal Sukhija, MD, UCLA David Geffen School of 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
Frequently Asked Questions About Resident Physicians
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
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.
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
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.