Kaweah Delta welcomes psychiatry residents

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 scenarios.  

The following resident physicians are part of the 2014 class of residents:  
Psychiatry
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

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
Erik Miguel, DO, A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona
Annie Slife, DO, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern 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  

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.
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