Welcome to the Kaiser Oakland Internal Medicine Residency from the 2021-22 Chief Residents!
I grew up in Macon, Georgia, home to many R&B greats like the “King of Soul” Otis Redding and the “Dancing man himself” James Brown. I attended The College at William and Mary in Virginia where I majored in Political Science. After a brief stint working in Government, I found myself back in school pursuing a career in Medicine. After completing Medical School at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee I traveled West to California to continue my training. I first heard about Kaiser Oakland from my two older sisters who were living in the Bay Area at the time. My sisters promised me that I would love three things: The weather, the diversity, and most importantly the food. They could not have been more spot on.
Kaiser Oakland has been an amazing place to call home and complete my training for the past three years. The diversity of the patient population is unmatched. I had the privilege to learn from patients who spoke a multitude of languages, represented various racial and ethnic backgrounds, and reflected the community in which I lived. As an integrated system, we can provide innovative, efficient, and high-quality care to all patients. Even with the recent pandemic, we have been able to adapt to new challenges while maintaining our priority on patient care and resident education. Finally, I cannot say enough about the support from our program leadership, faculty, and my co-residents, it truly feels like family. I am so excited to be Chief Resident and to spend another year helping lead the program.
Outside of work, I love cooking, eating, and sampling all the good eats the East Bay has to offer. I love sports and enjoy playing soccer, basketball, and most recently cycling. On a nice day, you can find me soaking up the sun and reading a good book at one of Oakland’s many parks.
Uchenna Nwosu, MD
I grew up in New Jersey and, like many East Coasters, viewed California as an unattainable dreamland: a place of majestic beauty, but one far out of reach. After attending undergrad at Johns Hopkins University and medical school at Penn State University, I thought of myself as an East Coaster for life. When the opportunity arose to move out west for residency, I jumped at the chance. From the moment I stepped onto the Kaiser Oakland campus for my residency interview, it felt familiar, almost like I had “come home”. This was reflected in all aspects of the program, from the diverse patient population I saw walking in and out of the hospital doors, to the residents in the resident lounge who were working hard while planning their weekend excursions, to the program leaders who were as enthusiastic about helping me achieve my career goals as they were about discussing fiction novels.
Kaiser Oakland is a special residency program. I truly believe that this program embodies the mantra, “it’s the people that make the difference”. The benefits of a smaller program are that my co-residents have become my best friends, my attendings have seen me grow from an intern to Chief Resident, and I often see my patients out and about in the community. Kaiser Oakland provides the vigor of an academic program while maintaining a close-knit community feel. I am so thankful for the opportunity to stay another year at Kaiser Oakland and work alongside wonderful people who make me smile and laugh every day.
Outside of the hospital, I am a big outdoors person and foodie. Living in Bay Area has truly met and exceeded every single one of my expectations. On the weekends, you can catch me biking from coffee shop to coffee shop, hiking in the redwoods, or trying the endless cuisines that the Bay Area has to offer. Now I am happy to say that I am now a West Coaster for life!
Christina Li, MD
What our residents are saying
A Message From Nathan Juergens, MD, IM/MPH resident class of 2020, UCSF Hospitalist Research Fellow (graduate of University of Minnesota School of Medicine)
Sometimes you feel like you know a place when you navigate to its website. The margins are comfortable. The menus are intuitive. Most of the words are spelled correctly and there aren’t too many banner advertisements for shady pharmaceuticals. Sometimes initial website impressions are enough to give you confidence that this is a residency program where you could learn to practice medicine, where you could spend your formative years as a trainee.
As a current second-year and enthusiastic member of the Kaiser Oakland Internal Medicine residency program, I can say, with a full appreciation for how great this website is, that it only skims the surface of everything the residency has to offer.
Let me guess: You’re either from the Bay Area, want to move to the Bay Area or both. What you may not realize is that, when you’re thinking about the “Bay Area,” it’s actually Oakland that you desire. The sun is close to literally always shining. There’s natural diversity of thought, people, arts, activities, food, and environment. Folks here like to have fun and like it when other people are also having fun. It’s a walkable city, a talkable city, a bike-able city, a likable city. A city full of people who enjoy working a rhyme or two into their daily routine.
The medical center where we spend most of our time reflects the community in which it stands: Abundant windows welcome natural light into a space filled with friendly staff, loyal patients, and soothing sounds from the construction site down the block. There’s a dive bar across the street, fine-dining options a few steps farther, and public transportation not far in the other direction. There are also homeless encampments if you set out through the neighboring park; we are unmistakably in the center of it all, which includes regular reminders of growing inequity and its impact on health.
Now I get to type something that many residents in other programs will never have the good fortune to honestly type: Our program takes care of us. Yes, we still work too much. Yes, we still have to pre-round and write progress notes. And, yes, unfortunately, there is no avoiding the illness and grief the meet us at work on many days. But what makes this program special is that our leadership listens when we ask for help, and they actually care about our health as much as our patients.
No matter where you end up training you are going to learn the medicine. There’s no avoiding it. The patients are going to bring it to you, they are going to ask you to know it, and they are going to make sure you don’t miss anything important. What’s essential, though, is that you find a place, like Kaiser Oakland, where you’ll be supported during your time learning from those patients, where you’ll find happiness as often as not, and— this is critical — where you’ll find a good website.
Raleigh Fatoki, class of 2022 (graduate of Meharry School of Medicine)
“As the proud son of two primary care physicians on the South Side of Chicago, I grew up witnessing disparities in access to care first-hand. As an undergraduate student participating in medical missions, I experienced the impact on communities when there was inconsistent access to electricity or clean water. Like many of us, I pursued medical school to make a difference in the lives of my community. While in medical school at Meharry, I met the program faculty from Kaiser Oakland at the National SNMA conference. I was drawn to the diversity of Oakland and to the mission of the residency program and have been thrilled to be a resident here. During residency, I became enamored with hematology and oncology. Our residency’s faculty were incredible mentors– I led several research projects and presented my findings at multiple conferences, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology national meeting. I am currently looking forward to starting a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology and I feel very well prepared clinically and in terms of the research skills, I have gained. During residency at Kaiser Oakland, I have also had ample time to pursue my passion for community advocacy, such as volunteering at the Word Assembly Faith & Medicine series, an initiative to empower Black men to improve their health through regular small group discussions on health-related topics. And I have remained committed to pipeline development in the form of one-on-one and group mentoring with the HELIX high school mentorship program, Target HOPE college preparatory program, and at Oakland Charter Middle school. All in all, my decision to train at Kaiser Oakland has been incredibly rewarding and I can’t wait for the next chapter to begin!
Zena Salim, class of 2021, UCSF Global Health HEAL fellow (graduate of Michigan State School of Medicine)
My passion for health equity stems from my personal experiences with my family in Kenya. During high school, I started to experience a lot of death and loss in my family. It was always due to a lack of health equity in a way that didn’t exist in the US. I always felt that if they were only here in the US, then they would probably still be here today. Even though I can’t fix that or bring them back, I can dedicate my career to preventing other people from facing similar health inequities and work on decreasing the gap. This passion brought me to medicine, and the Global Health experiences in Kenya during residency at Kaiser Oakland fueled this passion further. I also developed very meaningful mentorship relationships while at Kaiser Oakland that helped guide me to where I am. I am excited to explore a Global Health career path in more depth through the UCSF HEAL fellowship which will station me abroad in Rwanda as well as on the Navajo reservation. Residency at Kaiser Oakland has prepared me well for the challenges ahead and for exploring a career in global health!
Ian Concepcion, MD Hospitalist, Kaiser Vallejo (Bay Area)
What is Kaiser Oakland to me? It is a place where there is truly no such thing as a “dumb” question, where you are never alone, where you are allowed to be yourself and learn at your own pace, and a place where you are a valued member of the treatment team. It is a place where you serve a blue-collar population that is immensely diverse from a socioeconomic, educational, ethnic, and religious standpoint. All of these qualities in one program, located in the most wonderful part of the country make coming to Kaiser Oakland a decision I have never once regretted and never will.
|PGY1||Jose Cortez||UC San Francisco|
|PGY1||Michelle Fok||University of Illinois|
|PGY1||Briana Garcia||UC San Francisco|
|PGY1||Joanna Kim||UC Davis|
|PGY1||Christopher Macko||University of Texas-San Antonio|
|PGY1||Alexandro Marquez||UC San Diego|
|PGY1||Samantha Nguyen||UC Davis|
|PGY1||Kyu Min Shim||California NorthState|
|PGY1||Nicholas Tom||UC Davis|
|PGY1||Jimmy Yao||Case Western|
|PGY1||Sherry Zhang||University of South Florida|
|PGY2||Angelin Cheng||UC Davis|
|PGY2||Polly Huang||University of Southern California|
|PGY2||Irvin Lien||Wayne State|
|PGY2||Joy Liu||Mayo Clinic|
|PGY2||Andrew Lynch||Jefferson Medical College|
|PGY2||David Oh||Tufts University|
|PGY2||Nihar Patel||UC San Diego|
|PGY2||Navneet Ramesh||Tufts University|
|PGY2||Tanya Selvam||UC Davis|
|PGY2||Jeffrey Wang||University of Arizona|
|PGY2||Timothy Yang||California Northstate|
|PGY2||Anna Zhang||University of Iowa|
|PGY3||Donna Hayesbert||UC Davis|
|PGY3||Nika Carrillo||UC Davis|
|PGY3||Josh Chang||Stony Brook University|
|PGY3||Veesta Falahati||UC Davis|
|PGY3||Raleigh Fatoki||Meharry Medical College|
|PGY3||Adnan Khan||Wayne State|
|PGY3||Alex Pelliccione||New York Medical College|
|PGY3||Yash Rusconi-Rodrigues||UC Irvine|
|PGY3||William Vicks||University of Nevada|
|PGY3||Kaili Zhou||UC San Francisco|
|PGY- 4/MPH||Andrea Chai||University of Pittsburgh|
|Chief Resident||Uchenna Nwosu||Meharry Medical College|
|Chief Resident||Christina Li||Penn State|
Other Residents and Medical Students on Oakland Campus
Kaiser Permanente Oakland is affiliated with several medical schools including the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Drexel, and California Northstate University. We host medical students of all years from UCSF, including eight 3rd year UCSF students who complete their entire third year at the Oakland Kaiser Campus as part of the KLIC (Kaiser Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship) program. Third-year medical students from California Northstate complete their required third-year clerkships with us and we host approximately 60 students per year from across the country for a variety of sub-internship experiences. Our program directors, hospitalist attendings, and many of our clinic physicians hold clinical faculty appointments at UCSF. There are also other residency programs at our campus.
Other Oakland Kaiser Residencies
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- General Surgery
- Head and Neck Surgery
- Clinical Psychology
Oakland Kaiser Fellowships
- Pumonary – Critical Care
- Addiction Medicine
- Community Medicine
- Spine Surgery Fellowship
- Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship
*As part of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Fellowship partnership
Other On-campus Residents/Fellows
Residents from the following programs rotate to Oakland Medical Center:
University of California at San Francisco
- 4th-year Sub-Interns: Kaiser Oakland is the only non-UCSF site approved as an official site to complete the required sub-internship in IM
- 3rd Year Medical Students (KLIC)
- Surgery residents
- Ophthalmology Fellows
- 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship
- 3rd Year OBGYN Clerkship
Alameda County Medical Center
- Emergency Medicine
Children’s Hospital Oakland