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Nishant Trivedi, MD – Chief Resident

I am both honored and excited to serve as Chief Resident at Kaiser San Francisco for the 2018-2019 academic year. This program, including its residents, attendings, and leadership, have been a constant source of mentorship and inspiration throughout my residency. I look forward to facilitating that same positive experience for other residents over the course of this year.

I was born and raised on Long Island, in New York, and obtained my BS at Cornell University. I spent a year between college and medical school to teach advanced cellular biology to gifted high school students in New Jersey. There, I experienced the deep satisfaction that comes from helping a student work through challenges, both academic and personal. Mentorship and medical education would become a critical component of my medical training and began exploring these passions further while pursuing my MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. It was at Mount Sinai that I also developed my passion for cardiology and for clinical research.

I left home in NY to pursue residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco for several reasons. From the moment I first visited, it was clear that this was a place that truly valued resident wellness as much as it emphasized clinical excellence – the incredibly strong bonds I share with my co-residents attests to this. Also, few other residencies could have allowed me to care for such a diverse, complex cardiac patient population, given Kaiser SF’s status as a regional cardiac referral center. And for those interested in research? I have found no shortage of incredible mentors and projects to participate in. Finally, the thought of living in this wonderful city of San Francisco wasn’t an opportunity I was willing to pass up. Coming to Kaiser SF was undoubtedly one of the best decisions of my professional career.

As Chief, my goal is to be a fierce advocate for our residents’ education and wellness. I will work with program leadership to create an engaging and clinically relevant curriculum for our housestaff. Most importantly, I will continue to promote the strong sense of camaraderie that characterizes our residents as we all work together towards our professional goals.
Of course, when I’m not doing all of the above, you can often find me enjoying ramen in Japan Town, enjoying the nature of Golden Gate Park, or checking out all the fairs, parades, and farmers’ markets SF has to offer!

Megan Lockwood, MD – Chief Resident

I am thrilled to serve as a chief resident at Kaiser San Francisco. I recently completed my residency at University of California, San Francisco, and look forward to continuing the tradition as an external chief.

During residency, I was participated in the Health Professions Education pathway. This opportunity exposed me to the scholarship of medical education and the rigorous skills and theory needed to pursue educational research. Through this pathway I worked within the Division of Rheumatology as part of a team that developed an interactive virtual patient platform that presents rheumatology case scenarios with a focus on clinical reasoning. This research has spared a passion for educational subspecialty scholarship that I hope to cultivate as a career. I also had the opportunity to work as an editorial fellow for JAMA Internal Medicine, where I worked closely with the editorial team, getting to observe and participate in discussions on emerging medical research.

I enjoy practicing medicine in a variety of settings and am excited to learn more about the Kaiser culture. I am passionate about education, and enjoy exploring it at work, in research, and outside the hospital. Prior to medical school, I taught biology and physics with the Peace Corps in Ghana for two years. I plan to pursue subspecialty training in rheumatology, with a focus on educational scholarship.

San Francisco Internal Medicine Residents 2018-2019

Level Resident Name Medical School
R1 Asim Alam Virginia Commonwealth University
R1 Tianyu Chen Case Western Reserve University
R1 William Chen University of California, San Francisco
R1 Andrew Choi Northwestern University
R1 Tyler Denman University of Washington
R1 Hien-Khanh Huynh University of California, San Francisco
R1 Alan Iwahashi Loma Linda University
R1 Michael Khanjyan University of California, San Francisco
R1 Quang Lam New York Medical College
R1 Stefan Lowenstein University of California, San Francisco
R1 Cheri Mah University of California, San Francisco
R1 Samuel Mannarino Tulane University
R1 Rajeev Masson SUNY Downstate
R1 Anand Narayanan UC Davis
R1 Dylan Noblett UC Davis
R1 Michelle Vy Virginia Commonwealth University
R1 Laura Walsh University of California, San Francisco
R1 Jessica Watson University of South Florida
R2 Eshandeep Boparai George Washington University School of Medicine
R2 Bo Hyun Cho University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
R2 Brandon Imp* Rutgers University School of Medicine
R2 Shyam Javvaji University of Texas School of Medicine
R2 Ethan Johnson University of Arkansas School of Medicine
R2 Erin Kobashigawa Tulane University School of Medicine
R2 Neha Sanyal George Washington University School of Medicine
R2 Ida Solis Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine
R2 Cameron Stainken* University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
R2 Ke Sun George Washington University School of Medicine
R2 Carma Yaghi Georgetown University School of Medicine
R3 Sarah Ali University of Mississippi School of Medicine
R3 Matthew Bald University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
R3 Giorgia Garrett* King’s College London GKT School of Medical Education
R3 Matthew Kwong Tufts University School of Medicine
R3 Aaron Lam University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
R3 Caterina Liu* University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
R3 Dat Nguyen Baylor College of Medicine
R3 Flang Nguyen University of Vermont College of Medicine
R3 Ivana Sheu Tulane University School of Medicine
R3 Roderick Thompson Jefferson Medical College
R4 Ryan Guinness* Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
R4 Jocelyn Tseng* University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

*Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine Resident

What our residents are saying

Kaiser San Francisco is the perfect prelim program. My intern year there was the perfect balance between service to patients, furthering my own knowledge as a doctor, and taking care of my personal wellness. I always felt that my learning needs and my wellbeing were priorities of the program leadership. There is a strong emphasis on education with an abundance of educational conferences that are truly supported by the entire faculty. Kaiser San Francisco has a diverse mix of patients with enough 'bread and butter' medicine to become confident in treating common diseases but enough 'zebras' to stay intellectually on my toes. An additional bonus is Kaiser San Francisco's role as a regional referral center for cardiac disease. Typically intimidating entities like intraaortic balloon pumps and TAVR became a routine part of my day in the ICU. I feel both well prepared for my residency in anesthesia and not so overextended from my intern year that I am burnt out for the years to come. Last but not least, the absolute best part of Kaiser's program is the people. I made lifelong friends with my fellow interns and residents that have continued beyond my transition to residency.

Lindsay Borg, Preliminary Intern

My favorite thing about Kaiser San Francisco is the people. The residents are fun and motivated, making it a pleasure to come in everyday. The faculty are also really warm and open-minded, fostering a comfortable environment of learning and development. Another strength of this program is the support and encouragement we receive in pursuing our ambitions. Residents pursue a variety of careers: primary care, hospital based medicine, sub-specialty fellowship, public health and administration. I have enjoyed the enthusiastic support of mentors and program directors in pursuing my own interest in gastroenterology. I was able to work with one of the faculty on a primary research project, eventually presenting a poster at a national conference and now have submitted a manuscript for publication. I was also able to rotate on the GI consult services at other medical centers to further explore my interest in gastroenterology. Other residents have elected to travel outside the country, working in Africa, Asia and South America through the Global Health Program. But the best part of training here are the friends I've gained and hope to keep for the rest of my life.

Stuart Thomas, Categorical Resident

Belief is a powerful thing. Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco epitomizes what it means to believe in its people. From the very first day of receiving an interview, to truly getting to know me and my interests during the selection process, and ultimately allowing me to tailor my experience during residency, this program provided an atmosphere that we all crave as adult learners. Support, camaraderie, and genuine care for the individual allowed each of us to flourish in ways I never thought possible. Whether it be allowing trainees to spend a month in Liberia fighting the Ebola outbreak, pursuing a 6-week tropical medicine degree in Peru, spending a research month at Mass General Hospital, or countless other experiences that fostered our personal and professional growth, KPSF always strived to provide us with the time and guidance to succeed in what was most important to us. Having the opportunity to learn from amazing and accomplished mentors and attendings, work within one of the country's premier integrated healthcare systems, and live in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Kaiser was the perfect place to train as a resident and begin a fulfilling career. The unique combination of rigorous academic expectations along with top-notch clinical performance allowed us to understand many different facets of medicine and science. In an era of increasing integration, expanding health information technology, and team-based work environments, you will be hard-pressed to find a training program that prepares you more appropriately for a new age in American healthcare. Deciding on a residency program is one of the biggest decisions of your life; looking back on it now, I can confidently say it was one of the best I've ever made.

Sandeep Palakodeti, Categorical Resident
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