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Residents

2021-2022 Chief Residents

“I chose Kaiser Santa Clara as my first choice residency program because I enjoyed working with the team as an extern student. The attendings in this program are all amazing teachers and very pleasant to work with. The residency program itself is very comprehensive and will prepare me to be a competent and confident physician. I am very fortunate that I get to be a part of the Kaiser residency family.” – Zhiqi “Yuki” Chen

“I chose Kaiser for residency because of its national recognition as a top ranked foot and ankle surgery program and leading evidence-based medicine practice. As a foreigner, I hold above all, inclusion and acceptance of race, culture and identity. Kaiser’s multicultural work environment and diverse patient population allows for complex daily interactions and multiple perspectives combined in unison with the purpose of tailoring treatment that falls in line with each individual patient’s needs and beliefs.” – Bogdan Grecea

“There were many qualities that specifically drew me to this program. I chose Kaiser Santa Clara because of its well rounded, rigorous academic curriculum and the supportive relationships between the residents and the attendings. The surgical case volume is not only competitive but also very diverse. We primarily scrub with an attending one on one as they guide us through skin to skin procedures. The quality of the clinic is demonstrated by the case variety, which primarily encompasses post op visits, sports medicine related injuries, and wounds without any routine nail care. Since KPSC is an HMO entity, continuity of care is very accessible which allows us to experience the entirety of the treatment course for the same patient. When deciding on a residency program, I wanted to find a place where I would not only get great training but also enjoy my 3 years of residency. I could not be happier with my choice.” – Brandon Kim

2nd Year Residents

“Kaiser Santa Clara was the most well rounded residency program I visited. Our training includes ample surgical exposure in complex podiatry cases including trauma, and elective cases with diverse pathologies. The bond between the residents is like none that I’ve seen. Kaiser Santa Clara is has quickly become a second home and I feel incredible grateful to be a part of this family!” – Varsha Salunkhe

“Upon visiting several residencies, I found that Kaiser Santa Clara had many redeeming qualities that made it a top choice when it came to ranking residency programs. The attendings are approachable and incredibly invested in teaching. There is a strong family feel amongst the residents and opportunities for open discussion. We see a wide variety of pathologies and serve a diverse population. We also have the opportunity to work with many other specialties and residents within Kaiser, all who are passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration. Further, the Bay Area is a wonderful setting for residency, with abundant hiking trails, great restaurants, and beaches and mountains only a few hours away.” – Saira Kumaravel

“When looking for a residency program, I wanted to find one that would expose me to a diverse amount of pathologies while creating an optimal learning environment. The attendings here at Kaiser Santa Clara are committed to our education while pushing us, giving up their free time for our academics, and creating a fun and exciting workplace. Also, being a part of a large teaching hospital helps offer off-service rotations with incredible academic exposure. I feel incredibly lucky to call Kaiser Santa Clara my residency program, and I’m confident I’ll be the best physician and surgeon upon graduating.” – Amber O’Connor

1st Year Residents

“I chose Kaiser Santa Clara to complete my 3 years of residency because of the amazing training, and wonderful people I encountered during my externship month. I feel, the variety and amount of cases will allow me to become the best foot and ankle surgeon that I can be. The cherry on top for this program is definitely the approachable attending physicians we work with. Everybody here has an open-door policy and is willing to answer any question. When I’m not at the hospital, I enjoy hiking the great outdoors and discovering new restaurants here in Northern California.” – Huaitao “Tom” Zhang

“Kaiser Santa Clara is home to one of the most well-rounded residency programs in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Diversity is a pillar of excellent medical education, and I found it in the team, patients, and rigorous academic curriculum of Kaiser Santa Clara. I was drawn to the warm family spirit among the residents and the supportive mentorship from the attendings. I look forward to growing with this team that consistently demonstrates spirited leadership, passion for life-long learning, and genuine concern for others.” – Patricia “Pats” Limcaoco

“I wanted the best training possible with a great learning environment and I found that at Kaiser Santa Clara. Attendings and residents were easily approachable and always willing to teach. Everyone was personable, welcoming, knowledgeable and had an admirable work ethic. All the people I spent time with are people I look up to and hope to emulate in my future practice. Additionally, the quality of exposure, cases and diversity of pathology and population allows for a well-rounded residency experience both clinically and surgically. I feel tremendously blessed to have Kaiser Santa Clara as my residency which will benefit me for many years to come.” – Arjun Vijayakumar

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