Welcome to the Kaiser Oakland Internal Medicine Residency from the 2023-24 Chief Residents!
I am a native Californian from Davis, a town near Sacramento, and I attended UC Davis for college before completing medical school at California Northstate University. I’m so happy I ended up at Kaiser Oakland for my IM residency. I was drawn to this program after rotating here as a sub-intern and experiencing the breadth and depth of clinical experiences and teaching, as well as the strong emphasis on point-of-care ultrasound training. The people who make up this residency are some of the best individuals and make training here feel more like being part of a family rather than just a job. Outside of the hospital, you can catch me doing CrossFit, going on hikes with my dogs, or exploring a new fly-fishing spot!
Tim Yang, MD
I’ve lived in the best place in the country, Northern California, nearly all my life after immigrating from India at the age of five. I grew up in the diverse city of Sacramento and attended college at UC Riverside where I received my BA in Psychology. While considering whether a career in medicine was right for me, I took 3 gap years working as a medical scribe in an emergency department and as a behavioral therapist for kids with autism. These experiences confirmed how exciting and fulfilling medicine is and brought me back to the community I grew up in for medical school at UC Davis. At UC Davis, I was granted the privilege of serving my community as Co-Director for the free student-run clinic, Shifa. I joined Kaiser Oakland for Internal Medicine Residency in the Health Equity and Disparities Track. I chose this program because of the academic focus, prioritization of resident wellness, and its commitment to equity. I have made lifelong friends at Kaiser Oakland and continue to make memories that I will always cherish. I consider myself lucky to be part of such a remarkable program. In my free time, I love hiking in Redwood Regional Park or Marin County, trying new restaurants and cooking new recipes, traveling, watching independent film, yoga, and watching Formula One.
Tanya Selvam, MD
The Bay Area has always been home to me. I grew up in the San Jose area and graduated from Bellarmine High School. I attended UC Berkeley for college and then embarked on my initial career path working in various positions such as a Neuroscience Research Assistant at Kaiser Redwood City, a Clinical Research Coordinator at UCSF, and as a data specialist at Stryker. These positions made me realize there was a piece missing—the direct human contact of caring for patients. I changed paths and enrolled in medical school at UC San Diego. Medical school confirmed that I had found my calling. In seeking a residency program, I knew I wanted to return to my community in the Bay Area. I chose Kaiser Oakland for my residency training because of its long track record of scholarly achievement, its emphasis on teaching, and most importantly because of the culture of camaraderie within the program which extended into the close-knit relationships residents have with the faculty.
My three years of residency flew by. They reaffirmed for me my decision to come to Kaiser Oakland. I have felt 110% supported by the program leadership, I have made lifelong friends, and I know I have been prepared to enter clinical practice and be able to manage anything that might come my way. I am extremely excited to be serving as a Chief Resident this academic year so I can give back to the program and play a role in developing the next cohort of residents!
Nijar Patel, MD
What our residents are saying
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.
“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!
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!
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||Julia Constantini||Case Western|
|PGY1||Morgan Haynes||New Mexico|
|PGY1||Chandini Kapoor||UC Davis|
|PGY1||Ananya Majumdar||Central Florida|
|PGY1||Jason Nazaroff||UC Irvine|
|PGY1||Tiantian Qin||California University|
|PGY1||Christine Shieh||Virginia Commonwealth|
|PGY1||Sabiha Tamima||Frank Netter-Quinnipiac|
|PGY1||Justin Tang||California Northstate|
|PGY1||Michelle Zhang||Ohio State|
|PGY2||Julia Du||California Northstate|
|PGY2||Soundarya Kumaravelu||UC Davis|
|PGY2||Peter Lee||California Northstate|
|PGY2||Malcolm Moyer||UC San Diego|
|PGY2||Emily Nguyen||California Northstate|
|PGY2||Joy Njuguna||UC Davis|
|PGY2||Joel Nortey||East Carolina|
|PGY2||Edward Shin||University of Wisconsin|
|PGY2||Aaron Smith||Frank Netter- Quinnipiac|
|PGY3||Michelle Fok||University of Illinois|
|PGY3||Christopher Macko||University of Texas-San Antonio|
|PGY3||Alexandro Marquez||UC San Diego|
|PGY3||Samantha Nguyen||UC Davis|
|PGY3||Kyu Min Shim||California NorthState|
|PGY3||Nicholas Tom||UC Davis|
|PGY3||Jimmy Yao||Case Western|
|PGY3||Sherry Zhang||University of South Florida|
|Chief Resident||Nihar Patel||UC Davis|
|Chief Resident||Tanya Selvam||Drexel|
|Chief Resident||Timothy Yang||University of Southern California|
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
- Pulmonary – 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
Students, Residents, and Fellows from the following programs rotate to Oakland Medical Center:
- 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; Drexel’s Kaiser cohort is based in the East Bay for 3rd and 4th year and many complete sub-internships with us; numerous other med students complete away rotations in their 4th year
- 3rd Year Medical Students: UCSF’s KLIC students spend their entire 3rd year at Kaiser Oakland; California Northstate M3s complete their core IM clerkship here; ACE-PC medical students from UC
- UCSF Palliative Care fellows
- Surgery residents from UCSF
- Ophthalmology Fellows
- 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship for UCSF
- 3rd Year OBGYN Clerkship for UCSF
- Emergency Medicine residents from Alameda County/ Highland