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2013 Intern Welcome BBQ Group Photo

Internal medicine interns enjoy an annual welcome BBQ hosted by residency program director, Sima Desai, M.D.

August 20, 2013

OHSU welcomes 274 residents and fellows to its Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs this summer, including new trainees as well as 32 trainees moving from residency into fellowship.

"This is always a very exciting time of year. We are so pleased to welcome these new physicians and trainees into our health care and education environment. We look forward to helping guide the professional development of our residents and fellows, and to learning from the experience, creativity and innovation they bring to our institution," said Patrick Brunett, M.D., associate dean for GME.

One hundred seventy three residents, including interns, began practicing at OHSU in July. Of these, 23 are OHSU School of Medicine graduates. The new residents and interns include 27 international medical school graduates hailing from countries as far-ranging as New Zealand, Hungary, Nepal and Thailand. Nearly 53 percent of the trainees are female and 47 percent are male.

One hundred one fellows also began their training. Fellows have completed medical school and one residency and are now embarking on additional subspecialty training in their chosen field. This year, internal medicine subspecialties have the largest concentration of new fellows, at 31.

The surgery, anesthesiology, primary care (internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics), and emergency medicine programs combined account for half of the incoming trainees, with the remainder specializing across 14 other programs, including neurology, radiology, urology and preventive medicine/ public health.

This year, 12,379 graduates from around the nation and world applied for the 140 open slots in OHSU's GME programs. The application data reinforce the urgent need to establish and fund additional GME training. The AAMC has called for an increase in federal support for physician training to address the health challenges of an aging and increasingly diverse population and a projected shortage of as many as 130,000 doctors by 2025.

Additional items of interest and articles about new residents from our departments:


Getting to know you: OHSU newest residents' stories

A family medicine match

Family medicine residents Makray Hofmann, D.O., and TuAnh Nguyen, D.O., didn't meet until the end of their first year of medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, even though their cadaver tables were only a couple rows away from each other. Dr. Hofmann played guitar in a rock band throughout medical school. A mutual friend brought Dr. Nguyen to one of his shows, and they started dating two months later. He proposed to her immediately after their Step I licensing exam and the pair recently married, just two weeks before their graduation from medical school.

"We hadn't really considered rural training until we met the Klamath Falls residents and faculty at the AAFP National Conference in Kansas City and fell in love with them," said Dr. Hofmann. "We felt like family from the beginning and feel even more connected now, especially with our new intern class. Furthermore, the opportunities to become trained in everything from endoscopy to primary c-sections coupled with the support of the OHSU network make us feel very confident we will be prepared for any type of practice in the future."

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Pictured: (Left) TuAnh Nguyen, D.O. and Makray Hofmann, D.O.



garvey-82013Serving Oregon's underserved

OHSU family medicine resident Brian Garvey, M.D., was born and raised in Oregon and graduated from Beaverton High School. Before starting medical school at OHSU, Dr. Garvey worked at Harvard School of Public Health on a project that researched the cost effectiveness of AIDS and tuberculosis interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. Continuing his education at OHSU, he uncovered an interest in rural and international medicine, which he has pursued through summer research in Colombia on health in conflict zones. He also served as president of the OHSU School of Medicine Senate and co-chair of the Associated Students for the Underserved. Dr. Garvey was one of the inaugural Swindells Scholars. His hope for the future is to deepen his work with the underserved in Oregon, and to inspire more practitioners to follow suit. 

"I came to medicine through an interest in political economy, anthropology and social justice," Dr. Garvey said. "After exploring these areas through other venues, I learned that the most revolutionary work was being done by physicians."

Pictured: Brian Garvey M.D. 



faraji-82013Childhood friends stick together

OHSU psychiatry program residents Pari Faraji, M.D., and Paria Zarrinnegar, M.D., met in English class on the first day of sixth grade in Tehran, Iran, but it wasn't until their junior high biology lab group that they became close friends, bonding over a shared love of biology and literature. Fast forward to the summer before their senior year of high school, when they spent months poring over a copy of Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy. Just starting to dream of becoming doctors, they didn't yet know that they would attend Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran together, making countless memories in the anatomy, pathology and microbiology labs, or that, years later, they would both be matched to the OHSU psychiatry residency program.

"We have always shared a passion to help patients with their emotional struggles. I remember discussing during rotations how many of our patients would benefit from mental health care," said Dr. Zarrinnegar.

zarrinnegar-82013After moving to the United States in 2009, both doctors volunteered at OHSU's Intercultural Psychiatric Program while preparing to participate in the residency match, a process often complicated for international graduates by language and exam requirements, among other things.

Dr. Faraji said the OHSU psychiatry program offers great clinical training, a diverse patient population, faculty expertise in both psychotherapy and research, and an environment that encourages residents to sharpen their skills. "All of this, coupled with my love for Portland, and the good friends I have found here, won me over," she said.

"I was so lucky that I had the support of my family, and my best friend, Pari, next to me every step of the way," said Dr. Zarrinnegar. "Matching at OHSU is the start to fulfilling the aspirations I have held for so long."

Pictured: (Top) Pari Faraji, M.D. and Paria Zarrinnegar, M.D. 



pope-82013A passion for medical education

OHSU internal medicine resident Bailey Pope, M.D., was born and raised on a small farm outside of Pleasant Hill, Ore. Prior to attending medical school at OHSU, she attended the University of Oregon where she earned dual degrees in Human Physiology and Psychology. As an undergraduate, she enjoyed volunteering at the Relief Nursery and HIV alliance as well as playing community soccer. While at OHSU she was active in creating a medical student leadership elective.

"I have wanted to be a physician since I was four years old; however it wasn't until I came to medical school that I found my love for internal medicine. I also found my passion for medical education," Dr. Pope said. "Education and the way in which students initially learn medicine is fascinating to me and one day I hope to help future physicians through this long and complex path."

Pictured: Bailey Pope, M.D.