Medicine: Chief Residents by the Half Dozen

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) was particularly well represented at this year’s meeting of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine in Las Vegas.

Half a dozen JABSOM grads from the Class of 2008 bumped into each other at a session for Internal Medicine MDs who have been selected to serve as Chief Residents at their respective medical centers.

“I’m particularly excited about being Chief Resident,” said Dr. Kristi Lopez, who will lead about 70 of her fellow internal medicine trainees at The Kuakini Medical Center. “One of the most challenging things about residency is finding a balance between learning, service, and personal life,” Lopez explained. “As a chief, I would hope to help the residents find a balance and avoid burnout.”

It’s quite a feat for all six classmates to become chief residents, according to Dr. Erlaine Bello, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. “The large number of chief medical residents in Internal Medicine from the JABSOM Class of 2008 is testament to the academic excellence, teaching and leadership skills of this class,“ said Bello.

In her role at Kuakini, Dr. Lopez plans to incorporate interactive games to keep residents’ spirits up and interest peaked. Among them: “’Ohana Opposition”, which Lopez says is her own version of “Family Feud.”

Congratulations to our “Splendid Six” Chief Residents: Christine Palermo, serving at Virginia Mason in Seattle; Dr. Kristi Lopez, performing her residency through the Hawai’i Residency Program; Dr. Marc Kaneshiro, leading the pack at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles; Dr. Kelsey Shikuma, steering residents at the University of Southern California; Dr. Priscilla Yee, shepherding those at California Pacific in San Francisco; and Dr. Gina Fujikami piloting the team at Santa Clara Valley in Santa Clara, California.

Our Splendid Six: (Pictured, L-R) MDs Christine Palermo, Virginia Mason, Kristi Lopes, Marc Kaneshiro, Kelsey Shikuma, Priscilla Yee and Gina Fujikami.

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