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PGY2

HOON CHANG, MD, MS

Georgetown University

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

I fell in love with Kaiser Permanente and its patient-centered medical home model during my M3 clerkship. The system is set up so that both patients and providers can build meaningful relationships while minimizing time navigating through complex medical systems.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

I find joy in helping out others and building relationships. Practicing medicine will let me do both.

Fun fact about you

I love to binge-watch YouTube videos (a guilty pleasure), especially the short clips of Korean TV shows.

How you thrive

I decompress by spending time with my family and friends. I love to play my guitar and learn cool new songs. Most importantly, spending time with God gives me the strengths to tackle daily activities.

RACHEL CHANG, MD, MBA, MPH

National Yang-Ming University (Taiwan), Johns Hopkins University

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

I am excited to join the first cohort of the KPMAS residency program because it feels like joining a fast-growing startup on a mission!

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

I love to listen to people's stories and find the best resources to further their health.

Fun fact about you

I am passionate and enthusiastic about boba tea, which was invented in my home country of Taiwan. I have worked as a tea barista before!

How you thrive

I love spending time with family and friends, exploring local restaurants, doing yoga, and learning something new from online classes. I am also looking to adopt an animal, or maybe start from fostering some puppies! ​

SYED KHALID, MD

Chicago Medical School

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

Few programs in the country offer the opportunity to take care of patients in a clinically innovative environment, and even fewer allow you to take part in that innovation and experience how that changes patient's lives. KPMAS is one of these rare training programs.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

I love everything about providing patient care—the privilege to take care of patients is second to none. In doing so, we have the opportunity to not only develop a broad-based fund of knowledge to diagnose and treat complex medical conditions but to approach solutions to the larger inefficiencies in medicine and innovations in diagnosis and treatment.

Fun fact about you

I am new to Peloton and love it, ride with me: SyedK!

How you thrive

I'm a foodie and avid traveler. I love experiencing new cultures and places, and eating my way through cities.

I love inventing, creating, and building things that make a difference in patient's lives. Getting to work with and learn from extremely talented people in different fields is a huge plus in doing so.

SUSHMITA MALIK, MD ​

George Washington University

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

I admire the mission statement of the program to train highly competent and compassionate physicians to deliver high-quality care, and am looking forward to becoming this clinician in the community I grew up in.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

Being able to serve diverse patients and realizing that medicine is more than just treating a disease, it is about approaching patient care with a holistic perspective by considering patients’ social needs, ethnicities, and cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Fun fact about you

I studied abroad for a year in Berlin, Germany when I was 16 years old during high school without knowing the language!

How you thrive

Working in a supportive and collaborative environment while continuously challenging myself to grow and always trying to explore new things.

Inna Sverdlova, MD

Ural State Medical University

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

I applied to KPMAS because of the great resources available at this program. The smaller class size also means we get plenty of one on one attention and more opportunities to do procedures.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

Understanding people’s medical pathologies and helping bridge the gap between doctor and patient.

Fun fact about you

Im a hands on person and like preparing a new dish or a painting pictures. As I recently moved to a new place, I love building furniture for my new place!

How you thrive

I decompress by spending time with my loved ones. I like dancing bachata, salsa and playing table tennis during my free time.

DANIEL TADEO, MD

Georgetown University

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

Kaiser Permanente is a proven innovator in both health care, education, and professional development, and I genuinely believe KPMAS will provide the opportunity to learn and practice medicine the way we all imagined before we ever started medical school.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

There are very few careers where all the time and effort you invest can positively impact a person’s life and potentially help to improve society as a whole – practicing medicine is breathtaking.

Fun fact about you

I love trying to replicate or tweak recipes (from family/friends, TV/online videos, restaurants, etc.) … basically, I’m a secret recipe hacker.

How you thrive

Lots of FaceTime with family, YouTube videos to learn new things, and outings with friends testing new restaurants and cuisines (the DC-area is perfect for this).

CRYSTAL XUE, MD

George Washington University

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

I have a strong interest in outpatient internal medicine, particularly at the intersection of public health and primary care. The dedicated faculty and supportive system of KPMAS form a great place for me to pursue my interests and become a well-rounded physician, while learning about the inner workings of a system that has been highly successful in emphasizing preventive care.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

I am passionate about longitudinal patient care and patient education, and love being able to contribute to health literacy on both the individual and systemic levels.

Fun fact about you

Calligraphy is one of my pastimes; I enjoy using it to personalize items, and sporadically apply it to larger projects.

How you thrive

To decompress, I love to play and listen to music! Classical, jazz, and rock are among my most listened-to genres. Outside of work, I prioritize staying up to date with my family and friends, and can otherwise be found buried in a good book, nonfiction currently preferred.

PGY1

Jason Chavez, MD

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

I applied to KPMAS because of the way they practice medicine. I was trained to “treat the whole person” and Kaiser fully embodies this idea with its integrative model of practicing medicine while emphasizing the importance of social determinants of health. The direct interaction with faculty and subspecialists in the clinical setting makes for an environment that fosters learning and creativity.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

There is nothing more valuable in medicine than getting to know your patients on a personal level. The amount of trust that you carry and the reassurance you provide with every visit is what sets medicine apart from other careers.

Fun fact about you

It was not a phase. I still listen to the same type of music I listened to back in high school and college. Pull out my headphones and you are guaranteed to hear something from the early 2000’s.

How you thrive

Being local affords me the luxury of spending time with my family, spoiling my grandmother and decompressing after a long day of work. My congregation has been a huge part of my upbringing and I still connect with them regularly. I love playing guitar and learning new songs too!

Shanshan Gustafson, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

Kaiser Permanente’s medical care model provides a fruitful environment for developing as a physician. I am thrilled to be a part of the KPMAS residency family.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

Practicing medicine provides the opportunity to positively impact the lives of patients and their families. ​ Practicing passionately means delivering on that opportunity.

Fun fact about you

My husband and I forage mushrooms each spring. This year, we got lucky with a large haul of morels!

How you thrive

I love live music, making dumplings, propagating succulents, and losing at Mario Kart!

Katrina Hsieh, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

I chose to apply to KPMAS because of the individualized approach to education and the enthusiasm of the faculty.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

Knowing that each patient interaction is meaningful. It is rewarding to be in a rapidly changing field where I am challenged to think critically and expand my knowledge every day for the sake of my patients.

Fun fact about you

From board games to ping pong, to Mario Kart and bowling, I am always down for some friendly competition.

How you thrive

Chatting with friends and family over a cup of tea, trying out new restaurants, and winding down with a good book.

Miranda Hunter, MD

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

I chose to apply to KPMAS for its emphasis on education and quality of care, as well as its balance between inpatient and outpatient training.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

I am passionate about building long term relationships with my patients. I enjoy partnering with my patients to make small changes over time, towards better health.

Fun fact about you

I figure skated for over a decade before finding an even stronger interest in Irish Dance, which I participated in through college!

How you thrive

I thrive by constantly learning and creating, spending time with friends and family, and being part of a fun and supportive residency team.

Amitosh Singh, MD

Wayne State University School of Medicine Class of 2021

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

I wanted to be a part of a program that values resident feedback and actively uses it to evolve and improve the program. On top of that, I wanted a program that emphasizes close personal attention and is dedicated to teaching its residents. KPMAS gives me both of those things and more! I also have the opportunity to learn directly from specialists on a regular basis, which helps me stay up to date on the newest medical guidelines for our patients.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

Medicine is the only field where I get a true sense of fulfillment while helping other people. It is a real privilege to get to care and support people in what may be their most vulnerable moment. I also value making connections with patients and getting to make a positive impact in someone’s day.

Fun fact about you

I got into cooking from watching Masterchef with my sister-in-law and started cooking in med school for my friends. I'm a big fan of Chef John from Foodwishes and have a good number of his recipes down in my back pocket.

How you thrive

I thrive by spending time with people and pets. I try to make time for my friends whenever I can try to plan time to watch movies or play games with my friends from college and medical school. Talking to my loved ones every day, either by phone or video call, also gives me the energy to be the best version of myself for my patients.

Martin Zhu, MD

Xi’an Jiaotong University; University of Rochester

Why you chose to apply to KPMAS

It is a privilege to be trained in an organization that has been continuously changing the American healthcare for the better. I am also excited by the close coordination among all providers that closely resembles a multidisciplinary team in my research experience, which I knew is essential to both efficiency and quality.

What makes you passionate about practicing medicine

My passion comes from the intellectual stimulation of medical science, and from knowing that by practicing medicine, I can make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Fun fact about you

I like trying coffee and tea from a diverse range of origins and had great times with friends over a cup tea or coffee.

How you thrive

Mozart, cooking, spending a day in museums, and Hitchcock movies. My wife and I also enjoy time with our baby boy Charles. We found the DC-area is perfect for young families.

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