Adegbemisola “Gbemi” Daniyan, MD Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Family Medicine, Fontana
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Other: Having grown up in an developing country, I was exposed to the challenges that can occur with limited access to proper healthcare. However, I also observed how many, like my father, would use the resources that were available to provide the best care they could. I am grateful to now live in a country with abundant resources. As I have progressed through my medical education journey, I have come to realize that all that live here may not have equal opportunity to access these resources. Throughout my year as a community medicine fellow, I hope to learn more about the challenges of providing care to patients with limited access to healthcare. I look forward to not only growing as a clinician during this year but also learning ways in which I can make an impact in the community in which I live, one patient at a time.
Jason Gilbert, DO Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Internal Medicine, Los Angeles
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Other: Over the years, my passion for medicine, and approach to medical care, has been shaped by a number of local and international community service experiences. Whether it be my time as a health educator in South Africa, or as an AmeriCorps intern in the homeless neighborhoods of San Francisco, I have always had a strong passion for community medicine. This commitment continued during my medical school training where I worked to develop health education programs for low-income communities in Pomona, CA, and piloted an HIV outreach program for a small NGO in Moshi, Tanzania. Moving forward, I believe the community medicine fellowship will strengthen my primary care skills and prepare me for a diversity of clinical and academic roles. I am excited for the opportunity to help shape and improve our health care system at both an individual and community level.
Peifen (Sophia) Hu, MD Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Family Medicine, San Diego
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente San Diego
Other: I love puzzles. As a child, I loved the act of discovering how each little cardboard cutout fits into one beautiful image. Through education, I learned about the intricacies of the human mind and body; how each organ system fits together to become a unique individual. But the biggest puzzle that I have yet to grasp is the inexplicable ties that bring people together: the community. Individuals exist as integral pieces of one community, forming relationships and interactions that are ultimately irreplaceable. More importantly, in order to have a lasting positive impact on a person, one must understand the community he or she lives in. Before medicine, I joined Teach for America as a high school science teacher in Hawai'i to learn about the barriers to obtaining quality education for low income families. In medical school, I volunteered and helped organize a student-run free clinic in the Philadelphia Chinatown, where I discovered just how much of a deterrent language can be to seeking medical care. During residency, I participated in various global health mission trips to gain understanding of the culture and provide care for patients in low resource settings. I am honored to be a part of the Community Medicine Fellowship this year, and I hope to continue piecing together the knowledge needed to provide high quality patient-centered care to my neighbors.
Elizabeth Kuilanoff, MD, MPH Medical School: University of California, Davis,
Pediatrics, Los Angeles
Residency Training: University of California, Los Angeles
Other: As a second year fellow, the Community Medicine Fellowship is helping me become the most effective pediatrician for my patients, my families and my community. Through my work in underserved clinics and various community projects, I am working to prevent and treat disease on an individual level while also applying my experience to larger scale public health programs and interventions. I am training to look beyond the disease process and focus on the upstream factors and social determinants that strongly influence children's health. I am also educating future physicians about the intersection of clinical medicine and public health while improving the way we train medical students. Children suffer from unique disease processes that have the potential to affect their long term morbidity and mortality. This life-course perspective of health is what I find most interesting about pediatrics. A concerned and well-trained pediatrician can prevent much pathology and that is exactly the type of physician I continually strive to be.
Duy Duc Nguyen, DO Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Family Medicine, Orange County
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Orange County
Other: I immigrated to the United States from Viet Nam at age 5, and was fortunate to have insurance through Medicaid. My parents and older siblings, however, struggled with being uninsured. I remember that first health policy class I took as part of my Public Health Minor at UCLA was the moment I felt a strong desire to become a family doctor to prevent disease, instead of treating it. But this dream, as I have come to realize in residency serving the underserved, is hard-fought and at times seemingly impossible. This fellowship is my golden opportunity to realize this dream a bit further, to tackle those challenges head-on. I hope to integrate more into my clinical practice public health, a field that understands a patient’s well-being is not dictated by the confines of 15 minute doctor’s appointment, but more so by the physical and psychological environments they return to after leaving the clinic. I am a believer that we will eventually achieve the health care system that each one of us deserves.
Kellie A. Toporczyk Tafet, MD Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Family Medicine, Woodland Hills
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills
Other: Since the start of my medical career I’ve wanted to be a family medicine doctor. I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and returned to the The City of Good Neighbors for medical school. Buffalo is not just the birthplace of Buffalo Wings—it’s an incredibly demographically and economically diverse city. My childhood and subsequent medical school training allowed me the opportunity to interact and care for these diverse communities; these experiences sparked my interest in caring for vulnerable and underserved patients. My residency at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills taught me how to be resourceful, and how to treat patients using evidence based medicine. During this fellowship I will strive to push my training beyond learning about taking care of patients, and learn to care for a community as a whole. I have no doubt this year will present a multitude of new and exciting challenges, but I will face them head on and with a smile.
Andrea Yanez, MD Medical School: University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Family Medicine, Los Angeles
Residency Training: Long Beach Memorial
Other: My passion for community medicine began as an undergraduate volunteer at Clínica Tepati, a student-run clinic with a goal to provide free, quality, and culturally sensitive care to the underserved and uninsured Latino community in Sacramento, CA. I was inspired by the dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteers, medical students, and physicians, witnessing first hand the significant impact you could make in the health of patients who previously had not felt seen, heard, or understood by the health care system. As a medical student at UC Davis and a Family Medicine resident at Long Beach Memorial, I continued to thrive in experiences which connected me to the community, learning the challenges we as health care providers face, not only to treat the individual, but the importance of focusing on the health and wellbeing of the community as well. My interests include adolescent medicine, women's health and mental health, all which I look forward to cultivating further over this next year as a Community Medicine Fellow. In collaboration with our community partners, I hope to continue to develop the skills necessary to provide the best care for the diverse and ever-changing landscape of the underserved, and create a program which produces lasting change in the health of our local Los Angeles community.