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7/10/2014 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
Updated: 5/11/2016 10:10:36 PM PACIFIC
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Trios Health welcomes six new medical residents, three begin second year

Trios Health has welcomed six new medical residents—three in family medicine and three in internal medicine—to its programs beginning July 1, 2014. The organization launched the Tri-Cities area’s first medical residency programs in 2013. The three original residents, Drs. Maria Persianinova, Mihn-Triet Vo, and Shahla Walizada have started their second year of residency as PGY-2s (post graduate year 2).

The three new family medicine residents are: Dr. Eric Bai, Dr. Jazzlyn Gallardo, and Dr. Scott McDonald. The three new internal medicine residents are: Dr. Kirk Blais, Dr. Darell Kumar, and Dr. Jeffrey McDannel. (Biographies for each follow this news release.)

The three-year post-graduate residency programs in family and internal medicine are approved by the American Osteopathic Association, the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools and primary certifying body for osteopathic physicians.

Designed to provide recent medical school graduates with hands-on inpatient and outpatient experience as well as relevant continuing instruction, the programs include hospital and clinic rotations in addition to one-on-one training by local preceptors with Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Medicine degrees. Medical residents take patient appointments in the residency practice located within the Trios Urgent Care Center – Auburn, which will open July 15 in the former emergency department space at the original hospital. On that day at 7am, emergency services will transfer to Trios Southridge Hospital.

The residency programs are overseen by Dr. Heather Phipps, director of medical education for Trios Health and board-certified surgeon with Benton Franklin Orthopedic Associates in Kennewick. The family medicine residency program is directed by board certified Trios provider Sheila Dunlop, D.O. The internal medicine residency program is co-directed by Mahmoud Al-Hawamdeh, M.D. and Hani Murad, M.D.

Family Medicine Residents – First Year

Dr. Bai (PGY-1) graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Washington where he studied cellular molecular developmental biology. He has served as a research assistant at Harborview Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery in Seattle and as a clinical assistant at Hall Health Primary Care, also in Seattle.

Dr. Jazzlyn Gallardo (PGY-1) holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate studies at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California were in biological sciences. She is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians; the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American Academy of Family Physicians; and, the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Scott McDonald (PGY-1) is pending graduation (September) as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. He completed premedical studies at Georgetown University and the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in classical studies from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He has worked as a physical therapy aid, pharmacy technician, and medical office assistant and volunteered for Swedish Medical Center and Washington Cancer Institute.

Internal Medicine Residents – First Year

Dr. Kirk Blais (PGY-1) received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri in 2013. He holds three undergraduate degrees, two from the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado (pre-medicine and chemistry) and one from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington (theatre). He completed a doctor of osteopathic medicine internship at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Connecticut.

Dr. Darell Kumar (PGY-1) will graduate from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia in 2014. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative religion from the University of Washington in 2008. He has nearly a dozen years of relevant volunteer experience with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine; Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Street (Seattle); Seattle Children’s Hospital; Child Family Health International (India); Prosser Memorial Hospital; and, the University of Washington Medical Center.

Dr. Jeffrey McDannel (PGY-1) received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona in 2013. He completed an internship with Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, as a research assistant for a blood transfusion study. He also interned at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the Trauma Center, working alongside medical professionals to care for patients.


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