Kennewick, Wash. – Trios Health announced that two of its residents have been appointed to serve as chief residents for the hospital system’s family and internal medicine residency programs. Dr. Andrew Sou was chosen as chief resident for the internal medicine program; Dr. Jessica Togiai was selected for family medicine. The physicians were selected by their program directors and will serve as chiefs for one year, beginning in July 2018.
Chief residents provide leadership within a medical residency program by teaching, facilitating conferences, supervising, scheduling, implementing policy, mediating, and serve as role models for other residents.
“Drs. Sou and Togiai will be excellent as chief residents for their residency programs, said Dr. Heather Phipps, director of Medical Education. “They have both been a wonderful addition to our programs and will excel in serving as teachers, role models, and colleagues to our residents.”
Dr. Sou will begin his third year of residency in July. He graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. He received an undergraduate degree from University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California, including an international exchange program in advanced medical microbiology and virology at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Sou has served as an undergraduate researcher at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and at University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California, and coordinated clinical Type 2 diabetes drug trials at the Southern California Endocrine Center in Pasadena, California.
Dr. Togiai will also become a third-year resident in July. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed undergraduate studies at University of Montana in social work, with minors in biology and gerontology. She has served as a per diem social worker at Trios Health, then called Kennewick General Hospital, and in several roles within Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Medicine including as a student government officer for four academic years—class president during the last two—and as a tutor for first year medical students.