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7/13/2015 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
Updated: 5/16/2016 12:10:24 PM PACIFIC
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Trios Health welcomes third class of resident physicians, achieves high residency program marks

Trios Health has welcomed six more new medical residents—three in family medicine and three in internal medicine—to its programs beginning July 1, 2015. The organization launched the Tri-Cities area's first medical residency programs in 2013. The program now has 15 residents, including three who have started their final year of residency.

The three new family medicine residents are: Drs. Alwin Borgmann, Joshua Chong, and Whitney Fix-Lanes. The three new internal medicine residents are: Drs. Robert Cordero, Christine Kha, and Ivan Reyes-Rufo. (Biographies for each follow this news release.)

The Trios Health residency programs were recently reviewed by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools and primary certifying body for osteopathic physicians. The programs received an institutional review score of 98%, which is considered high for a relatively new program. The review by the AOA included a two-day inspection of curriculum, resources, training, faculty, and facilities.

Drs. Eric Bai, Kirk Blais, Jazzlyn Gallardo, Darell Kumar, Jeffrey McDannel, and Scott McDonald have started their second year of residency as PGY-2s (post graduate year 2). Drs. Maria Persianinova, Minh-Triet Vo, and Shahla Walizada are now in their third and final year of residency (PGY-3).

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 see patients in the residency practice located within the Trios Urgent Care Center – Auburn, the former emergency department space at the original hospital, which was recently remodeled to support the outpatient services.

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, DO. The internal medicine residency program is directed by Hani Murad, MD.