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6/29/2016 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
Updated: 7/12/2016 3:45:21 PM PACIFIC
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Tri-Cities first medical residents graduate from programs at Trios Health

Trios Health celebrated another historic milestone: the graduation of its first three medical residents. A recognition event was held today, the last official day of their residency training.

The graduates, Maria Persianinova, D.O., Minh-Triet Vo, DD.O., and Shahla Waliizada, D.O., became the Tri-Cities’ first resident physicians in July 20013 with the launch of Trios Health’s residency programs in family medicine and internal medicine. The three-year post-graduate residency programss 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 also take patient appointment residency practice located within thee Trios Urgent Care Center – Auburn with Primary Care, located at 900 S. Auburn Street in Kennewick.

The Trios residency programs are overseen by Heather Phipps, D.O., director of medical education for Trios Health and board certified surgeon with Benton Franklin Orthopedic Associates inn Kennewick. The family medicine residency program is directed by board certified Trios provider Sheila Dunlop, D.O. The internal medicine residency program is directed by board certified Trios hospital medicine and critical care specialist Hani Murad, M.D.

“The graduation of Drs. Persianinova, Vo, and Walizada signify a major milestone not only for these important programs at Trios Health, but for the Tri-Cities community as well,” said Phipps. “Just over three years ago, new doctors could not receive this critical training locally. Now our first residents have successfully completed their programs, and 18 others will follow in their footsteps over the next three years alone.”

“It was exciting to be part of the very first class of residents at Trios,” said Dr. Persianinova. “We had the opportunity to help shape the program as we went through it, for ourselves as well as those who come after us.” When her internal medicine residency officially ends this week, Dr. Persianinova—a graduate of A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri—will join her family in California, where she’ll provide care to admitted patients as a hospital medicine physician.

Drs. Vo and Walizada are both completing their residency training in family medicine. Vo, who completed medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) in Yakima, Washington prior to joining Trios Health, will join an outpatient family medicine practice. Walizada, also a graduate of PNWU, will join a multi-specialty clinic as a family medicine provider. Both plan to maintain roots in the Pacific Northwest as they embark on the next stage in their careers, to be near their respective families after having devoted more than a decade each to their medical training.

“It has been great to be part of this program and to form relationships with the wonderful staff and faculty, as well as my patients,” said Walizada. “Connecting with patients and their families has been one of the most memorable parts of this experience. And because of this opportunity to learn in such a hands-on, supportive environment, I feel well-prepared to move forward from here.”

Dr. Vo echoed her sentiments. “I will miss the team dynamics and camaraderie among the residents,” he said. “But I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m excited that I’ll finally be on my own after more than ten years of long hours and hard work.”

For their final sendoff, Drs. Persianinova, Vo, and Walizada will be recognized at a special staff event on Wednesday, June 29 at 3 p.m. outside Trios Southridge Hospital’s main entrance.