Class of 2023 – Chief residents

Katelyn Klein, MD, RN

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
georgetown

UNDERGRAD:
GEORGETOWN

Angie Lim, MD, MPH

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
UCLA

UNDERGRAD:
UCLA

Adrianna Stanley, MD, MSc

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
dartmouth

UNDERGRAD:
HARVARD

She/her/hers

A native southern Californian, Katelyn spent a significant amount of her upbringing exploring the outdoors and playing soccer year-round. Curious to learn about the concept of winter, she moved east and attended Georgetown University where she earned her BS in Nursing and found her passion for advocacy in the nation’s capital. She spent the next few years working as an ICU nurse before moving to Philadelphia, where she completed a post-baccalaureate program and worked as an ER nurse. A couple months after getting married, she and her spouse decided the time was ripe to move to rural Malawi so they returned 90% of their wedding gifts, hoodwinked their friends into storing their remaining belongings, and spent a year working for an NGO combating childhood malnutrition. She returned to DC to attend medical school at Georgetown, where she continued her work with underserved and marginalized populations and later matched at UCLA for her Med-Peds residency.

Katelyn was drawn to UCLA because of the breadth of opportunities it provided for her to engage in research, be part of the Global Health Track, and find mentors to help her learn how to improve systems of care in resource-poor settings. She loves the variety of clinical training sites at UCLA, where Med-Peds residents rotate through large academic centers, County hospitals, the VA, and more. The love and support from her fellow residents and program leadership immediately made her feel part of the cozy Med-Peds family at UCLA. Katelyn is a NHSC scholar and plans to work for Indian Health Service or at a prison after completing residency.

In her free time, Katelyn enjoys running up hills, sampling her spouses’ excellent cooking, buying new houseplants, winning at Harry Potter trivia, and trying to teach her rambunctious rescue puppy new tricks.

She/her/hers

Angie was born and raised in South Korea until the age of 10 when she moved to Los Angeles, California. She is a quadruple Bruin! She studied molecular biology and Spanish during college, received an MPH in epidemiology from graduate school, and stayed at UCLA for medical school. During medical school, she heard about Med-Peds and fell in love with the specialty when she learned that Med-Peds doctors were able to treat patients of all ages. And, they can uniquely help patients with complex medical conditions (such as congenital heart diseases, CF, etc.) transition from pediatric to adult providers, which has become one of her clinical interests.

She is so excited to have been able to stay at UCLA because of her passion in giving back to the very community she grew up in. During her free time, she likes to go explore the many beautiful national parks on the west coast and introducing Korean food and desserts to her friends.

She/her/hers

A Northern California native, Adrianna grew up enjoying sunny days in the Bay Area. At 18, she traded sunshine for snow boots, attending Harvard for undergrad and majoring in History of Science with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. After this she attended Dartmouth for medical school, where she dedicated her time to serving on the Latino Medical Student Association NE executive board, further fueling her passions for health equity. In 2017, she took a brief detour to the United Kingdom, where she completed a masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. A decade after leaving the nest and exploring the world, Adrianna has returned to her home state of California, where she is absolutely loving her residency at UCLA.

She pursued the combined training of Med-Peds because she wanted to be trained to take of patients of all ages. She was also drawn to the unique perspective offered by the combined training working in the hospital and thinking outside of the box can make a difference in her patients’ lives. She chose UCLA because of the opportunities to work in global health, advocacy, and EDI during her residency. She additionally wanted to be able to give back to her Latino community and the diverse patient population within the city of Los Angeles. 

She has a specific interest in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and wants to pursue in a career in infectious diseases possibly through an ID fellowship or the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). She ultimately would like to make an impact on global health policy by working at the WHO or CDC.

She is the secretary of the National Med-Peds Resident Association Executive board, and works both locally and nationally to give Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) a stronger voice within the Med-Peds community. She is an active member of the global health pathway. She also loves mentoring undergrads and medical students.

She enjoys exploring LA’s food scene from food festivals to rooftop restaurants searching for the most instagrammable places and events!

 

Class of 2024

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Kristina Brown, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
YALE

UNDERGRAd:
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

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Julian Lejbman, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of pennsylvania

UNDERGRAD:
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURG

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Wilson Ricketts, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
university of alabama

UNDERGRAD:
COVENANT COLLEGE

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Nate VanderVeen, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
western michigan

UNDERGRAD:
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

She/her/hers

Kristina has lived in almost every corner of the country: She was born in Miami and grew up in Colorado where she developed a love for scenic trail-running. (Despite living near the Rocky Mountains for most of her life, she’s actually never been skiing!) For college, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Integrative Physiology.  

She then ventured across the country for medical school, bringing a long-standing passion for the humanities and advocacy to Yale School of Medicine. There, she thrived as a poet and community-builderand also published an op-ed about her personal experience as a family caregiver and the need for healthcare reform. This led her to testify in Congress for the rights of family caregivers and individuals with disabilities. 

She is thrilled to be a part of the Med-Peds community with the unique opportunity to care for and advocate for families and patients, both young and old. She chose UCLA for its warm community of residents and faculty, diverse patient population, and built-in advocacy curriculum. Ultimately, she aims to combine her advocacy with her clinical work and serve as a national advocate for caregivers and individuals with disabilities from every walk of life.  

She lives in Westwood and enjoys searching for the best sunset views, reading and writing poetry by the shoreline, and playing the ukulele with friends. 

Favorite TV show: This is Us 

He/him/his

Julian spent his formative years planning his escape from his hometown of Las Vegas. He left the neon lights behind for college at the University of Pittsburgh, then spent two years at the NIH studying prognostic biomarkers in traumatic brain injury. As a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, he developed a love for wielding systems and quality improvement techniques to improve health equity. He worked to improve access to primary care among pediatric patients experiencing homelessness, helped build a mental health resource network at a gender clinic for trans and gender non-conforming youth, and worked at Puentes de Salud, a clinic for undocumented Latinx immigrants in Philadelphia. He chose Med-Peds because he wanted the ability to care for these communities across the lifespan and across clinical settings.

He came to UCLA because of the diverse patient population, the opportunity to train at county and community hospitals in addition to typical academic centers, and the rich community of Med-Peds faculty and residents with diverse passion projects. He believes strongly in serving as a mentor for other first generation, Latinx, and LGBTQ trainees, as well as helping all trainees feel a sense of belonging and support in medicine.

Despite his desert upbringing, Julian has no tolerance for heat and is grateful every day for the West LA breeze. He has been enjoying bike rides along the beach, surfing with co-residents, and group boba breaks at work in the name of “team building”.

He/him/his

Wilson is from the small town of Columbiana, AL. He graduated from Covenant College outside of Chattanooga, TN, where he worked for a community health clinic serving the city’s immigrant population before moving back to Alabama for medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Between his MS3 and MS4 years, he spent a year at Duke Divinity School as a Theology, Medicine, and Culture fellow, allowing him to delve into questions about suffering, hope, bioethics, and moral formation in medicine.

He pursued Med-Peds because of his desire to be trained to think about the entire scope of his patients’ lives and stories. He chose UCLA because it is a world class program with world class people that are not just made up of colleagues but genuine friends! There is an incredibly strong Med-Peds division at UCLA and he was blown away by the kindness of the Med-Peds faculty and the interest they showed in him as a person and as a developing physician. He was also drawn to the extensive global health opportunities and the integrated advocacy training. 

He is interested in palliative care, global health (specifically forming long-term partnerships to develop self-sustaining medical education programs/healthcare infrastructure), refugee and immigrant healthcare, and primary care.

He loves traveling, good conversations, and dancing absurdly to loud music. Outside of work you’ll find him exploring local hiking trails, working on his rock climbing in the Malibu hills, enjoying the LA food scene, or sitting on his porch with a cup of tea, immersed in a good book.

 

He/him/his

Nate grew up in rural west Michigan (Allegan, MI) in a family of funeral directors, which provided his first glimpse of what it meant to provide care for those in need. He attended the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) to study Spanish and Biological Chemistry before pursuing research full time for several years with a team developing gene therapy based clinical trials for glioblastoma multiforme. He moved to Rio de Janeiro for a Fulbright scholarship and taught English at a university before returning for medical school near his home at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine.

He pursued Med-Peds for the comprehensive educational experience enabling him to care for all types of patients in a variety of settings. He also appreciates influence of a pediatrics training on his approach with adults, and vice versa. He chose UCLA for residency for the diversity in clinical sites, patient populations, and pathology. He has special interests in oncology therapeutics and survivorship clinics, hormone therapy for transgender patients, equitable healthcare for marginalized populations, and global health.

He loves living in LA and enjoys riding his bike to the ocean, playing tennis or going for a swim. Also, he loves exploring the diverse and endless food scene.

Class of 2025

De La Cerda, Amanda

Amanda De La Cerda, MD, MPH

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
UCLA

UNDERGRAd:
mount st. mary's university

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Amarachi Erondu, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of chicago

UNDERGRAd:
harvard college

hodson

Daniel Hodson, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
Yale

UNDERGRAD:
Swarthmore college

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Esther Kang, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
uc davis

UNDERGRAD:
new york university

malla

Akshara Malla MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
university of arizona

UNDERGRAD:
arizona state UNIVERSITY

She/her/hers

Amanda is a proud native of Sylmar, CA. After graduating from Mount Saint Mary’s University, she began working as a 7th-grade science teacher at Olive Vista Middle School in Sylmar. This transformative teaching experience motivated her to continue working with children and under-resourced populations. Always interested in medicine, she moved to the bay area to enroll as a post-baccalaureate student. While pursuing post-bac work, she used her skills as an educator in her role as the Co-Director of the Summer Science Institute at SFSU which worked to promote the entry of underrepresented minority students into the health professions.  Amanda is a graduate of the PRIME-LA program at UCLA, a program focusing on leadership and advocacy to address healthcare disparities in medically underserved populations in California. In addition to her MD degree, Amanda also has a Master’s in Public Policy. She plans to use this skill set to advocate for equitable health and social justice policies that impact the communities she is committed to serving.  

My path to Med-Peds was a bit tortuous, but I am so happy to be here! I love working with adolescents, so pediatrics was always high on my list. I realized that working with adolescents and young adults is very fulfilling, but I didn’t want the work to stop there. The capability to work with patients of all ages and the opportunity it creates for rapport and advocacy is unmatched. UCLA offers a true breadth of training experiences.  Whatever your interests, you can find someone working in these areas. I was particularly drawn to UCLA for the opportunity to continue working at Olive View. Also- LA is where it’s at! The culture, the food, the weather. What’s not to love? Health policy, working with justice-involved youth and unhoused folks, advocating for LGBTQ care and being a champion for gender-affirming care, EDI in academia.   

Amanda and her wife have 2 children, so in their spare time you can find them all at a local park, the zoo, or the beach. They are also big fans of the Natural History Museum and La Brea tar pits!  Amanda’s favorite TV show to binge is Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

She/her/hers

Amarachi grew up in Augusta, Georgia as the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. She attended Harvard College for undergrad where she studied Human Evolutionary Biology and African Studies. After graduating, she spent a year working at Boston Children’s Hospital doing quality improvement research. Not scared away by the cold, she ventured to Chicago to study medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. There, she developed a passion for increasing diversity in medicine by working with various pipeline programs. She also took a year off to get a master’s degree in biomedical informatics. During this time, she worked on various projects that aimed to use EHR data and machine learning to improve patient care. 

Amarachi chose Med-Peds because the specialty offers opportunities to care for patients of all ages in various clinical settings. She also loves that the specialty upholds the belief that the lessons learned and skills developed in one clinical setting can improve clinical practice in another. (It’s giving true QI vibes, and she digs it!)  She’s so excited to join the welcoming community at UCLA! She’s looking forward to learning from a diverse patient population and exploring the many research opportunities that the program has to offer.

Amarachi hopes to continue her work in informatics, namely to use EHR data to improve healthcare delivery and address disparities. She is also interested in adolescent health and transitioning adolescent patients with chronic conditions to adult care. She also hopes to participate in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives that focus on mentorship/pipeline programs for underrepresented minority high school and college students. 

Outside of the hospital, Amarachi loves bike riding, diving head-first into LA’s amazing food scene, and enjoying live music.

He/him/his

Daniel hails from Trumbull, Connecticut (a small state just northeast of California). He attended high school at Fairfield Prep in Connecticut and then undergrad at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. At Swarthmore, he promptly started down the medical path by majoring in psychology and minoring in theater, captaining the cross country and track teams, and serving as one of the inaugural Swarthmore Phoenix mascots. Daniel then joined the United States Peace Corps and spent three months in Niger before the program was evacuated. He was transferred directly to Senegal, where he spent over four years in the rural, southern region of Kolda helping to build a community garden, creating radio shows in Foulacounda for the local Peace Corps radio program. Most importantly, he worked in the support of local health districts in a broad range of malaria control activities and helped to deliver tens of thousands of malaria rapid diagnostic tests and first-line antimalarials to these under-resourced catchment areas. Returning to the states, Daniel completed the Bryn Mawr Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program (Pennsylvania again) and then returned to Connecticut for a year of clinical heart failure research at the Yale School of Medicine, where he remained for medical school. In medical school, Daniel conducted field epidemiological research into malaria infection in Douala, Cameroon and fell in love with bedside ultrasound.

Daniel’s broad clinical interests entering intern year include primary care, cardiology, infectious disease, and critical care. Beyond patient care, Daniel is passionate about delivering healthcare to underserved populations, building bi-directional global health collaborations, and implementing cutting-edge technology to transform bedside diagnosis and clinical medicine. He chose Med/Peds for the opportunity to provide continuous clinical care across the lifespan and for the broad clinical training applicable to global health contexts and public health. Daniel was drawn to UCLA for the energy of the program that was evident on interview day, for the emphasis on clinical competency, for the opportunity to work across several different types of hospitals, and for the diverse patient populations.

Daniel enjoys running, cycling, and swimming, practicing French and Foulacounda, and instigating fun shenanigans with friends. He enjoys watching highlights of New York Mets baseball, cycling, and soccer and recommends Lenox Hill on Netflix. Prior to Match Day, Daniel and his significant other Abigail had never been to Los Angeles. Here in the sun and warmth, they look forward to learning to surf, rebuilding/expanding their collection of fruit trees, and climbing nearby mountains.

They/them/theirs

Esther was born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Chicago, IL and Torrance, CA. Esther studied Neural Science at New York University and received their MD from UC Davis School of Medicine. 

Medicine is Esther’s second career. Prior to medical school, Esther spent seven years as a middle school science and health teacher in Oakland Unified School District. During that time, Esther helped to co-author the middle school edition of Healthy Oakland Teens, a district-wide LGBTQ+-inclusive and trauma-informed sexual health curriculum. In their free time, they worked as an HIV test counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic and organized with various queer Asian/Pacific Islander collectives as well as domestic violence advocacy programs. These passions ultimately led them to medicine, a path that held the possibility of blending their loves for teaching, direct care, and advocacy.  Esther’s work in medicine is in honor of their family, students, and community members. 

Esther chose Med-Peds so that they can be equipped to take care of all patients with medically and socially complex concerns. Esther felt that UCLA was the right place for this training because of their incredible, all-star people; the diversity of their clinical sites; and the strength of the categorical programs. Esther’s career interests include: pediatric-to-adult transition care, gender-affirming primary care, palliative care, academic medicine, and JEDI in medicine.

Esther is excited to return to Southern California, near their family, and is enjoying creating new memories of LA. Esther loves going on nature adventures with their superstar partner and their two chiweenie pups. Esther also loves game nights, intimate friend gatherings, and hunting for the best Asian shaved ice in LA. When they’re too exhausted for the above, they like binging reality cooking shows and wholesome Korean dramas. 

She/her/hers 

Akshara is from the sunny city of Phoenix, Arizona. Akshara loves to dance, watch Bollywood movies, and travel.  

For college, she attended Arizona State University, where she studied biomedical engineering. She decided to venture only 30 miles from home for medical school, where she attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. At UACOM-Phoenix, she continued to strengthen her passion for health policy and advocate for health equity especially for marginalized communities. During this time, she also received her Master’s in Public Health and was very involved with the American Medical Association and her state medical association.  

Akshara chose Med-Peds as she wanted to be able to expand and incorporate advocacy and public health interventions in both child and adult populations, with an emphasis on improving transitions of care. Her ultimate goal is to pursue these efforts while practicing clinically and to nationally advocate for her patients and community. She chose to come to UCLA because of its diverse patient population, strong curricular emphasis on advocacy, variety of county, academic, and community-based training sites, tight-knit Med-Peds family, and location (being close to home is a huge plus!). 

After moving to LA, Akshara has forgotten what real, true summers are like and now enjoys double-digit weather all year round. She has grown to love living in West LA and is on a journey to find the best food + coffee + boba. 

Class of 2026

Fahmy, Andrew

Andrew Fahmy, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
Florida atlantic University

UNDERGRAd:
FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Galiza, Jester

Jester Galiza, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
university of hawaii

UNDERGRAD:
dartmouth college

Halper, Katherine

Katherine Halper, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
usc

UNDERGRAD:
university of pennsylvania

Hosaka, Kalei

Kalei Hosaka, MD

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
university of hawaii

UNDERGRAD:
Wheaton college

He/him/his

Andrew was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt (about 15 miles away from the pyramids) and moved to Florida when he was 16 years old. He attended Florida Atlantic University for college where he majored in Biological Science and minored in Psychology. Andrew stayed close to home and stayed at FAU for medical school. At FAU, he continued to foster his passion for mentoring and teaching where he mentored undergraduate students pursuing Medicine and tutored high school and middle school students in low income families and helped run medical simulations for students interested in Medicine. He continued his journey west and is beyond excited to now be at UCLA!

He was first interested in Med-Peds when his IM attending in his third year of medical school told him that he fit the ‘Med-Peds personality type’. After more research, the opportunity to be able to care for all people and in multiple settings as well as the advocacy initiatives that are embedded in the Med-Peds culture was too good to pass on. He is interested in congenital cardiology, infectious disease, global health and medical education . Having dual training is something that Andrew thinks will help him in his future career. He is also very passionate about teaching and wants to incorporate that during his time in residency and future career.  Andrew chose UCLA for the outstanding categorical programs, the global health and advocacy initiatives and the culture of innovation and excellence that is very evident. The opportunity to rotate through multiple clinical sites and to care for the incredibly diverse population of the great city of Los Angeles is what makes UCLA Med-Peds so unique. Andrew can easily write another page on how incredible his co-interns, residents and leadership have been and he is very grateful to be here.

During his free time, Andrew likes to go to the beach with friends, play pick up soccer, and enjoy the roller coaster of emotions that is being an Arsenal fan (favorite English soccer team). He is also consistently trying (and mostly failing) to beat his co-intern Kalei at ping-pong and chess. Andrew also loves watching TV shows and can have a thirty minute conversation with anyone who is willing to listen on why he thinks The Office is the best sitcom ever made and why Ted Lasso is a very close second.

He/him/his

Jester is from ‘Ewa Beach, Hawai’i, which is on the island of ‘Oahu, and is a product of two Filipino immigrant rice farm workers. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he took a detour from pursuing a career in medicine when he discovered Teach For America (TFA) – Hawai’i, a program dedicated to social justice and educational equity. Through the program, he returned to his hometown, taught 10th grade math at his alma mater, and obtained a Master of Education. After teaching, he continued working for the program wearing multiple hats, from coaching new math teachers to facilitating sessions in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Eventually, he found his way back to medicine and attended the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i (along with his co-intern Kalei), where he leveraged his passions for education and DEI to bring legislative advocacy, activism, and community engagement to the forefront of his and his classmates’ medical school education. 

Jester found Med-Peds through his passion for primary care. It was important for him to be able to advocate and manage the care for his patients with a wide variety and complexity of problems encountered in all stages of life. He chose UCLA because of its strong commitment to DEI; diversity of its residents, leadership, and faculty; strong categorical medicine and pediatrics training; opportunities to serve across the spectrum of socioeconomic status; and its palpable culture of both academia and primary care. After residency, Jester aspires to be a primary care doctor in his home state of Hawai’i, serving disadvantaged populations and advocating for them through legislative advocacy and community engagement. During his time at UCLA, he hopes to get involved in Medical Education, QI, and JEDI/MEDI-PEDI. 

Jester enjoys going to plant nurseries and expanding his LA oasis; getting cozy at a coffee shop and reading for pleasure; going to the beach (which doesn’t compare to Hawai’i’s beaches, but they’ll suffice); playing beach volleyball; checking out the LA food scene; hanging out with his co-residents across Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and especially Med-Peds; and going to escape rooms with his co-interns Andrew, Kalei, and Kate. Jester struggles to commit to new TV shows, so he just binges on reruns of FRIENDS, which is the best show in existence.

She/her/hers

Kate grew up in San Francisco, California. She attended college at University of Pennsylvania and majored in Biology and English. She then returned to San Francisco to spend her gap year working as a medical assistant at the San Francisco Free Clinic, which provides primary care to exclusively uninsured patients. She remained on the west coast for medical school, attending University of Southern California, where she explored her interests of advocacy and health equity. 

Kate chose Med-Peds because she knew she had to care for both the pediatric and adult populations. She also realized her most important medical school role models were Med-Peds because they were able to apply skills from one specialty to the other to provide the most comprehensive, thoughtful care. She chose UCLA because of the variety of clinical sites and the outstanding people within the program, from residents to faculty to leadership. Kate’s career interests include advocacy, health equity, and transitions of care. 

Kate has spent the past 4 years in LA while in medical school and is so excited to have the opportunity to stay. She is making her way through all of LA’s must-eat restaurants and loves reading a good book on the beach.  

He/him/his

Kalei is from Kaneohe, Hawaii. He graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 2016 with a degree in Anthropology and a certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources. Between 2015 and 2017, Kalei spent twelve months in Delhi, India, volunteering in a community HIV clinic, learning Hindi, and working on ethnographic research on stigma and mental wellbeing. Kalei returned home to the University of Hawaii for medical school, where he became involved with migrant health advocacy, scholarly work in Native Hawaiian health, and primary care in resource-limited settings. After completing the fall semester of his 4th year of medical school, Kalei spent a year in Northern Tanzania (Duke University and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre collaboration site) conducting research as a VECD NIH Fogarty Global Health fellow and learning Swahili. Working with youth living with HIV, Kalei’s research focused on HIV stigma, peer education, theory-informed mental health interventions, and transition to adulthood for perinatally HIV-infected youth. During his final year of medical school, Kalei joined Columbia University’s Certification of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine.

Kalei chose Med-Peds for its broad and in-depth clinical training across the life spectrum that he feels is applicable to work in population health and global health. With his particular interests in HIV medicine and the clinical care of children and adults in underserved US and global contexts, Kalei sees Med-Peds as an excellent foundation for a lifelong career as a physician contributing to a more just world. While he loved many programs that he interviewed with, Kalei chose to rank UCLA #1 because he saw the program as a place where he could develop into the physician he wants to become—someone who is excellent clinically, social-justice minded, and compassionate! Kalei was drawn to UCLA’s emphasis on resident wellbeing, scholarly support and opportunities (including in global health), primary care advocacy, network of incredible Med-Peds residents and graduates, and its closer location to home (Hawaii).

Kalei’s clinical interests include HIV care, primary care in underserved settings, geriatrics, palliative care, and transitions of care. Outside of clinical work, Kalei’s career interests include public health, scholarly work in the social sciences and humanities, global HIV research, community-based advocacy, and collaborative global health initiatives. Kalei is also an aspiring physician-writer; his writing themes include global health equity, structural violence, the process of medical training, and finding meaning in illness and death. At UCLA, Kalei plans to be involved in mentored research and scholarly work, the global health pathway, the IM health equity & advocacy pathway, and narrative medicine programming.

In Los Angeles, Kalei enjoys playing volleyball (beach and indoor), basketball, and guitar (bass, acoustic, and electric). He also loves playing table tennis and chess with wonderful co-resident Andrew Fahmy! On days off, Kalei likes to go to church, hang out with Med-Peds co-interns/residents, find inexpensive restaurants, video chat with his family in Hawaii, and spend time with his spouse (Leah). Kalei does not have a tv binge, but you can find him “binging” the NBA playoffs every Spring (and other sports tournaments throughout the year).

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