PLUS Trainee

 

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland PLUS Participants:

We are thrilled to have 3 residents from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland participating in PLUS. These residents complete their residency training through BCHO, and spend the PLUS focused weeks learning the PLUS curriculum. They participate in a community based project with Oakland based partners, and are mentored by BCHO Faculty Advisors Gena Lewis & Diane Halberg. We are thrilled to have 3 new residents from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland participating in PLUS. These residents complete their residency training through BCH Oakland and spend the PLUS focused weeks learning the PLUS curriculum.

Current Trainees: PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3, BCHO PHY-2BCHO PGY-3

PGY-1

Anna Ayala

Anna Ayala 

Hometown: Sacramento, CA 
Undergraduate: Willamette University 
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University 
Other Education/Training: N/A
PLUS Interests: Restorative justice, school-based health, structural competency, art in medicine, global and urban health 
Personal: All things music, learning about the world through food, my almost 10-year old Great Dane Mastiff, Durbin, exploring cities by foot, bike, and public transit.  

Earl Chism

Earl Chism 

Hometown: Elk Grove, CA 
Undergraduate: Yale 
Medical School: University of Illinois 
Other Education/Training: N/A
PLUS Interests: Improving URiM representation in healthcare, pathway programming, education and access, anti-racism 
Personal: All things food, movies, sports (especially basketball and football), and anything that makes me laugh 

Joseph Fung

Joseph Fong 

Hometown: Florence, CO; Naperville, IL 
Undergraduate: University of Rochester 
Medical School: University of Illinois 
Other Education/Training: N/A
PLUS Interests: Mental health, Housing insecurity, Food insecurity, Social determinants of health, School-based interventions 
Personal: Hiking, drawing, playing the drums, reading science fiction books and manga 

Vida Sandoval

Vida Sandoval 

Hometown: Sacramento, CA 
Undergraduate: University of CA, Davis 
Medical School: University of CA, Los Angeles 
Other Education/Training:  UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (MPH) 
PLUS Interests: Immigrant child health, Latinx health, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), childhood food insecurity, community engagement, advocacy, interventions to address health disparities 
Personal:  Being outdoors, hiking, camping, trying new restaurants, indoor cycling, spending time with family, dogs 

Isabel Sunshine

Isabel Sunshine 

Hometown: Pasadena, CA 
Undergraduate: Brown University 
Medical School: Keck, University of Southern CA 
Other Education/Training:   
PLUS Interests: Adolescent mental health for gender diverse youth, disparities in infant and maternal health outcomes, legislative advocacy 
Personal: reading historical fiction novels, running and hiking, movie theaters (read: eating popcorn), recipe testing  

 

PGY-2

Dina Abdo

Dina Abdo 

Hometown: Orange County, California 
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine 
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine 
Other Education/Training: N/A
PLUS Interests: Refugee/Immigrant health, Social determinants of health, School-based interventions, narrative medicine and advocacy  
Personal: I enjoy writing, playing sports, hiking, reading fiction, consuming lots of tea! 

Saba Ali

Saba Ali 

Hometown: Whittier, California 
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley 
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU/MCV) 
Other Education/Training: Columbia University 
PLUS Interests: Immigrant/Refugee Health, Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, Preventative Health, Health Policy 
Personal: Cooking, yoga, traveling, reading, swimming, live music 

Dominique Forestier

Dominique “Nicky” Forestier 

Hometown: Miami, FL  
Undergraduate: MIT  
Medical School: University of Florida 
PLUS Interests: Health disparities research, anti-racism education and action, LGBTQ+ health, adolescent medicine, and community building 
Personal: I love to play soccer, cook new recipes, and read. I also get excited about dogs, spoken word, and film festivals. 

Emily Tu

Emilee Tu 

Hometown: Blacksburg, VA 
Undergraduate: Princeton University 
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
PLUS Interests: gun violence prevention, narrative medicine, legislative advocacy, health policy, global health, coalition building, anti-racism work 
Personal: hiking, playing the piano, discovering new bakeries/restaurants/boba, rock climbing, bird watching, anything outdoors! 

Lawren Wooten

Lawren Wooten 

Hometown: Washington, DC 
Undergraduate: Cornell University College of Human Ecology (BS) 
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (MD) 
Other Education/Training: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (MS) 
PLUS Interests: Black American/African American health, Early childhood, mutual aid, Community activism 
Personal: I'm a semi-professional cellist with almost 3 decades of experience. I performed at the Sydney Opera House as a teenager. 

 

PGY-3

avila

David Avila

Hometown: Venice, CA 
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Medical School: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Other Education/Training: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Masters in Public Health (Health Policy)
Interests: Health policy, childhood obesity prevention, nutrition, immigrant health, childhood education, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), preventing child abuse and neglect
Personal: Cooking, road biking, basketball, traveling (culinary travel)

bucayu

Robert "Robi" Bucayu

Hometown: Santa Maria, CA
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Other Education/Training: University of California, Los Angeles: Masters in Public Health
Interests: LGBTQ+ health care, underserved communities (including Filipino and Latinx), program design and evaluation, medical education
Personal: singing, karaoke, running, wine and cheese

franco

Mauricio Franco

Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Undergraduate: University of California Los Angeles
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Other Education/Training: Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science: Postbacc. University of Southern California: Master of Science in Global Medicine
Interests: Queer and Immigrant child/youth health; Narrative Medicine; Anti-oppression and Anti-racism initiatives; Mentorship and community engagement
Personal: I have 17yo dog named Gizmo, love to garden with my husband, and a favorite past time of mine is to make foods that remind me of home- its how I connect to my ancestors. Looking forward to exploring new parks and hiking trails in SF.

gautam

Amber Gautam

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: East Carolina University
Other Education/Training: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Masters in Public Health
Interests: Health policy, coalition-building
Personal: I love live music and recently got Scuba certified!

griffiths

Ursula Griffiths-Randolph

Hometown: Rockville, MD
Undergraduate: Tufts University
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Other Education/Training: The George Washington University: Masters in Public Health
Interests: Black maternal and child health, global health, health communications, social determinants of health, health disparities (especially per birth outcomes), mentorship and pipeline programming for URM students and trainees
Personal: I love singing, music, theatre, design, personal styling, reading, food (eating and preparing), mentoring, and my extra extra large family.

 

BCHO PGY-2

Daniel Park

Daniel Park 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 
Undergraduate: University of CA, Los Angeles 
Medical School: Rush Medical College  
Other Education/Training:   
PLUS Interests: Health equity with some budding interest in civic engagement 
Personal: Camping, hiking, and listening to new music 

Teresa Skelly

Teresa Skelly 

Undergraduate: Harvard 
Medical School: Rowan University 
Other Education/Training:   
PLUS Interests: School-based health, adolescent health, mental health, health policy, ACEs, early relational health 
Personal: Hiking, baking bread, exploring the bay 

 

BCHO PGY-3

Alicia Callejo-Black

Alicia Callejo-Black 

Hometown: San Francisco
Undergraduate: Lewis & Clark College 
Medical school: UC San Diego School of Medicine 
Other Education/Training: Post-bacc at Portland State University 
Interests: Social determinants of health, health equity, integration of mental health into the primary care setting 
Personal: Backpacking, camping, skiing, beach volleyball, exploring the local food

Nassim Durali

Nassim Durali 

Hometown: San Diego 
Undergraduate: UC San Diego 
Medical school: UC San Diego School of Medicine 
Other Education/Training: N/A
Interests: School-based health initiatives, maternal and adolescent mental health, comprehensive care in immigrant and refugee populations, and exploring interventions to improve health literacy in patients with chronic illness and their families. 
Personal: Baking, Hiking 

Caitlin Jaxkson

Caitlin Jackson 

Hometown: Turlock, CA
Undergraduate: Saint Mary's College of CA 
Medical school: Michigan State University 
Other Education/Training: Keck Graduate Institute (Post-Baccalaureate program in biomedical science) 
Interests: adolescent mental health, early childhood education, nutrition, cultural humility, fighting systemic racism 
Personal: cooking, walking my dog around Lake Merritt, reading, traveling, watching reality TV