University of Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program

Current Resident Participates in American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session & Expo

Current first year resident Pattara Rattanawong, MD presented 3 posters at the annual ACC conference, this year held in Washington DC from March 17 to March 19. Dr. Rattanawong collaborated with physicians around the world to produce his three research topics, which were titled: Worldwide Prevalence of Brugada Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis; Association Between Atrial fibrillation and Sudden Cardiac Death: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis; and Pulse Pressure as a Predictor of Renal Function Progression Over 3-Year Follow-up in African American Population.

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 Photos courtesy of Pattara Rattanawong

From left to right: E. Chung, MD, P. Rattanawong, MD; J. Golsa, MD, K. Meemook, MD, P. Rattanawong, MD, R. Simpson, MD; A. Lekhakul, MD, P. Pachariyanon, MD, P. Rattanawong, MD, T. Anauwattanasuk, MD


 2018-2019 Chief Medical Residents

Earlier this year, Program Director Dr. Ikeda announced the Chief Medical Residents for the 2018-2019 academic year. Congratulations to our new Rising Chiefs.

18 19 Rising Chiefs

Photo courtesy of Nishal Brahmbhatt

From left to right:
Marissa Isaki, MD
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
John Raymond Go, MD
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Jennifer Nishioka, MD
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine



2017 Papakōlea 'Ohana Health Fair

UHIMRP Residents volunteered with Queen Emma Clinics (QEC) at the 2017 Papakōlea ‘Ohana Health Fair. The annual Health Fair serves the Papakōlea community which is primarily of Native Hawaiian descent. QEC staff and their families provide blood pressure screenings, educational information, and health counseling to attendees. This year was another successful event serving more than 60 Papakōlea community members.

Residents who volunteered their time were Loni Belyea (R3), Bas Klomji (R2), Ivy Melgarejo (R2), Mai Riangwiwat (R2), Faye Tachibana (R3), and Brandon Takase (R3).

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Photos courtesy of John Misailidis

Clockwise from top left: Loni Belyea, MD, Bas Klomjit, MD; Mai Riangwiwat, MD, Ivy Melgarejo, MD; QEC Attending Brad Chun, MD and current CMR Michael Tom, MD; QEC Attendings and UHIMRP Graduates: Travis Watai, MD and Tui Lauilefue, MD


Congratulations to our ACP Hawaii Chapter Award Winners

ACP Award Winners

Photo courtesy of Nani Morgan

Award winners: Nishal Brahmbhatt, MD, Nobuhiro Ariyoshi, MD, and Takeo Fujii, MD


Resident Research 1st Place
Nobuhiro Ariyoshi (R3)
Wanted and Unwanted Care: The Double Edged Sword of Partial Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
Resident Research 2nd Place
Takeo Fujii (R1)
The Incidence of Immune-Related Adverse Events in Cancer Treatment: A Meta-Analysis
Resident Research 3rd Place
Nishal Brahmbhatt (CMR)
Evaluating the Effect of a Curriculum on Overall Resident Well-Being and Burnout


 Residents Present at ACP Hawaii Chapter

Several UHIMRP residents were selected for both poster and podium presentations at the Hawaii Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians on February 25, 2017 in Honolulu. Congratulations to all the participants!

Nobuhiro Ariyoshi (R3), M. Nogi, D. Sakai, E. Hiraoka, D. Fischberg
Wanted and Unwanted Care: The Double Edged Sword of Partial Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
Nishal Brahmbhatt (CMR), Nani Morgan (CMR), Michael Tom (CMR), K. Masaki, R. Ikeda
Evaluating the Effect of a Curriculum on Overall Resident Well-Being and Burnout
Takeo Fujii (R1), K. Miyamoto, Janina Sy (R1), R. Ikeda, D. Bolger
The Incidence of Immune-Related Adverse Events in Cancer Treatment: A Meta-Analysis
Zao Zhang (R2), Nobuhiro Ariyoshi (R3), Lorrance Majewski (R3), H. Chung, J. Dworkin, G. Devendra
Predictors for Antimicrobial De-escalation Among Hospitalized Patients with Culture-Positive Pneumonia
Nobuhiro Ariyoshi (R3), Ivy Melgarejo (R2), G. Devendra
Clinical Prediction Rule for Drug-Resistant Organisms in Hospitalized Patients with Pneumonia
Lauren Hu (R1), Jaclyn Kagihara (R1), Thomas Aldan (R3), D. Bolger
Recurrent Hematuria: An Interesting Presentation of Disseminated Tuberculosis with Genitourinary and Musculoskeletal Involvement
Dayna Lucuab-Fegurgur (R3), J. Roberts
Malignancy Masquerading as Henoch Schonlein Purpura with Ascites
Ivy Melgarejo (R2), Therese Posas-Mendoza (R3), Michael Mendoza (R1), M.C. Santos
Severe Rhabdomyolysis from Red Yeast Rice
Michael Mendoza (R1), Therese Posas-Mendoza (R3), Ivy Melgarejo (R2), E. Ganitano, A. Santos-Ocampo
Clinical Deception: Atypical Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES) in SLE
Therese Posas-Mendoza (R3), K. Okajima, D. Tran, R. Hong
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cardiac Compression by a Large Fibrotic Intrapericardial Mass: A Case Report
Tomoki Sempokuya (R1), C. Lum, M. Veillet-Chowdhury, K. Rivera
Case Report of Recurrent Chest Pain in a Congenitally Absent Pericardium
Zao Zhang (R2), M. Viray, E. Bello
Measles with Atypical Presentation in a Vaccinated Woman
Zao Zhang (R2), R. Hayashi, H. Rennke
Membranous Nephropathy Associated with Duodenal Schwannoma


 Residents Visit the Honolulu Museum of Art 

SAS Museum Trip

Photo courtesy of Nani Morgan, MD

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Internal Medicine and Transitional Year Residents had the opportunity to visit the Honolulu Museum of Art to compare impressions of different patient situations and compare management techniques. Residents were led by physician docents in discussions of impressions of people and social situations as depicted in art with the intent of improving patient observation and management skills. The special Scholarly Activities Session at the museum was part of the Chief Wellness Series being implemented by current UHIMRP Chief Medical Residents. 


2016 Fellowship Match Results

Congratulations to our Level 3 residents and Program graduates who will be continuing their training at sub-specialty fellowship programs! 

Akika Ando, MD
University of Illinois, Chicago
Lorrance Majewski, DO
Infectious Diseases
Rush University
Nishal Brahmbhatt, MD
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Houston Methodist
Thuan Nguyen, MD
Olive View - UCLA Medical Center
Panupong Jiamsripong, MD
University of Hawaii
Michael Tom, MD
University of Hawaii
Josef Lassan, MD
Infectious Diseases
Wake Forest University
Sari Umekawa, MD
Pulmonary/Critical Care
UCSF, Fresno
Dayna Lucuab-Fegurgur, MD
University of California, Irvine
Hideaki Watanabe, MD
University of California, Los Angeles



Intern Retreat


Photo courtesy of Tomoki Sempokuya, MD

On October 11, 2016 the UHIMRP first year residents participated in the Annual Intern Retreat. 22 Categorical and Preliminary residents along with current and rising Chief Medical Residents and faculty attended various activities intended to enhance awareness of Native Hawaiian health and healthcare issues, exposure to Native Hawaiian historical and cultural perspectives, values and practices, and to give residents opportunities for self-reflection and team-building.

The day started off at The Queen’s Medical Center with presentations on Native Hawaiian Health and the Queen’s Health System. Next the residents and faculty went to the historic Iolani Palace for a guided tour and then to Mauna ‘Ala, the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii. Lastly the residents gathered for workshops on Power, Privilege, and Identity and Teambuilding and Communication.

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 Photo courtesy of Nani Morgan, MD



UHIMRP Launches New Hilo Elective


Photo courtesy of Diana Norton, MD
In addition to her fantastic educational experience, Dr. Norton was also able to explore the Big Island of Hawaii on her time off
Top Photo: Dr. Norton stands at the top of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano over 33,000 feet tall. Bottom Photo: The "Green Sand Beach" (Papakōlea Beach)

Preliminary Resident Diana Norton, MD became the first UHIMRP resident to participate in the Program’s newly launched elective in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. The elective, officially titled Rural Medicine with Outpatient Nephrology, exposes residents to practicing medicine in an underserved area while rotating with two Internists and one Nephrologist.

Dr. Norton’s Top Five Reasons to Sign-Up for the Hilo Elective

  1. Primary Care + Nephrology
  2. Work with an underserved community
  3. Meet incredible people
  4. Gain a different perspective
  5. Expand your career options 


UHIMRP at Rush University

Photo courtesy of Akika Ando, MD
Dr. Ando pictured with Infectious Disease Fellows Drs. Tongma and Okamoto 

Level 2 resident Akika Ando, MD recently returned from a Cardiology away elective at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. During her block she was also able to greet UHIMRP graduates Chawat Tongma, MD (’14) and Koh Okamoto, MD (’13). UHIMRP graduate Teppei Shimasaki, MD (’15) is also currently participating in the Infectious Diseases Fellowship program at Rush University. 


UHIMRP Among 'ACP Celebrates Young Achievers' Honorees

Award winners Travis Watai, MD (Left) and Simon Zhang, MD
Photo Courtesy of Simon Zhang, MD

The American College of Physicians will be honoring Travis Watai, MD ('15, current CMR) and Zao "Simon" Zhang, MD (R1) as part of the ACP Celebrates Young Achievers initiative during the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting which will be held in Washington DC from May 5-7. ACP Young Achievers are recognized as the next generation of leaders within internal medicine that demonstrate academic excellence and represent the best of what the future of internal medicine holds.

Congratulations Drs. Watai and Zhang!



Former UHIMRP Chief Resident Participates in HPEC 2016

UHIMRP graduate and former Chief Medical Resident, Masayuki Nogi, MD (’14) presented his poster entitled “From Classroom to Real World – Implementing Project Based Learning to Internal Medicine Residency Education” at the first Health Professions Education Conference sponsored by the Office of Medical Education at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. The conference took place at JABSOM’s Medical Education Building on Saturday, February 27th. Congratulations, Dr. Nogi!




Photo courtesy of the John A. Burns School of Medicine




 Program Retreat

UHIMRP 2015-2016
Photo courtesy of Jodi Kagihara, MD

The annual UHIMRP Program Retreat took place on March 29, 2016 at the Windward Mall in Kaneohe. Residents and Program faculty gathered to share feedback, brainstorm solutions, explore goals and plans for the Program, and get to know one another outside of the hospital setting while enjoying a round of miniature golf.


Photo courtesy of Tanny Riangwiwat, MD
Residents Tom Spanuchart, MD (R3), Bas Klomjit, MD (R1), Tanny Riangwiwat, MD (R1),
George Wirunsawanya, MD (R1), and Pete Jaruvongvanich, MD (R1)



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