Valley Children’s Welcomes Newest Pediatric Residents

Photo of incoming class of pediatric and pharmacy residents

(Madera, Calif.) – Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program, Affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine, welcomed its newest residency class June 2020. The traditional white coat ceremony where these residents would have been officially welcomed to the hospital was cancelled due to COVID-19.

This year’s residency students make up the fourth graduating class from Valley Children’s pediatric residency program and includes three doctors who rotated at Valley Children’s as medical students, seven who are from California and one local to the Central Valley. The members of the 2023 class are:

  • Brandon Ang, DO, Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine: From Fremont, CA, has published numerous research projects in gastroenterology
  • Sarah Benke, DO, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine: From Sunnyvale, CA, and Boulder, CO, has a background in research and community outreach
  • Kelly Hady, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine: From Johns Creek, GA, US Army Medical Department Health Professional Scholarship Program Recipient
  • Maryam Hockley, MD, MPH, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix: From Phoenix, AZ, developed interactive curriculum on naloxone prescribing
  • Erin Hoyt, MD, University of Queensland School of Medicine: From Clovis, CA, is extremely active in community volunteering and has presented on indigenous health
  • Soojung Krystal Jin, MD, Loma Linda University School of Medicine: From Glendale, CA, has a passion for teaching
  • Mariel Marquez, MD, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine: From Puebla, Mexico, is actively involved in student-run clinics for gender health and IV drug use
  • Youmna Moufarrej, MD, Louisiana State University Health Shreveport: From Shreveport, LA, is involved in international medicine in Kenya and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Harrold Navea, MD, California Northstate University College of Medicine: From Sacramento, CA, involved with family-centered rounds, quality improvement projects and frenectomy research
  • Peter Nguyen, MD, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine: From Santa Ana, CA, has a passion for and background in research
  • Maisie O’Meara, MD, University of Nebraska College of Medicine: From Lexington, NE, is committed to volunteerism and global health
  • Rosalie Perrot, MD, California Northstate University College of Medicine: From Rocklin, CA, has a background in research programs studying GABA type A receptors
  • Angela Pflugrath, DO, Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine: From Cincinnati, OH, is passionate about volunteering in community activities and is a former professional distance runner

Valley Children’s Pharmacy Residency Program, in its twenty-first year, also welcomed five postgraduate year one (PGY1) residents. These residents include:

  • Renzio Apostol, PharmD, California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy: From Fresno, CA, is excited about opportunities to serve critical care patients and work in emergency medicine
  • Drew Dieckmann, PharmD, St. Louis College of Pharmacy: From DeWitt, IA, is interested in neonatology and infectious diseases
  • Heather Goossen, PharmD, University of California San Francisco: From Fresno, CA, is determined to become a pediatric pharmacist and serve the children of the Central Valley
  • Alyssa Nakaguchi, PharmD, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: From Fresno, CA, is determined to practice in the Central Valley area to serve the community where she grew up
  • Ashley Peton, PharmD, Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy:  From Tulare, CA, is looking forward to this pediatric residency and working to improve medication safety.

Valley Children’s Hospital continues to serve as a teaching site for more than 210 residents and medical students in a dozen other programs, including those based at Stanford in Palo Alto, Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Visalia, Mercy Medical Center in Merced, and UCSF and Valley Health Team in Fresno.

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