Graduate Career Paths

Summary  |  Our Graduates' Career Paths by Year

Since the inception of the Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program at UC San Diego in 1994, we have enjoyed seeing the success of our graduates in a variety of fields. We also boast a first-time 100% board pass rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) exam and 98% pass rate on the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) exam over the past 12 years. This far exceeds the national ABIM board pass rate of 90% and the national ABP pasInternational Rotation - Kenyas rate of 81%.

Like most graduates trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics, you will have a wide range of opportunities available to you once you have completed training at UC San Diego.

Most of our graduates go on to primary care practices doing both medicine and pediatrics in both outpatient and hospitalist settings. A large number choose practices in underserved areas. We also have matched all graduates seeking a fellowship or combined medicine/pediatric sub-specialty fellowship into competitive programs. Still other graduates have gone on to work for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, the Indian Health Services, or have continued in academic medicine careers. 

Career Paths - Summary

Our alumni have taken a variety of different career paths. Below is a summary of the types of career paths our graduates have chosen since completing their training at UC San Diego:

  • 66% practice in the primary care setting, involving internal medicine and pediatrics
  • 26% hold hospital-based positions
  • 13% hold volunteer faculty academic appointments. (This is in addition to the 24% in academic-based practices listed above.)
  • 7% pursue careers at the Centers for Disease Control, or a career in international health
  • 28% pursue subspecialty/fellowship training (Programs include: Allergy/Immunology, Cardiology, Critical Care, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Women’s Health. Institutions for aforementioned training include: UC San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, Scripps Health System San Diego, UCSF, Baylor University, Brown University, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University)
  • 46% remain in San Diego after graduation

Please see the list below to learn more about what our graduates do upon completing residency. The list includes the graduates from the UC San Diego Combined Med/Peds Program since the beginning of our program in 1994!

Click on the year of graduation to see a list of individual profiles for that graduating class. If you wish to contact any particular alumnus, please e-mail our program coordinator, Heejin Kim, at heejinkim@ucsd.edu and we will provide you with their contact information, if available.

Graduates' Career Paths by Year

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Years

2017

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Palliative Care Fellowship at UT Southwestern, Dallas Texas

Mazen Odish, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine 

Career Following Residency: Adult Critical Care and Pulmonary Fellowship, UC San Diego

Caitlin Dockweiler, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Palliative Care Fellowship at UC San Diego

Meghan Garcia, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at National Jewish Medical Center, Denver, CO

 

2016

Nicole Ayson, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Career Following Residency: Combined Med/Peds Primary Care

Constance Chace, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Massachusetts School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Chief Medical Resident, Department of Pediatrics, UC San Diego; Academic Internal Medicine Hospitalist UC San Diego

Mai Duong, MD.

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Med/Peds Primary Care Practice in underserved community clinic, San Diego, California

Christine Rukasin, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Chief Medical Resident, Department of Pediatrics, UC San Diego; Allergy and Immunology Fellowship, Vanderbilty University, Nashville, TN

 

2015

Lawrence Ma, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics

Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Geriatrics Fellowship at Stanford University

Diana J. Moke, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Career Following Residency: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Perrie E. Pardee, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Internal Medicine Hospitalist at UC San Diego Medical Center and Associate Program Director, UC San Diego Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program

Vanessa N. Raabe, MD

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Graduate School: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom, M. Sc. in Control of Infectious Diseases

Career Following Residency: Medicine/Pediatrics Infectious Disease Fellowship at Emory University

 

2014

John Adams, M.D.

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics

Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Underserved Medicine Fellowship - UC San Diego

Shirin Alonzo, M.D., M.P.H

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Neurodevelopmental Fellowship – Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego

Nicole Bendin, M.D.

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Hospitalist - Chicago, IL

Patrick LaRochelle, M.D.

Residency: UC San Diego Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Samaritan’s Purse – fieldwork in Democratic Republic of Congo

 

2013

Eric Chow, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics practice at Kaiser Permanente, Honolulu, Hawaii

Scott Francioni, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics practice in underserved community clinic, New Orleans, Louisiana

Katie O’Sullivan, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Brian Williams, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Pediatrics Hospitalist Fellowship, Rady Children’s Hospital, UCSD

2012

Benedict Dillon, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics practice in underserved community clinic in San Diego, California

Ricardo Indacochea, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics practice in underserved community clinic in San Diego, California and Associate Program Director, Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at UCSD, 2012 – present

Benjamin Johnson, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Internal Medicine practice at UCSD Department of Medicine

Hannah Walford, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at UCSD

2011

Tracy Exley, M.D., M.P.H.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Practice in San Diego, CA

Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine

Charles Gabbert, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Oregon Health Science University School of Medicine

Career following residency: Internal Medicine Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Patrick Lew, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Career: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Hospitalist in Portland, Oregon

Lauren Worth Gannon, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Career: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics practice in underserved community clinic in San Diego, California

2010

Brian Frugoni , M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, UCSD

Benjamin Frischhertz, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Career following residency: Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Baylor University School of Medicine

Shawna Klinesteker, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Career: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics practice in Santa Cruz, California

Erin Parise, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Career: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics practice in Irvine, California

2009

Kathryn A. Akong , M.D., Ph.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of North Carolina

Career Following Residency: Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship, UCSD

David C. Hall , M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Virginia

Career following residency: Internal Medicine Hospitalist, Sharp-Rees Stealy Hospital, San Diego

Suresh B. Rangarajan , M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Michigan School of Medicine

Career: International Medicine, Vietnam

Benjamin P. Westley , M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Washington, School of Medicine

Career: Adult Infectious Disease Fellowship, Brown University, School of Medicine

2008

Caitlin Carter-Wise , M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Career Following Residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Nephrology Fellowship, UCSD

Victor M. Ganata , M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Finch University/Chicago Medical School

Career following residency: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Practice, San Diego

Rebecca Greco Preziosi, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Georgetown University

Career: Combined Medicine/Pediatrics practice in San Diego, California, Sharp Rees-Stealy

Norris Vivatrat , M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Texas, Southwestern

Career: Hospitalist Medicine in Academic Setting, San Jose, California

2007

Maia Hightower, M.D., M.P.H.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Career Following Residency: Internal Medicine practice in Berkeley, California

Casey Moothart, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: Wayne State University

Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds community clinic serving the underserved in Detroit, Michigan

Kamala Randolph, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Illinois, Urbana

Career: Combined Med/Peds practice in Vancouver, Washington

Doris A. Yung, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program

Medical School: University of Iowa

Career: Combined Med/Peds community clinic for the underserved in San Diego

2006

Nicole D. Fortier, M.D.

Fellowship: PICU fellowship, Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Medical College of Ohio
Undergraduate: Ohio Northern University - BS in Biology

Elroy Y. Jan, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - BS in Biology
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds hospitalist position in Portland, Oregon with an academic affiliation

Ilia Christy Wakeham, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Undergraduate: Stanford University - BS in Biological Sciences
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds Practice

2005

Lauren Jefferis, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: MCP Hahnemann, Drexel University College of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds practice in San Diego

Aaron Lehman, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Arizona School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds community clinic for the underserved in San Diego, Associate Program Director, UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program, July 2007-June 2009, Kaiser Permanente Internal Medicine Physician in San Diego

Michael C. Martin, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Career following residency: Sharp Rees-Stealy Combined Med/Peds Practice (San Diego)

Shreya Parikh-Chandra, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds community clinic for the underserved in San Diego

2004

Benjamin Bauer, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Career following residency: Pediatric hospitalist in Seattle, WA; now working in Indiana in a Med/Peds position

Susan Brister, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Baylor University School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds practice in Austin, Texas

Rudolf Gausling, M.D., PhD.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Albert-Ludwig's University of Freiburg, Germany
Career following residency: Hospitalist position in Miami, Florida

Nancy McGreal, M.D.

Fellowship: Combined Med/Peds Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Chicago
Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

2003

Kalpana Chalasani, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Medical College of Virginia
Career following residency: Academic hospitalist

Suzanne Lefebvre, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Tennessee School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds practice in Connecticut

Roger Long, M.D.

Fellowship: Combined Med/Peds Endocrine fellowship, UCSF
Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Nathan McFarland, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds community clinic for the underserved in San Diego

2002

Laura Fagerland Petrovich, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine
Career following residency: Private Medicine/Pediatrics practice in Coronado, San Diego

Matthew Niedner, M.D.

Fellowship: PICU Fellowship, Children's Health Center, San Diego
Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Pritzker School of Medicine at University of Chicago
Career following fellowship: Academic position in the PICU at University of Michigan Health System

Matthew Schreiber, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Sackler University, Israel
Career following residency: Medicine hospitalist in Atlanta, Georgia

Kamei Tolba, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Career following residency: Urgent Care pediatrics in San Diego

2001

Ken Brady, M.D.

Fellowship/Second Residency: PICU fellowship with anesthesia residency; John's Hopkins in Baltimore Maryland
Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of California School of Medicine

Krista Burris-Kim, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds practice in San Diego, then joined the Indian Health Services

Susannah Ehret, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds community clinic in Los Angeles

Tory Katz, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Career following residency: Indian Health Services

2000

Jennifer Neely-Blanchard, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Career following residency: Academic position in HIV medicine at UCSD

Jennifer Fisher, M.D.

Fellowship: Scripps Clinic Hematology/Oncology, San Diego
Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds practice for five years, followed by a Hematology/Oncology fellowship

Aparna Miano Kambhampati, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Baylor University School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds community clinic for three years; now holds an academic position at
University of Southern California
e-mail: miano@usc.edu

Christie Reed, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Baylor University School of Medicine
Career following residency: Centers for Disease Control - HIV in Washington, D.C.

1999

Rachel Bacon, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California
Career following residency: Medicine/Pediatrics Hospitalist and community pediatrician

Christine Casey, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Career following residency: Centers for Disease Control - Immunizations in Washington, D.C.

Michael E. Mills, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of Michigan School of Medicine
Career following residency: Combined Med/Peds practice in Oregon

Lori J. Wan, M.D.

Fellowship: UCSD Women's Health Fellowship
Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Career following residency: UCSD Combined Med/Peds Program Director, Associate Clinical Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, former Med/Peds community hospitalist, community physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

1998

Brent Rathbun, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Career following residency: Sharp-Rees Stealy Combined Med/Peds practice

David Reynaldo, M.D.

Residency: UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Program
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California
Career following residency: Sharp-Rees Stealy Combined Med/Peds Practice