Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Welcome New and Prospective Residents

On behalf of the Department of Emergency Medicine here at Desert Regional Medical Center, welcome to our site. It is with much anticipation that we welcome our first class and look forward to growing a strong teaching program committed to resident education. We realize that a residency program ultimately becomes woven into the fabric of a candidate’s life and sets the foundation for the rest of their career. The aim here is to give our residents an experience that will form this foundation and provide all of the tools they will need going forward.

We are a family of independently-driven, collectively strong, compassionate individuals who build each other up and catch each other when we fall. We train clinically excellent, resilient emergency physicians who can handle anything, anywhere, anytime. We seek coachable individuals who are adaptable, reliable, hardworking, thrive on challenge, and who focus not on what they can take, but what they can give. We find grit, enthusiasm, humility and dedication to be of the utmost importance. We work hard, play hard. Together we are DRMC emergency medicine.

We are an ACGME approved, three year teaching site servicing the Coachella Valley. The program will accept ten residents per year with the first class starting in 2015. It is our goal to provide exceptional medical care, education and an environment that fosters personal growth in our residents.

Thank you for your interest in our program, please contact us with any questions.

Sincerely,
Joel Stillings, D.O.


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Joel Stillings, D.O.

Program Director
Desert Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

Current Positions:

  • Emergency Medical Services Director/Attending Physician
  • Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, CA
  • Attending Physician, Saint Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino, CA

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Residency: Emergency Medicine, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA

Medical Degree: D.O., Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA

Faculty Appointments:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, CA

First Year Residents

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Eli Besser, DO

Hometown: Solana Beach, CA
Hobbies: Surfing, skiing, fly fishing

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Jenna Cacchillo, DO

Hometown: Boise, ID
Hobbies: Outdoor things like skiing, biking or hiking, exercise, yoga/pilates, reading, cocktails, photography, plants, and shopping

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Coleman Cowart, DO

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Hobbies: Ping pong

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Kathleen Fleming, DO

Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Hobbies: Writing, travel, photography, yoga, exercise, kayaking, hiking, craft beer, baking, and since COVID started, crocheting

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Ulysses Garcia, DO

Hometown: Hemet, CA
Hobbies: Whatever my kids want to do, running, swimming, boxing, watching movies, eating junk food

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Samuel Kotran, DO

Hometown: Akron, OH
Hobbies: Skiing, climbing, drums, computers, movies and shows, petting my cat, and using a new towel every time I shower

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Jaymes Lonzanida, MD

Hometown: Pearl City, HI
Hobbies: Weightlifting, hiking, cooking

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Shelby Roberts, MD

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA
Hobbies: Traveling, running, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, surfing, tennis, camping, playing guitar and piano, Amazon shopping

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Dakota Ruiz, DO

Hometown: Yucaipa, CA
Hobbies: Playing with my daughter, coffee, hiking, jogging, strength training, indoor rock climbing, eating, wine-tasting

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Jessica Vittorelli, DO

Hometown: Saco, ME
Hobbies: Rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, running, yoga

Second Year Residents

JeanMarc Ault Riche
JeanMarc Ault-Riche, MD

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Hobbies: Backpacking, woodworking, yoga, running, exploring new places with Fox and Zorro

Amanda Malmages
Amanda Balmages, DO

Hometown: Tustin, CA
Hobbies: Hiking, road trips, painting, watching live music

Quinn Fujii
Quinn Fujii, DO

Hometown: Sebastopol, CA
Hobbies: Hiking, Travel, Gardening, Guitar, Piano, Movies

Nicholas Glover
Nicholas Glover, DO

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Hobbies: Backpacking, rock climbing, photography

William Hamrick
William Hamrick, DO

Hometown: Eufaula, AL
Hobbies: Trail running, camping, climbing, fly fishing, backpacking, dabbling

Joshua Nelson
Joshua Nelson, DO

Hometown: Farmington, UT
Hobbies: Naps, Horror movies, Golf, Gym, Travel, Scuba diving, hanging out with my super rad 2 year old daughter

Matt Paparian
Matthew Paparian, DO

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Hobbies: Skiing, Golf, Biking, Climbing, Baseball, Softball, Hiking, Traveling

Robert Rigby
Robert Rigby, DO

Hometown: Fontana, CA
Hobbies: Surfing, traveling, hiking, hockey, sleeping in a hammock

Third Year Residents

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Michael Bermudez, MD

Hometown: Lake Elsinore, CA
Hobbies: Collecting and listening to old records, guitar, running, skateboarding, hiking/camping

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Jose Cardenas, MD

Hometown: San Jose, CA
Hobbies: Traveling, road trips, watching college football, making pizza, world history, technology

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Bret Gorham, DO

Hometown: Springfield, OR
Hobbies: Climbing, mountaineer, fishing, 4 wheel drive and dirt/gravel roads, hiking, titrating to hypomania on coffee, jigsaw puzzles, learning new stuff

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Michael Olsgaard, DO

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Hobbies: Hockey, golf, tennis, hiking/camping

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Matea Orlovic, DO

Hometown: Dubrovnik, Croatia and Santa Clara, CA
Hobbies: Swimming, snorkeling, hiking, wine tasting

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Nicholas Peairs, MD

Hometown: San Anselmo, CA
Hobbies: Surfing, guitar and cooking

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Josey Strathe, DO

Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Hobbies: Running, yoga, hiking, kayaking, fly fishing, traveling, cooking, trying new restaurants, concerts, gardening

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Jack Thompson, DO

Hometown: Grass Valley, CA
Hobbies: Basketball, football, cooking, softball, movies, Netflix, fantasy football, hiking, camping

The Department of Emergency Medicine participates exclusively with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and can be found on the Electronic Residency Application Service. You may apply through the dean's office at your medical school, or through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Interviews

Scheduled in October through December, on Wednesdays and Thursdays and are offered to applicants who have submitted an application through ERAS. (Applications sent by fax or email will not be reviewed.)

The interview day starts at 9:00 a.m. and concludes by 2:00 p.m. The itinerary includes:

  • Weekly didactic lectures
  • Interviews with four faculty including program leadership
  • Tour of DRMC
  • Lunch with the residents and faculty

Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

  • DRMC training programs are competitive and do not meet the hard to fill criteria required for Visa (Temporary TN work status, temporary H-1B and J-1) sponsorship.
  • Passing scores on the first attempt of USMLE steps 1 and 2 are required.
  • Applicants should have graduated from medical school within five years and must meet the accreditation requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for licensure.
  • ECFMG certification is not required at the time your application is submitted but is required to start residency.

Emergency Medicine Curriculum

The curriculum for Desert Regional Medical Center has been designed to meet ACGME accreditation standards and utilize the clinical strengths of the hospital faculty to produce quality trained physicians.  The hospital has elected to use 13, four-week arrangement for rotations.

PGY-1:
Anesthesiology/Ophthalmology One (1) Block
Emergency Medicine Six (6) Blocks
Internal Medicine One (1) Block
SICU One (1) Block
MICU One (1) Block
Orthopedic Surgery One (1) Block
Pediatrics One (1) Block
EM/Ultrasound One (1) Block
PGY-2:
Emergency Medicine Eight (8) Blocks
EM/Ultrasound One Half (.5) Block
Female Reproductive Medicine One (1) Block
MICU One (1) Block
Selective One (1) Block
Trauma/TICU One (1) Block
PGY-3
Administration/Related Activities One (1) Block
Emergency Medicine Eight and One Half (8.5) Blocks
Emergency Medical Services One (1) Block
Pediatric Emergency Medicine One and One Half (1.5) Blocks
PICU One (1) Block
Selective One (1) Block

Didactic Curriculum – The didactic curriculum is delivered through a combination of conferences, seminars, journal clubs, case studies, grand rounds, mortality and morbidity conferences. Four-hour sessions with two hours devoted to didactic lecture, one hour devoted to skills, and one hour are devoted to reading assignments, mortality and morbidity review, and case presentations that occurs weekly. Journal club, educational activities, and written exams occur on a monthly basis. Oral board simulation occurs on a quarterly basis. The in-service exam occurs on a yearly basis. Residents are expected to maintain active certification in ACLS, BLS, ATLS, and PALS.

Emergency Medicine Program Faculty

  • Joel Stillings, DO
    Program Director
  • Michelle Mouri, DO
    Assistant Program Director
  • Ryan Roten, DO
    Assistant Program Director

Babak Khazaeni, MD

Medical Director/Chairman
Desert Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

Current Position: Medical Director/Chairman, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Residency: University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Medical Degree: MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Faculty Appointments:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, CA

Core Faculty

Jacqueline Le, MD

Assistant Medical Director/Core Faculty
Desert Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

Current Position:  Assistant Medical Director/Core Faculty – Emergency Medicine Residency Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Residency: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA

Medical Degree: MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Faculty Appointments:  

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, CA

Michelle Mouri, DO

Assistant Program Director/Core Faculty
Desert Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

Current Position:

  • Assistant Program Director/Core Faculty
  • Core Faculty – Emergency Medicine Residency Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Residency: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA

Medical Degree: DO, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, CA

Faculty Appointments:  Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA


Ryan Roten, DO

Assistant Program Director/Core Faculty
Desert Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

Current Position:

  • Assistant Program Director/Core Faculty
  • Core Faculty – Emergency Medicine Residency Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Residency: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA

Medical Degree: DO, Western University of Health Science, Pomona, CA

Faculty Appointments:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, CA

Grant Nelson, MD

Ultrasound Director/Core Faculty
Desert Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

Current Position:

  • Core Faculty – Emergency Medicine Residency Desert Regional Medical Center
  • Ultrasound Director/Core Faculty – Emergency Medicine Residency Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Residency:

  • Emergency Medicine, John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit, MI
  • Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship, Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center/St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit, MI

Medical Degree: MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI


Suneil Agrawal, MD

Core Faculty
Desert Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

Current Position: Core Faculty – Emergency Medicine Residency Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Residency:

  • Emergency Medicine, University of California, Fresno – Community Regional Medical Center

Medical Degree: MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA


Andrew Givner, MD

Core Faculty
Desert Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

Current Position: Core Faculty – Emergency Medicine Residency Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Residency:

  • Emergency Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital

Medical Degree: MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA


Micah Wittler, DO

Core Faculty
Desert Regional Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

Current Position:

  • Core Faculty – Emergency Medicine Residency Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Residency: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA

Medical Degree: DO, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

Faculty Appointments: 

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, CA

Non-Core Faculty

  • Brian Anderson, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Nnameaka Diribe, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Eugene Hu, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Asim Iqbal, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Heng Lee, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Jonathan Nichol, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Eric Ory, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Sonia Reyes, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Albert Wang, DO (Emergency Medicine)

Teaching (Adjunct) Faculty

  • Arun Thunga, MD (Anesthesiology)
  • Neerja Kaul, MD (Medicine)
  • Peter Kopelevich, MD (Medicine)
  • Gerry Martin, MD (Medicine)
  • Katrina Platt, DO (Medicine)
  • James Tang, MD (Medicine)
  • Tuan Ward, MD (Medicine)
  • Learned Gonzales, MD (MICU)
  • Ken Clayton, MD (OB/GYN)
  • David Leaming, MD (Ophthalmology)
  • Gerald Schultz, MD (Ophthalmology)
  • Todd Swenning, MD (Orthopedic Surgery)
  • Hilal Abuzahra, MD (Pediatrics)
  • Shabnam Zargar, MD (Pediatrics)
  • Aaron Strumwasser, MD (Trauma Surgery)
  • Paul Wisniewski, DO (Trauma Surgery)
  • Andrew Fragen, MD (Trauma Surgery)
  • Oscar Paz-Atschul, MD (Trauma Surgery)