Family Medicine Residency Program

Welcome to the Desert Regional Family Medicine Residency program. We are excited to start a new community-based program with a central focus on evidence-based medicine and community service. Our mission is to prepare residents to provide the highest quality and personalized care to the residents of the Coachella Valley that is patient, family, and community centered.

We are located in the resort city of Palm Springs within the Coachella Valley, part of the Inland Empire of Southern California. We serve a very diverse patient population with a particular focus on the medically underserved and most vulnerable populations. Our program is dedicated to teaching the next generation of physicians to serve the community with social responsibility to improve health, wellness, and access to healthcare.

Our faculty are committed to education with a true dedication to excellence. They bring a diversity of experiences that enhance the well-rounded curriculum that is offered. Coupled with training at a Level 2 trauma center and state-of-the-art outpatient facilities, our program is equipped to provide residents with an outstanding training opportunity that will not only enable them to develop strong clinical skills but also provide leadership experiences that enable them to become health advocates within the community.

Tae Kim, MD, FAAFP

First Year Residents

Lizmar Cerezo Perez, MD

Lizmar Cerezo Perez, MD

Hometown: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hobbies: Spending quality time with family and friends, going to the beach, watching Ted Talks, Netflix, movies, reading, learning new things and improving myself in all aspects

Ahn Luong, MD

Anh Luong, MD

Hometown: La Quinta, CA
Hobbies: Bicycling, swimming, ukulele, lego building, scuba diving

Pragati Mamtora, MD

Pragati Mamtora, MD

Hometown: Placentia, CA
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, road trips, visiting national parks, drawing, painting, gardening, international &
national traveling

Eladio Martinez, MD

Eladio Martinez, MD

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Hobbies: Movies with family, hiking, playing basketball with my son

Swetha Nukala, MD

Swetha Nukala, MD

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Hobbies: Painting, spending time with friends and family, decorating my house

Dharal Patel, MD

Dhara Patel, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Hobbies: Dancing, painting & swimming


Tyler Peterson, DO

Tyler Peterson, DO

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Hobbies: Baseball, basketball, woodworking, cooking/baking, gardening

Pari Shah, MD

Pari Shah, MD

Hometown: Poland, OH
Hobbies: Painting, crafting & horticulture

Luis Vera, MD

Luis Vera, MD

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Hobbies: Music, soccer, basketball, technology

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Martin Florentine Atal, MD

Hometown: La Mirada, CA
Hobbies: Crossfit, hiking, watching movies, playing videogames, listening to audiobooks & podcasts

Second Year Residents

Lauren Dallas, DO

Lauren Dallas, DO

Hometown: Woodstock, IL
Hobbies: Bonsai trees, hiking, biking

Rudolf Estess, DO

Rudolf Estess, DO

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Hobbies: Hiking, working out, video games, technology start-ups, finance (stocks)

Patrick Keefe, DO

Patrick Keefe, DO

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
Hobbies: Philosophy, music, hiking, traveling & spending time with my wife and kids

Peter Miani, MD

Peter Miani, MD

Hometown: San Clemente, CA
Hobbies: Tennis, soccer, swimming, piano, painting, travel

Stella Pak, MD

Stella Pak, MD

Hometown: Clarksville, Tennessee
Hobbies: Baking, origami

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Shaudee Parvinjah, MD

Hometown: Victorville, CA
Hobbies: Reading, yoga, cooking and exploring farmers markets, spending time with my husband

Yea Ping Lin, MD

Yea Ping Lin, MD

Hometown: San Mateo, CA
Hobbies: Tennis, sports, playing with my kids

Soraya Pourtabib, MD

Soraya Pourtabib, MD

Hometown: Naperville, IL
Hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking, skiing, climbing, yoga & dance

Kimiko Tsuchiya, DO

Kimiko Tsuchiya, DO

Hometown: Oakland, CA
Hobbies: Traveling, exploring, going to different adventures, hanging out with friends

Continuity Clinic

The New Family Medicine Center is a newly remodeled, greater than 13,000 sq. ft. structure that will serve as the headquarters for the new Family Medicine Residency program, providing care to patients and an educational platform for training and research. The two-story facility includes 20 exam rooms, a triage room, family counseling room, smart classroom and two procedure rooms.

Curriculum Overview

About the Program Curriculum

The DRMC Family Medicine residency program is a three-year program that provides outstanding training for residents by providing excellent patient care with compassion and leadership skills.


  • Inpatient Medicine — Two months
  • Night Float — Two months
  • Cardiology — One month
  • Family Medicine Essentials — Two weeks
  • Family Medicine Center — One month
  • Obstetrics — One month
  • Pediatric/Newborn Medicine — One month
  • General Surgery — One month
  • Sports Medicine — One month
  • Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) — Two weeks
  • Nephrology — Two weeks
  • Podiatry — Two weeks


  • Inpatient Medicine — Two months
  • Night Float — Two months
  • Emergency Room — One month
  • Geriatrics — One month
  • Infectious Disease — One month
  • Obstetrics — One month
  • Pediatric/Nursery Medicine — One month
  • Pediatric Outpatient — One month
  • Behavioral Science — One month
  • Dermatology — Two weeks
  • Family Medicine Center — Two weeks


  • Inpatient Medicine — Two months
  • Community Medicine — One month
  • Emergency Room — One month
  • Family Medicine Center — One month
  • Gynecology — One month
  • Orthopedics — One month
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine — One month
  • Pediatric Outpatient — One month
  • Electives — Three months

Noon Lectures

The family medicine conference is held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at noon. Topics are varied and evidence-based, covering the entire spectrum of medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, behavioral science and psychiatry.

Afternoon Workshops

The second Thursday of the month is set aside for resident business and learning. During this time, the residents have protected time with the chief resident and program director to discuss any burning issues of the day.

This afternoon also includes learning time for hands on workshops like suturing, joint injections, casting, colposcopy, etc.

Application Information

The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The program offers ten new positions each year.

Minimum Requirements

Residency applicants must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 with no more than one (1) failure and 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) with no failures.

COMLEX Level 1 no more than one (1) failure and COMLEX Level 2 Clinical Exam with no failures.

Must be graduated from medical school within the last five years.

Three letters of recommendation (LORs)-one letter must be from a family medicine physician.

US citizen and/or permanent resident.

To be considered a competitive applicant to our program, we highly recommend applicants have USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores of greater than 210.

As soon as applicants are accepted into a residency program, they are required to apply for a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) from the Medical Board of California (MBC). Please visit the Medical Board of California website for further information.

International Applicants

All applicants must possess a valid work permit prior to the date the rank order is submitted to the matching program or prior to a position being offered. This can be met with United States citizenship or permanent residency. We do not sponsor H1 or J1 visas.

International medical school graduates are required to submit the following additional documentation:

  • ECFMG Standard Certification with valid date.
  • Score for examinations used to qualify for the ECFMG certificate.

A completed application includes ERAS common application form, a dean’s letter, transcript, USMLE transcript or Complex transcripts, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation, preferably including one from a department of medicine chair (or designee). Our program number is 1200500768

Qualified applicants are invited for interviews and visits from late-October through January. To increase your chances of securing an interview date, we recommend submitting an application before November 15.


Alma HernandezAlma Hernandez
Phone: 760.561.7344
Fax: 760.327.3052

Family Medicine Residency
DRMC Family Medicine Center
555 E. Tachevah Drive
Palm Spring, CA 922