Internal Medicine Residency Program

Welcome New and Prospective Residents

I would like to personally welcome you to the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Desert Regional Medical Center. We are a three-year American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program located in sunny Palm Springs, California and have the pleasure of serving the Coachella Valley. We provide care to a large demographic population and manage the most difficult cases presented to us.

During your three years at DRMC you will see a wide range of pathology and build the knowledge of how to co-manage and collaborate with many different specialties. Your exposure will be as broad as the care of the critical patient to the out-patient clinic primary care and the whole spectrum in between. You will have rotations through multiple sub-specialties of Internal Medicine to increase your range of knowledge.

We accept twelve residents per year and our inaugural class started July 1, 2016. I am very excited to be a part of the education of our future Internists and believe that Desert Regional Medical Center will provide the best learning environment needed to become a well-seasoned Internist.

Katrina Platt, DO, FACOI
Program Director


First Year Residents

Anna Arakelyan
Anna Arakelyan, MD

Ross University School of Medicine
Class of 2019

Hammoudi Farajji
Hamoudi Farraji, DO

Arizona COM of Midwestern University
Class of 2019

Saad Karamat
Saad Karamat, MD

St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Class of 2019

Khang Lam
Khang Lam, DO

Touro University COM
Class of 2019

Shawn Mo
Shawn Mo, DO

Liberty University COM
Class of 2019

Arpit Patel
Arpit Patel, DO

Touro University COM
Class of 2019

India Pleasant
India Pleasant, DO

Edward Via COM, Carolinas Campus
Class of 2019

Vatcha Satamian
Vatche Satamian, DO

Western University Health Sciences, COM
Class of 2019

Mubashir Sheikh
Mubashir Sheikh, MD

American University of Antigua, COM
Class of 2019

Randy Tingle
Randoplh Tingle, DO

A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2019

Phuong Tran
Phuong Pham Tran, DO

Arizona COM of Midwestern University
Class of 2019

Christina Velasco
Christina Velasco, DO

Rocky Vista University COM
Class of 2019

Second Year Residents

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Dina Albaree, DO

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2018

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Samir Bajwa, DO

Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2018

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Rosine Bekarian, DO

Western University
Class of 2018

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Chase Blackford, DO

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2018

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Robert Elliot, DO

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Midwestern
Class of 2018

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Anastasia Kozyleva, DO

Kansas City University
Class of 2018

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Leeda Mathew, DO

Touro University, Nevada
Class of 2018

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Arabhi Nagasunder, DO

UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2018

Robert DaVee
Robert DaVee, DO

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2018

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Joshua Napial, DO

Western University of Health Sciences
Class of 2018

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Nicole Nazemi, DO

Western University
Class of 2018

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Megan Sidana, DO

Western University of Health Sciences
Class of 2018

Third Year Residents

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Shan Dhillon, DO, MS

Western University of Health Sciences
Class of 2017

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Sharanpreet Kaur, DO

A.T. Still University
Class of 2017

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Devin Morris, DO, MS

Western University of Health Sciences
Class of 2017



Dallis Ngo, DO

Western University of Health Sciences
Class of 2017

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Kenisha Nisbett, DO

Touro University, Nevada
Class of 2017

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Joshua Seastrand, DO

Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2017

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Ling Shen, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2017

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Angela Shih, DO

Touro University, California
Class of 2017

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Jennifer Truong, DO

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2017

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Manika Talati, DO

Touro University, California
Class of 2017

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Christina Vu, DO

Midwestern University
Class of 2017

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Shayla Vu, DO

A.T. Still University
Class of 2017

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Nikki Zahabi, DO

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2017

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Patricia Sotolongo, DO

Nova Southeastern University
Class of 2016

INTERVIEWS

The Department of Internal Medicine participates exclusively with the American Osteopathic Association National Matching Service 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.

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

The interview day itinerary includes*:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Morning Report
  • Interviews with Senior Residents
  • Interviews with Program Leadership and Faculty
  • Tour of the Hospital and the IM Clinic
  • Lunch and Q&A with Current Residents

*Subject to change

CURRICULUM

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

PGY YEAR 1:
General Internal Medicine Five (5) Blocks
Critical Care One (1) Block
Cardiology One (1) Block
Care of the Surgical Patient One (1) Block
Emergency Medicine One (1) Blocks
Women’s Health One (1) Block
Selectives Chosen by the Program Director Three (3) Blocks
Continuity Clinic (one half-day per week, 36 weeks per year)
PGY YEAR 2: 
General Internal Medicine Six (6) Blocks
Infectious Diseases One (1) Block
Nephrology One (1) Block
Gastroenterology One (1) Block
Pulmonary Disease One (1) Block
Critical Care One (1) Block
Research One (1) Block
Possible Electives (Allergy & Immunology, Ophthalmology,
Otolaryngology, Outpatient Dermatology, Non-surgical
Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, Palliative Care
Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Diagnostic Radiology)
One (1) Block
Continuity Clinic (one half-day per week, 36 weeks per year)
PGY YEAR 3:
General Internal Medicine Five (5) Blocks
Rheumatology One (1) Block
Endocrinology One (1) Block
Hematology/Oncology One (1) Block
Geriatric Medicine One (1) Block
Critical Care One (1) Block
Night Float One (1) Block
Possible Electives (Allergy & Immunology, Ophthalmology,
Otolaryngology, Outpatient Dermatology, Non-surgical
Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, Palliative Care
Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Diagnostic Radiology)
Two (2) Blocks
Continuity Clinic (one half-day per week, 36 weeks per year)

Program Director

Katrina Platt, DO, FACOIPlatt,-K


Current Positions:
Internal Medicine Program Director, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Internal Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center- Colton, CA

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

Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences - Pomona, CA

 


Associate Program Director

Xolani Mdluli, MDXolani Mdluli, MD

Current Position: Internal Medicine Associate Program Director, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification: Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease

Residency: Mount Sanai School of Medicine - Jersey City, NJ

Medical Degree: St. George's University - Grenada, West Indies

Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease, University of California, Riverside, CA