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Chief Medical Residents (2023–24)

  • Allison Ibarra, MD

    Allison Ibarra, MD

    Chief Medical Resident 2023–24
    Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
    College: UC Riverside
    Medical School: UC San Francisco

    I am a California native through and through. I am also a first generation Mexican- American queer Latina and first generation college and medicine graduate. Professionally I am interested in creating a safe space that embraces the diversity of our healthcare workers and the communities we serve. I am working to create a community for LGTBQIA+ identifying GME staff through events, curriculum, and mentoring. If you are also interested in this, please let me know! We are looking to build our community further and would love to have you involved. This year I will be applying into gastroenterology. Outside of the hospital I love to go on nature adventures with my dog, binge watch shows/movies, read queer romance novels, explore new speakeasies, and find new hobbies to enjoy!

  • Michael Jew, MD

    Michael Jew, MD

    VA Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety 2023–24
    Hometown: Monterey Park, CA
    College: UC Los Angeles
    Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC

    I am a Southern California native, grew up in Monterey Park, and stuck around Los Angeles for undergrad at UCLA (still a huge Bruins fan!). Thereafter I worked for a few years in LA as a medical scribe, started dating one of my best friends in high school (now wife!!), and checked off some bucket list items (saw the Northern lights in Alaska, cross-country road tripped, ran a marathon, coached a high school basketball team). I stayed in LA for medical school, but at the rival institution (USC). In medical school, I realized that I loved caring for both adults and children, so I applied to Med-Peds! I did an away elective as a 4th year med student here at UCSD and quickly realized that this would be the perfect place to learn and grow as a resident physician! In terms of career aspirations, I plan on going into adult GI and have an interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In my free time, I love to travel, find epic sights/views, catching as many sunsets as I can here in SD, spending quality time with my now family of 3, playing golf, and trying all the amazing food in San Diego.

  • Anjali Kumar, MD

    Anjali Kumar, MD

    Chief Medical Resident 2023–24
    Hometown: Houston, TX
    College: Rice University
    Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine 

    I’m originally from Houston, Texas and went to high school, undergrad and medical school within the same 30 mile radius. I was drawn to UCSD after meeting the residents on my interview day (and seeing the beaches) and am so grateful that I matched here for residency. I am planning on applying to cardiology and excited to be more involved with medical education. Outside the hospital, you will catch me hiking, playing tennis (badly), at the San Diego Zoo, and exploring local breweries/speakeasies. 

  • Emily Margolin, MD

    Emily Margolin, MD

    Chief Medical Resident 2023–24
    Hometown: Tiburon, CA
    College: UC Berkeley
    Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC

    I grew up in Marin County (just north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge) and went to UC Berkeley for undergrad. I went to medical school at USC in Los Angeles and continued the journey south to San Diego for residency. I plan to pursue a career in Cardiology, ideally focused in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation. Outside of the hospital, I love to practice yoga, go on hikes, spend time at the beach, and hang out with my incredible friends.

  • Arianna Rodriguez, MD

    Arianna Rodriguez, MD

    VA Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety 2023–24
    Hometown: Aurora, IL
    College: University of Illinois at Chicago 
    Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago 

    I grew up in Aurora, IL and moved to Chicago, IL for undergrad and medical school where I had an amazing time. I moved to San Diego, CA with my now husband and we have made this our new home with new friends and exciting experiences. I started out interested in Infectious disease and Endocrinology and I'm finishing residency hoping to go into Pulm Crit! For fun I like to run along the beach, paddleboard, roller skate, yoga, binge watch TV, and find new bars/breweries with my husband.

  • Mehul Trivedi, MD

    Mehul Trivedi, MD

    Chief Medical Resident 2023–24
    Hometown: San Ramon, CA
    College: University of Southern California 
    Medical School: Albert Einstein 

    I grew up in the Bay Area before moving around a bit, LA for undergrad and NYC for med school. My professional interests include medical education and GI, specifically high-risk colon cancer prevention. In my free time I’m either running, breaking in my new road bike, checking out one of San Diego’s many breweries or probably most likely, watching something on TV with my fiance (and co-resident) Richa.

  • Benjamin Yang, MD

    Benjamin Yang, MD

    Chief Medical Resident 2023–24
    Hometown: San Gabriel, CA
    College: UC San Diego 
    Medical School: Stony Brook SOM 

    I’m originally from LA but spend parts of my childhood in Taiwan, Houston TX, before returning to LA to finish high school. I then came to UCSD for undergrad and fell in love with the beautiful weather! I went to the east coast for medical school and got to enjoy the seasons a little bit but knew that I wanted to come back to the year-round sunshine. I could not be happier to come back to UCSD and join the IM family full of amazing people. I am planning on going into cardiology and being involved in medical education. On my days off, I enjoy going out and trying different coffee and food here in San Diego with my wife (sometimes we go all the way up to LA). P.S. Philz coffee is still my fav!