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GAMC Graduates 7 Resident Physicians
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GLENDALE, CA - Seven physicians have completed their Family Medicine Residency at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. The graduation ceremony was held at the hospital this past week. The graduates of the three-year residency are Alice Chang, DO; Tri Duy Dao, MD; Isabelle Gerard Madzar, MD; Heather Myung Won Hyun, DO; Nathaniel Leong, MD; Brenda Shen, MD; and Po-Hui Michael Wu, MD.

Glendale Adventist's Family Medicine Residency Program trains physicians in family medicine, fostering a humanistic approach to medical care and education, according to Julie A. Howard, MD, Family Medicine Program Director. Each resident is expected to demonstrate proficiency in several competencies by the end of three years, as well as show progress toward mastering these competencies throughout their residency.

"We are proud to have all of our new family physicians stay in California to help ease the primary care shortage here," Dr. Howard said. "Our long-standing program continues to produce excellent doctors who serve patients of all ages, in varied settings, locally and globally. It is our distinguished honor to educate leaders in health care."

Graduates have announced the following plans: Dr. Chang to HealthCare Partners, Redondo Beach; Dr. Dao to FACEY Medical Group, Burbank; Dr. Gerard Madzar to the Family Medicine Residency as faculty at Northridge Hospital; Dr. Shen to Providence Medical Group, Redondo Beach; and Michael Wu to Dignity Health-Sacramento as a hospitalist. Dr. Hyun will finish the residency program in September and plans to start her own practice integrating acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, and allopathic medicine. Dr. Leong has not decided on a practice.

Chief residents for the past year were Drs. Dao and Leong, who were excellent leaders for the program, Dr. Howard added.

"Our program makes a real difference in the community," Dr. Howard said. "For the physician-in-training, the "stand-alone" residency program offers a state-of-the-art facility at Glendale Adventist, as well as community focused quality care, and a supportive team of faculty advisors and preceptors.

By the end of the three-year program, the physicians are able to care for patients of all ages, and are skilled in effectively communicating information to patients and their families, educating patients/families and communicating with other healthcare professionals. Graduates are also committed to carrying out professional responsibilities, adhering to ethical principles and showing sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

Established in 1973, the residency program has graduated approximately 300 family medicine doctors. It has received multiple grants recognizing its commitment to excellence and its culturally diverse and well-rounded faculty, featuring specializations in addiction medicine, adolescent medicine, women's health, dermatology and global health.