• Personal details

    Kane'ohe, Hawai'i --> Boston, Massachusetts!

  • Career statement

       I am a Family Medicine (FM) practitioner.   I take care of pregnant mothers, babies, elderly and everyone in between!  FM offers a full scope of challenges in many different areas.  I love to teach, get people excited and interested in taking control of their health and develop strong and lasting relationships with people.

       My future life in a utopian FM Friendly world would include an Ideal Micropractice/small private practice run like a Patient-Centered Medical Home/Patient-Centered Healthcare Family and be an active part of teaching faculty in some Department of Family Medicine and do international medical trips with Medicine sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and eventually move into public policy to influence healthcare on a large-scale.  This would all be in addition to having a healthy balance with a wife and kids!  We will see what life dishes out for me.

Education and qualifications

2010-2013            Tufts University/Cambridge Health Alliance        Boston, MA
    Family Medicine Resident
    P4 Curriculum: “Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice”
    Clinical Process Development as an NCQA-certified Patient-Centered Medical Home
    Strong outpatient focus and emphasis on team-based care and population health
Area of Concentration: Academic Medicine
Procedural skills: 
    -- OB/GYN: normal vaginal delivery, IUD/Implanon placement/removal, colposcopy
    -- Derm: shave/punch biopsies/excisions, incision and drainage, laceration repair
    -- Sports Medicine: knee/shoulder/bursa drainage/injection

2006-2010         John A. Burns School of Medicine                Honolulu, HI
      MD degree
      Community Health Elective: Hawaii HOME Project (map of clinic locations)
      Unit 1: Introduction to Health and Illness
      Unit 2: Heart/Lung/Kidney; Gross Anatomy lab; Pharmacology elective
      Unit 3: Gastrointestinal/Endocrine/Hematology; Gross Anatomy lab; Research elective
      Unit 4: Musculoskeletal/Neurology; Gross Anatomy lab; Healer's Art elective
      Unit 5: Life-cycle: Pediatrics through Geriatrics; Healing the Healer elective
      Unit 6: OB/GYN, Psychiatry, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine
    - Third Year Longitudinal Program -- Inpatient Rotations on Oahu; Outpatient Rotations on Maui
    - Fourth Year Electives in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, Cardiology, Neurology, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Ophthalmology


2002-2005         University of Hawaii at Manoa                     Honolulu, HI
      B.S., Biology with an emphasis in Biotechnology
      Relevant coursework: Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 275); Concepts of Genetics (BIOL 375); Human Anatomy and Physiology (PHYL 301); Basic Biochemistry (BIOC 441); Biology of Microorganisms (MICR 351); Immunology (MICR 461); Microbiology of Pathogens (MICR 463); Developmental Biology (ZOOL 420); Medical Microbiology

      2001-2002         Lewis and Clark College                              Portland, OR

      1996-2001         Punahou High School                                   Honolulu, HI

Career history

      2006                 University of Hawaii                         Honolulu, HI
      JABSOM Biomedical Organizational Web System (JBOWS) Liaison
      Technical representative for Class of 2010

      2/2006-6/2006 Straub Hospital                                           Honolulu, HI
      Med/Surg & Telemetry Call-In Ward Clerk
      Medical-Surgical Department (Call-In, Evenings) -- 20 hours/week
      Transcribe doctors' orders, requisition labs and procedures, facilitate communication between medical staff, patients and family

      2003-2005         University of Hawaii -- PEPS Dept              Honolulu, HI
      Molecular Systematics Assistant
Insect Systematics and Biodiversity lab at UHM -- 15-20 hours/week
      Helped to start up lab by: ordering equipment, implementing new lab protocol, creating a webpage and forming an online database for the Insect Museum holdings.
      Lab work entailed: DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, sequence alignment and Phylogeny Analysis Using Parsimony (PAUP)

      Spring 2004       University of Hawaii -- Biology Dept.           Honolulu, HI
      Basic Botany and Zoology Teaching Intern
      Directed studies in biological teaching class (BIOL 399)

 Aide for Basic Botany and Zoology lab (BIOL 172L) class

      Spring 2002       Lewis and Clark College -- Biology Dept Portland, OR
      Genetics and Evolution Tutor

Clinical skills and experience


       2011-2012        Diabetes Group Visits: Patient-Oriented, Resident-Directed
              -- Monthly outpatient visits for patients with an emphasis on therapeutic lifestyle changes

       2011-2012 Physical Diagnosis Annual Workshop
              2011       -- Chest and epigastric pain focused-physical exam teaching to MS II during their Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary Care (CAP)

       2012       -- Headache and back pain focused-physical exam teaching to MS II during CAP

       2012       “Advanced Communication CAP” on Motivational Interviewing

       1/2012       Adolescent Social Media and Beyond: Teen-Text/Tech Talk

Academic Residency Presentations
       Grand Rounds: Improving Metabolic Syndrome Monitoring for Patients on Atypical Antipsychotics 4/2011
       Poster Presentation: Metabolic Monitoring for Atypical Antipsychotics 4/2012
       Poster Presentation: PhotoVoice: Sheltered Families Speak Out with Participatory Photography 4/2012
       OB M&M: Incidental Cystotomy 3/2012
       OB M&M:  Group-B Strep Sepsis and Intrauterine Fetal Demise 4/2012
       Morning Conferences: 2011-2012
              Hypertensive Crises, Pain-Free Talk on Chronic Pain, Musculoskeletal Cases, Precocious Puberty, Travel Medicine, Diabetic Hyperglycemia: Beyond Metformin, Shoulder Dystocia, Derm Conference, Hyperlipidemia: Which Diet Lowers LDL the Most?, Alcohol Withdrawal: Symptom-Triggered Dosing vs Fixed-Dose Tapering of Benzodiazepines

2008-2009         Third-Year Primary Care Preceptorships: Longitudinal Program

Inpatient medicine on O'ahu: OB/GYN (Kapiolani), Psychiatry (Queen's Consult/Liaison), Surgery (Straub), Internal Medicine (Kuakini), Pediatrics (Kapiolani)
Outpatient medicine on Maui
: OB/GYN (Kaiser Wailuku), Internal Medicine (Maui Clinic), Surgery (Maui Medical Group), Psychiatry (private office), Family Medicine (Maui Medical Group), Pediatrics (Kaiser Maui Lani)

Summer 2006    Osaka Summer Program
Two week study abroad program to Osaka Medical College in Japan
Experiences in Gastroenterology, Cardiothoracic surgery, Neurosurgery, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neonatology at Osaka Medical College, Hokusetsu and Mishima Hospitals

2005-2006         Ko'olauloa Community Health and Wellness Center          Honolulu, HI
      Family Practice Preceptorship
      Shadowed a family physician on hospital rounds, clinical visits and community planning meetings

2005-2006         St. Francis Hospital                           Honolulu, HI
      Liver Center Volunteer
      Filed medical records and labs.
      Shadowed gastroenterologists and attended hepatobiliary tumor conferences

Professional Society Memberships

Massachusetts Medical Society 2010-present
American Academy of Family Physicians, 2006-present
Hawaii Academy o f Family Physicians, 2006
American College of Physicians, 2008-current
American Medical Association 2006-present 

Honors and Awards

Teaching Citations for PGY-1 Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics Rotations 2010-2011
    -- Accomplished (received 2-4 medical student recommendations) recognition in clerkship teaching
Phi Beta Kappa member, inducted in May 2005
Golden Key, inducted in December 2004

First-Time Student Attendee Award, American Academy of Family Physicians: National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students 2009

Biology Merit Award, University of Hawaii 2004

Management, leadership and club experience

2010-2013              Committee of Interns and Residents       Boston, Massachusetts
Tufts Family Medicine Delegate, Union Residency Representative 2010-2011
Cambridge Health Alliance President, Union Representative 2011-2012
       --Labor management team in contract negotiations with Cambridge Health Alliance
Vice-President Executive Board Member, Massachusetts Union State Representative 2012-2013
       --Nation-wide strategizing on union organizing, patient advocacy, residency community-building/leadership and service

2012-2013              Malden Family Medicine Operations Committee Resident Representative Malden, Massachusetts
Clinical operations guidance/oversight alongside clinic medical director, residency director, residency coordinator, and clinical/nurse managers on clinical decisions and policy implementation

2006-present                 University of Hawaii                         Honolulu, HI
Medical Student Mentorship Program (MSMP) – Mentor/Board member
      Organized MSMP activities like MSMP’s mixer, First Aid/Vitals workshop, ethics case workshop and the end-of-the-year banquet
      Mentored three pre-medical students 

2007-2008                    University of Hawaii                           Honolulu, HI
Tropical Medicine/Immunology Researcher
Introduction to Student Research (BIOM 513C), Selective Educational Experience (BIOM 593)
Pong, C. Influence of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) on in vitro growth of Plasmodium falciparum.  Malaria Journal 2009, 8:101.

2006-2008                    University of Hawaii                           Honolulu, HI
Hawaii HOME Project Volunteer (2006-07)
HOME Clinic Manager (2007-08)
Senior HOME Clinic Manager (2009-2010)
Provided free healthcare to homeless populations in the Honolulu county
Recipient of the Caring for Community grant (2007) for the Mobile HOME medical clinic

  2006-2009                 University of Hawaii                         Honolulu, HI
UH Family Medicine Interest Group -- Officer (Historian)
      Webpage management, event coordination, photo album & record keeping

2003-2006         University of Hawaii                         Honolulu, HI
      Medical Student Mentorship Program (MSMP) -- Mentee
      Participated in social activities with medical students to gain insight into what medical school is and how to get in.
      Participated in problem-based learning modules, mock-interviews and other medical school preparatory activities.

      2002-2005         University of Hawaii                                   Honolulu, HI
      Member of UHM's Pre-Medical Association
      Volunteer activities with Hawaii Bone Marrow Registry, Keiki Asthma Fair, Hawaii Food Drive, Ronald McDonald House, Hawaii Easter Seals and more.