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July 2015 - Next Steps for New Grads

by Susan Margaret
Pediatric residency program coordinator

As we welcomed 21 bright new residents to the CHoR team, we also said congratulations and good luck to our graduating pediatric and medicine-pediatrics residents. These new grads are taking the next steps in their careers, entering private practices and starting subspecialty fellowship programs. We're excited to say welcome back to six graduating residents who are continuing their journey right here at CHoR as pediatric chief residents and pediatric fellows

Join us in congratulating our 2015 graduates:

Pediatric graduates

Hadi Anwar, MD
Pediatric chief resident, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Reshma Bholah, MD
Nephrology fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Elizabeth Finch, MD
Hematology and oncology fellowship, University of North Carolina

Michelle Gardner, MD
Critical care fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Emily Godbout, DO
Infectious diseases fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Harneet Hara, MD
Pediatric chief resident, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Spencer Magargal, MD
Neonatology fellowship, University of California

Margaret Pulju, MD
Neonatology fellowship, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Michelle Russ, DO
Private practice, Advocare “The Farm” Pediatrics, Marlton, NJ

Farah Siam, MD
Neonatology fellowship, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital

Kesha Stevens, MD
Finalizing future plans

Ashlie Tseng, MD
Hospital medicine fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Philip Valmores, DO
Private practice, Lee Davis Pediatrics, Mechanicsville, VA

Keon Vasudevan, MD
Private practice, Greater Baden Medical Services, Capital Heights, MD

Medicine-pediatrics graduates

Morgan Cheatham, MD
Private practice, Crossridge Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Practice, Bon Secours

Sara Mears, MD
Private practice, Richmond

Shivani Shodhan, MD
Cardiology fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

May 2015 - Career day

by Elizabeth Finch, M.D.
Pediatric resident

I recently had the pleasure of attending Career Day at Sunnyside Elementary School in McKenney, Virginia to talk with students about my job and why I love it! 

I became a pediatrician for several reasons - my love of science and a desire to help children. Many of the students also shared an appreciation for science and were eager to learn more about becoming a doctor. They asked excellent questions ranging from, “What does a doctor wear?” to “Have you ever done surgery on a kid?” They enjoyed learning about the tools physicians use on a daily basis to make diagnoses, such as stethoscopes and reflex hammers.  We looked at x-rays and discussed the importance of the different parts of the body. We also discussed how to live a healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of sleep and being physically active. Many students named fruits and vegetables they had already eaten that day - they're already on their way to a goal to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.  

I enjoyed sharing stories about my job and was happy to see a variety of other careers represented - from animal control officers to dance teachers. Early exposure to a variety of careers will benefit these children in the future, and as a pediatrician, I want ALL children to have healthy and happy futures!

Thank you to the students, teachers and staff of Sunnyside Elementary for sharing their day with me and allowing me to talk about the job I love!