1st Year Residents (PGY-2)
Mohammad Fidahusain, M.B.B.S.
Dr. Fidahusain completed his medical school from Ziauddin University, Pakistan. During his medical school years, he was involved in various research projects administered by the Department of Public Health Sciences. As part of those activities, he conducted field surveys in a local squatter settlement for determining the demographics and health problems of that area, and worked with local residents at a personal level to solve their health problems. This gave him an opportunity to very closely observe the plight of the underserved populations. He finished his medical school coursework in Public Health with honors. He entered Family Medicine residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences located in Fort Smith. He then started General Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency at the University of Rochester. His personal interests include global health, trauma prevention, malnutrition, behavioral modification and removing health discrepancies among the underserved populations.
Shoshanna Miller, M.D.
I obtained my BSc in Management and Accounting at the University of the West Indies, my BS in Psychobiology at Florida Atlantic University and my MD at the American University of the Caribbean. As a Family Medicine Resident at the VCU-Shenandoah Valley Family Medicine Residency program I participated in both an obesity intervention in middle school children using the 9-5-2-1-0 model and also went on a global medicine trip to the frontiers of Honduras where we attended to the medically under-served at the local clinic and hiked to the local schools to evaluate children to provide health assessments, de-worm, vision and dental checks. These experiences served to emphasize the importance of lifestyle management including obesity intervention as preventive measures to our numerous chronic illnesses, in addition to the need to serve our medically underserved and bridge the gap in health care disparity.
Ryan Pastena, M.D.
Dr. Ryan Pastena graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in History and from American University of the Caribbean with an M.D. It was during a rotation with the New York City department of mental health and hygiene that his interest in preventive medicine was sparked. He then completed his general surgery internship at Westchester Medical Center and several years of urology residency at Akron General Medical Center. His personal hobbies include camping, skiing, hiking, and baseball. Ryan’s professional interests include health systems transformation and quality improvement and health policy.
2nd Year Residents (PGY-3)
Raquel Benchoam, M.D., M.S. (Medical Management)
Dr. Benchoam graduated from the Medical School at the University of Montevideo, in Uruguay, and then went on to specialize in Family Medicine at the Medical School of Tel Aviv University in Israel. Upon completing her residency and fellowship requirements, she served as a Family Physician at various rural communities with underserved minority populations in Northern Israel. It gave her an opportunity to follow the life cycles of her patients and to realize the value of the various Preventive Medicine Programs which she initiated and coordinated at the individual, family, and community levels. After getting an M.S. in Medical Management degree at the University of Rochester (Simon Business School), she started my U.S. Medical Residency program in Internal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in NYC, and later transferred to the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program at the University of Rochester. Her personal interests include researching effective ways of designing and assessing population-based approaches to community health, predominantly dealing with disease prevention and health promotion in underserved minority populations.
Ikechi Konkwo, M.B.B.S., M.P.H, Graduate Certificate (Health IT)
Dr. Konkwo is a foreign medical graduate from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He received an M.P.H. degree in Public Health management and a graduate certificate in Health Informatics from the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership of the George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health, Washington DC. He was among the pioneer (Class 1) set of the CDC/ASTHO/CSTE-supported Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship (APHIF). After an internship year in General Surgery at the University of Florida, he started his residency in General Preventive medicine and Public Health at the University of Rochester. His primary interests are in healthcare knowledge management for health systems transformation and quality improvement.
Yule Lee, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Lee graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN with a B.A. in history, from Columbia University School of Public Health in New York, NY with an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management, and from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with an M.D. She completed her internship in family medicine at the University of Rochester. Prior to medical school, she worked in various capacities in the health care field including family planning, harm reduction, data management and employee benefits consulting. Her primary interests include health policy, global health and health outcomes.