2013-2014 PGY-2 Class
Wei Cheng, M.D.
Undergraduate School Attended: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School Attended: Texas Tech University Health Science Center at Lubbock
Medical Topics of Interest: Preventative care, palliative care, hospital medicine, and evidence-based medicine.
Non-Medical Interests: Anything that runs on electricity and can connect to the web.
Favorite Quotation: "Do or Do not. There is no try." -- Yoda
Favorite Movie(s): Man of Steel
"I am a Family Physician because...Family Medicine is rewarding and there is an diversity of patients. At the end of the day, you know you are making a difference.”
"I chose this residency program because...the faculty is great, the program director is very supportative, the support staff goes the extra mile, and it is a great learning environment for evidence-based medicine. Also, my wife is a resident here as well, different department.”
Edgardo Colon, M.D.
Medical School Attended: Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
Prior Job: General Practice Physician in the lovely Rural town of Aibonito, Puerto Rico
Medical Topics of Interest: Endocrinology, pain management, preventive care, and women's health
Non-Medical Interests: SCUBA Diving, Paso Fino Horse Tournaments and breeding, watching movies, reading, being with my family outdoors, and cooking
Favorite Quotation: La Vida Es Una Lenteja, O la tomas o la dejas!
Favorite Book(s): The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.
Favorite Movie(s): With Honors
"I am a Family Physician because...I like to prevent things before they happen; and also I like to be the first one to help when someone is in need."
"I chose this residency program because...the location is great for adventure, and there is a commute time between the clinic and hospital that lets you wear off stress before getting to a new encounter. Faculty is great, understanding and committed to teaching and helping you get the highest scores on your Boards. Also you have opportunity to help the under served population and get great geriatric exposure. Best of all the program keep improving every year."
Estela Perez-Garay, M.D.
Medical School Attended: Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas Carlos J Finlay
Medical Topics of Interest: Infectious Diseases, Preventive Medicine
Non-Medical Interests: spending time with my family and friends, I like hiking, dancing, reading a good book and cooking
Favorite Quotation: “Being happy doesn't means that everything is perfect, it means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.”
Favorite Book(s): The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Safia Khan, M.D.
Undergraduate School Attended: St Joseph’s Government College for Women, Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School Attended: Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Medical Topics of Interest: HIV, Infectious Diseases
Non-Medical Interests: Reading, spending time with my family and kids
Favorite Quotation: “Verily, with every hardship there is relief” (94:6)
Favorite Book(s): Chicken Soup for the Soul
Favorite Movie(s): Planet Earth
"I am a Family Physician because...the world watches when cities are hit by natural calamities like hurricanes and earthquakes. I watch my patients going through natural calamities of their own when they are suffering from preventable and treatable diseases. Having seen tragedies turn to miracles, I am more determined than ever to contribute to my community, being a Physician the best way for me is to work as a Family Practitioner and make grass root changes in their lives."
"I chose this residency program because...there is strong penetration in the community, highly competent and experienced faculty, caring and sensitive staff, and most importantly a team of fun-loving and hard-working residents. The beautiful mountains of El Paso, and the brilliant night lights of neighboring Mexico mesmerized me at first sight, and continue to do so every day."
Edgar Reyna, M.D.
Medical School Attended: Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
Non-Medical Interests: I like to spend time with my my lovely wife, Samira, my three kids, Elisa, Alejandra and David; and I also like to play golf
"I chose this residency program because...it is a great program; everyone is nice and supportive"
Jose Rodarte, M.D.
Undergraduate School Attended: University of Texas at El Paso (Microbiology, BS.)
Medical School Attended: Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Ponce, PR)
Prior Job: Lab Assistant at Pathology Professional Services
Medical Topics of Interest: Global Health, HIV, Community Medicine
Non-Medical Interests: soccer, golf, skiing, travel.
Favorite Quotation: "Be the change you wish to see in the world," M. Gandhi
Favorite Book(s): "The House of God " by Samuel Shem, " The Hot Zone " by Richard Preston, "And then there where none" by Agatha Christie
Favorite Movie(s): "Shawshank Redemption", "The Avengers", "Awakenings", "Inception", "What Dreams May Come", "Star Wars" ... Too many to just choose one.
"I am a Family Physician because...it offers a comprehensive health care for all patients as well as continuity of care. It is the only specialty that will allow me to integrate all my medical interests into one practice."
"I chose this residency program because...of the great faculty and group of residents. This is the community where I was raised, where most of my family live and the community for which I want to work for."
Dhiekson Silva, M.D.
Undergraduate School Attended: Sam Houston State University, B.A. in Cell Biology
Medical School Attended: Central America Health Sciences University
Prior Job: Physician Assistant, Sonterra Cardiovascular Institute and Med-Cure Primary Care Physicians
Medical Topics of Interest: Preventive care, infectious disease, global health
Non-Medical Interests: playing video games (PS3), working out at the gym, watching anime, singing
Favorite Quotation: "The measure of a man is what he does with power." -- Plato
Favorite Book(s): The Bible
Favorite Movie(s): The Bodyguard
"I am a Family Physician because...what other specialty allows you to treat patients as a whole and not just a body system? The excitement of not knowing what’s behind the door is what keeps me interested. Being able to care of generations of families is extremely rewarding."
"I chose this residency program because...there is so much diversity and the one-to-one interaction is phenomenal. Here, we are treated as family and not just a 'class.' From the attendings to the floor personnel, everyone here makes you feel comfortable and at home. And where else could you be exposed to so much pathology?"
Lysa Vu, M.D.
Medical School Attended: Universidad Autononma de Guadalajara
Medical Topics of Interest: Sports Medicine, Dermatology, Diabetes, Preventive Care
Non-Medical Interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, kayaking, hiking, exploring, crafting, shooting, eating, cooking
Favorite Quotation: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke