KGH's first medical residents now at work

Kennewick General Hospital’s first medical residents started Monday.

Drs. Minh-Triet Dinh Vo and Shahla Walizada are completing family medicine residencies, overseen by Dr. Sheila Dunlop, and Dr. Maria Persianinova is completing an internal medicine residency, working with Dr. Mahmoud Al-Hawamdeh, a KGH news release said.

The American Osteopathic Association approved the three-year residency programs; it’s the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools and the primary certifying body for osteopathic physicians, the KGH news release said.

The programs are the first of their kind in the Tri-Cities.

“KGH’s providers and staff are excited to welcome our first three medical residents,” said Glen Marshall, KGH’s CEO, in the news release. “Our community is growing which means we need more doctors to come to the Tri-Cities and to stay. Our first three residents exemplify the type of medical staff we have and want to continue to attract at KGH: exceptional caregivers with a strong sense of community service.”

The programs will include hospital and clinic rotations and one-on-one training, the release said. For more information, go to www.kennewickgeneral.com.