Daniel Ichwan, M.D.
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 2017
Playing guitar, reading, computer programming, hiking, listening to music: alternative, rock, jazz, covers, watching TED talks, watching movies, and having meals with friends and family
Why did you choose UCLA for residency?
I applied and interviewed broadly to critically examine many residency programs to find one that treated the broadest range of patients, emphasized a strong knowledge base, maximized involvement / "ownership" in each patient's care, and valued non-clinical activities / accomplishment. UCLA was clearly the best. The even distribution of shifts between the academic Reagan and county Olive-View sites promises a rare mix of patients with esoteric multi-faceted diseases, "classic" emergencies, steady trauma, and varied socioeconomic backgrounds / needs. The arrangements and relationships at Reagan allows for an environment to interact and learn from strong collegial consultants while maintaining firm involvement and decision-making abilities in patient care. The resource-limited county context of Olive-View embodies the opportunity to maximize care to a needy and deserving population while seeing unique and dramatic diseases. The attendings, residents, and staff all consistently demonstrate true dedication to excellence that guarantees a great set of teachers to learn from and work with. Perhaps most importantly, the people seemed down-to-earth, kind, well-rounded, and eager to support each other both inside and outside the department. I am very grateful and excited for my experience with this family in the UCLA emergency departments!
What are your areas of interest within EM or future career plans?
What is your favorite place to visit/thing(s) to do in/memory from living in LA?
Hiking around Malibu near sunset with friends and then eating delicious Korean barbecue