Amy Asandra, MD
Through the accelerated 7-year Medical Program, Dr. Asandra received her B.A. in Medical Sciences and a Minor in Psychology with Summa Cum Laude honors in 2003 from Boston University and her M.D. in 2007 from Boston University School of Medicine. After a one-year internship in Transitional Medicine at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, IL, Dr. Asandra arrived at UCLA to begin her residency, during which time she has not only pursued her research interests but has incorporated time to teach medical students and house staff at UCLA and participate in a number of department and medical center committees. As her chief responsibilities conclude, Dr. Asandra believes that her chief year taught her how to handle administrative issues with diplomacy and efficiency. And when asked what was her proudest accomplishment this past year, Dr. Asandra answers without hesitation, "Planning a fun resident retreat that incorporated team building... fostering residency cohesiveness and morale." After completion of her residency, Dr. Asandra will begin the Vascular Intervention fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center.
Ana Gomez, MD
Dr. Gomez received her M.D. from Universidad El Bosque in Bogota, Columbia, graduating in the top 10 of her class in 2003. After enjoying a one-year internship in Preliminary Medicine at King Drew Medical Center, during which time she was awarded "Outstanding PGY-1," Dr. Gomez came to UCLA as a Research Volunteer with the Abdominal Imaging section in our Department, eventually formalizing a position as a Research Fellow. Soon afterwards, Dr. Gomez began her residency in Diagnostic Radiology as part of the 2012 class. Over her chief resident year, Dr. Gomez has fully embraced her role as a manager within the Training Program and its Department, creating a sense of team work and pride among the resident body. Approachability to ease transition has been one of her great strengths, and continual learning from those who have made the residency special for both large and small tasks one of her most important goals this year. Following residency, Dr. Gomez will begin the Musculoskeletal Imaging fellowship in our Department.
Hassana Ibrahim, MD
As a 4-year Alden Scholar, Dr. Ibrahim received her B.S. degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, in 2001. In 2007, Dr. Ibrahim received her M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Yale University School of Medicine. After a one-year internship in Transitional Medicine at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Ibrahim traveled north on the 405 freeway to UCLA, arriving at UCLA to begin her residency in Diagnostic Radiology in July of 2008. Regarding her chief resident year, Dr. Ibrahim is proud that she and her co-chiefs were able to preserve the many strengths of the Training Program and make positive contributions in workflow, communication and interactions between clinical services within and outside our Department. Dr. Ibrahim hopes she served as a "listening ear" to fellow residents and encouraged a healthy balance between academic excellence and leisure. Reflecting back on her year as Chief Resident, Dr. Ibrahim compares her experience to being a senior resident on call; as long as you make decisions after due diligence, assist (communicate effectively) junior residents without taking away their independence, and (importantly) still know when to take an appropriate coffee break and (when to) to ask for assistance, you can actually enjoy doing it (I did). After her residency, Dr. Ibrahim will join the Neuroradiology section as a fellow in our Department.