Joey Parker, DO, FACP
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center
Chief Residency: Virginia Mason Medical Center
Dr. Parker joins the St. Joseph Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program as the inaugural program director after spending almost 11 years at Virginia Mason Medical Center where he completed his residency and chief residency. Following his chief resident year, he joined the residency core faculty along with spending 2 years as the Associate Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency. He also spent 3 years as Medical Director for Unit Based Teams, where he was responsible for leading the residency’s board review course and overseeing inpatient quality improvement projects. He has served as a resident mentor for improving in-training exam scores which has led to residents successfully passing their board examination. He developed a dedicated inpatient curriculum which for the past 7 years has led to resident success on inpatient wards and the ABIM examination, and has also helped develop residents as clinical educators. He has a special interest in infectious diseases and has presented on topics such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Clostridium botulinum, and updates in community acquired pneumonia. He also worked for 2 years in a specialty HIV clinic during residency. He is a three-time consecutive recipient of the Virginia Mason Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year award, the 2019 recipient of the Washington State ACP Hospitalist of the Year award, and writes for the Washington ACP newsletter on how to more effectively teach learners in the inpatient and outpatient setting. He is also a member of the Washington State ACP Executive Council.
“I am elated to serve as program director for the St. Joseph Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program. Since my chief resident year, I knew I wanted to one day become a program director. The opportunity to educate, invest in, serve, and come along side young learners and inspire them to become their absolute best is a calling I will never take for granted. I believe in identifying one thing to get better at each day and to be relentless in the pursuit of your dreams. I cannot wait to show you more about what the St. Joseph Internal Medicine Residency can do for you.”
Anna Marie O. Troncales, MD
Associate Program Director
St. Joseph Internal Medicine Residency Program
VMFH Internal Medicine Clinic
Medical School: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Residency in Internal Medicine: Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Fellowship in Geriatrics (2 year track): Rhode Island Hospital, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Dr. Troncales has been with Catholic Health Initiative since 2016 after joining the Internal Medicine outpatient clinic at St. Francis. She completed her 2 year track fellowship in geriatrics and decided to go to private practice, taking care of our elderly and most vulnerable patients.
As an internal medicine resident, she enjoyed educating medical students during their inpatient rotations. During her geriatric fellowship, she was a recipient of a scholarship grant to develop skills as an educator-clinician. This included being a subgroup proctor to medical students in their Doctoring I at Warren Alpert Medical School.
She spent several years in Florida, gaining extensive experience as a primary care physician, hospitalist, as well as a skilled nursing rehabilitation physician. She was involved in physician and staff education and had given lectures on geriatric care, as well as practice improvement on telephone medicine and triage.
In her current practice, she is a community mentor for nurse practitioner students who are eager to learn internal medicine and geriatrics in the outpatient setting. She is active in clinic work groups and committees. Her areas of interest include reducing hospital readmissions, increasing collaboration among outpatient providers and quality metrics team, as well as advanced care planning.
"I feel very privileged to be part of St. Joseph Medical Center Internal Residency Program. I have always been passionate about educating and encouraging our young colleagues to love the art and practice of internal medicine. There are a lot of opportunities to grow as a health care professional in our field and I am very excited to be part of your journey to success."
Amara Gill (Amardeep Gill), MD
Outpatient Core Clinic
Medical School: Dayanand Medical College, Punjab, India
Residency: University of Missouri - Columbia
Dr. Gill will be part of the core faculty at St. Joseph Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program. After graduating from high school she was selected into one of the most prestigious medical colleges in her region in India. Following completion of medical studies, she did one year of internship in India which also involved rural medicine rotations, which she particularly enjoyed. She then moved to the United States for further studies and joined the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Missouri - Columbia. During the course of her residency, she was avidly involved in mentoring medical students’ clinical skills. After completing residency, she stayed on and joined the faculty at the UMC as assistant professor in the Internal Medicine Department, which also involved a residency teaching clinic.
Dr. Gill has been practicing at the St. Joseph Medical Center since 2012 and has been actively involved in the launch of EMR Epic at her site, and has been part of the quality and PCMH committee. She has been mentoring community medicine family residents in their geriatric rotation.
She absolutely loves the variety and complexity of problems that medicine offers and the intellectual stimulation that it provides. She has a special interest in preventive medicine, women’s health, chronic disease management, and medical oncology.
"I am ecstatic to be a part of this new internal medicine residency program. I believe outpatient clinical medicine is ever changing, stimulating and a great learning platform. The opportunity of being able to provide continuity of care for patients, sometimes extending to multi-generations, is truly phenomenal. I have forged some very valuable relationships with my patients, and I cannot wait to show you the opportunity that the outpatient medicine world has to offer."
Gayatri Yambem, MBBS
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College
Residency: University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Chief Residency: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Yambem is part of the St. Joseph Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program as a core faculty member. She has been involved in teaching medical students and residents from the beginning of her career as a hospitalist at St. Joseph Medical Center, and also during her third year as a Chief Resident at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a special interest in Quality Improvement, and has worked on several unit based rounding and multidisciplinary rounding projects. She has also had poster presentations on topics related to infectious diseases at the local chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
"I am very excited to be part of the St. Joseph Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program. I look forward to this opportunity to be part of an effort that will benefit the residents and the community as a whole."
Jahyeok Ihm, MD, MPH
Medical School: Eulji School of Medicine, South Korea
Residency: Griffin-Yale combined Internal Medicine / Preventive Medicine Residency
Dr. Ihm graduated from Eulji School of Medicine, South Korea, and trained in Griffin hospital from combined Internal Medicine / Preventive Medicine Residency. She achieved her Master of Public Health on health care policy and management from Yale School of Public Health during her residency. She joined the UCSF Fresno Internal Medicine residency program as a core faculty, spending 4 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor. Her interest is focused on how to improve medical education and quality of care for patients. She also connects with social determinant of health with population health, serving as a moderator of ACPM 2019 for 'Prescription for housing: how to ensure it gets filled'. As a clinical mentor, she enjoys meeting with medical students and residents to guide their career path and wellness counseling. Her research was about mindfulness practice intervention study related with physician / resident wellness. She served as a member of the Quality Improvement (QI) committee, reviewing and guiding resident QI projects.
"I am grateful for wonderful opportunities to meet and learn from amazing people from my schools, residency and work - especially patients. Their stories and encouragement made me who I am as a physician. I believe that we all can learn from each other from the smallest things to life-changing experiences. I would like to continue my endeavor in St. Joseph Medical Center to serve residents and patients better to make a positive impact on their lives."