Prospective Residents

Department of Internal Medicine

Program Overview

Welcome to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Internal Medicine Residency Program. The size of our program fosters a supportive learning environment with frequent direct interaction with faculty. Collegiality amongst the residents, fellows, and the faculty is one of our major strengths. Our Residents have the opportunity to work directly under the supervision of our fellows in Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Pulmonary Critical Care medicine.

Training in the state of the art simulation center enhances the resident experience by practicing procedures and participating in simulated codes using a high-fidelity simulator. We also incorporate the use of standardized patients to advance communication skills.

We were accredited for 10 years by the ACGME at our most recent site visit.

Admissions and Caps

We strictly adhere to ACGME requirements.

  • Medicine Wards: The inpatient teams follow a Q4 call cycle. The team senior can admit up to 10 patients with two interns until 7 p.m. The night intern will admit up to five patients with a night float senior from 7 PM to 7 AM. The team census cannot exceed twenty patients.
  • MICU: On the MICU service, all interns and residents work in twelve to sixteen-hour shifts. The MICU census for the teaching service is based on the number of residents on the service.
  • CCU: The CCU is covered by a day team that works a 12-14 hour shift. There is a night float from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The CCU team cap is 24 patients. Private call rooms are provided for interns and residents when on night admit and overnight call. There are additional sleep rooms available for residents at anytime they are feeling too fatigued to work or drive home.


The residency program aims to promote self-directed learning with the use of morning reports, intern noon report, VA noon report, Academic Half-Day, teaching on the clinical services, and on-line modules.

Resident Conferences and Learning Opportunities

Conferences include morning reports, weekly intern noon report, and weekly academic half-day every Tuesday. A board review series is incorporated into the conference series. The VA also conducts a daily noon conference except on Tuesdays when they participate in the academic half day via video. The residency program aims to promote self-directed learning with the use of
learning communities and asynchronous learning opportunities. These include the internal medicine curriculum from the John Hopkins Physician Education and Assessment Center, the Society of Hospital Medicine medical consultation modules, and an ambulatory curriculum that utilizes a disease of the month series.

Morning Reports

We vary the format of our morning reports to foster a stimulating learning environment. Chief resident led morning case reports focus on diagnostic evaluation and management of recently seen cases. Subspecialty service specific reports are conducted by residents and supervised by fellows and attending physicians. Additionally, we also discuss pertinent evidence-based medicine topics as part of the ambulatory-based medicine morning report, which occurs once a month. Morning reports typically occur on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the UNLV SOM Campus.

Intern Noon Report

Every Friday, we have a dedicated noon report for the interns. This allows the Chief residents to focus in on core topics in internal medicine, such as managing inpatient insulin regimens, evaluation of elevated liver enzymes, acute kidney injury, and many more. This gives the interns an opportunity to
ask questions and discuss topics in a supportive and collaborative environment with other interns. Intern noon reports are held for the first half of the year.

VA Noon Report

Every day except Tuesday, there is a noon report that occurs at the VA similar to Morning Report at the main campus. These noon reports are provided for all residents who are on a medicine or subspecialty service at the VA each block. The discussions are focused on diagnostic evaluation and management issues given by VA subspecialist and general internal medicine attendings. Grand rounds at the VA typically occur one Thursday of each

Academic Half Day

Residents participate in an academic half-day, which provides a diverse educational experience. Clinical topics range from those in general internal medicine, internal medicine subspecialty fields, and subspecialty topics outside of internal medicine that are relevant to IM residency training. Academic Half Day also includes lectures on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, PGY-3 Senior Grand Rounds, Journal Club and Board Review.
Residents are assigned to learning communities for Journal Club and many other lectures within the curriculum. These learning communities utilize a flipped classroom model to encourage more problem and team-based learning.

Ambulatory Didactics

Residents are pre-assigned cases on core ambulatory topics. They use the cases to teach their peers with a faculty facilitator present. The disease of the month curriculum is a 36-month recurring curriculum. Residents also complete board review questions and review relevant journal articles in the ambulatory setting.

Block Schedule

The academic year is divided into thirteen four-week blocks. Clinic scheduling follows the traditional weekly clinic model, with no clinic during intensive care blocks.

PGY1 Year

  • Medicine wards (VA & UMC) – 6 blocks
  • MICU – 1 block
  • CCU – 1 block
  • Subspecialty Medicine – 3 blocks
  • Electives – 2 blocks
  • Night float is incorporated into wards and MICU. No dedicated night float block during the first year.

PGY2 Year

  • Medicine wards (VA & UMC) – 2-3 blocks
  • MICU – 1 block
  • CCU – 1 block
  • CCU Night Float – 1 block
  • Medicine Night Float – 1 block
  • Selectives and electives – 5-6 blocks

PGY3 Year

  • Medicine wards (VA & UMC) – 2-3 blocks
  • MICU/CCU – 2 blocks
  • The remaining blocks are required selectives and electives. No night float for senior residents.

Subspecialty Selectives and Elective Rotations

In order to facilitate a robust inpatient and outpatient experience, the rotations listed below are provided at UMC, the VA of Southern Nevada, and our community partners. They include:

Selective Rotations

  • Ambulatory Medicine and Primary Care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Quality Improvement
  • Public Health
  • Urgent Care

Elective Rotations

  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • HIV Wellness clinic
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Ophthalmology
  • Office Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Radiology
  • Research
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada

Teaching On Clinical Services

We are very proud of the patient-based educational experience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. Through our affiliation with University Medical Center, the VA Southern Nevada, and the breath of physicians in our community, residents gain an invaluable exposure to a wide variety of clinical problems from a diverse patient population. Alumni of our program consistently give us feedback on how their exposure during residency prepared them well for their future careers.

Supplemental Services

UNLV School of Medicine Library is located steps away from UMC Hospital. It is staffed by a dedicated medical librarian and support staff who are available to provide access and guidance for navigating health sciences information resources to faculty, staff, students and researchers affiliated with UNLV’s health sciences programs in the schools of Integrated Health Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Dental Medicine, Medicine, and Nursing, as well as other clinical or biomedical programs. The online library collection is extensive and includes access to important resources such as Up-to-Date and JAMAEvidence.

Program Leadership

Program Leadership

Aditi Singh, M.D.

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Phone: 702-671-5060

John Varras, M.D., F.A.C.P.

John Varras
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Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, M.D.

Phone: 702-671-5060

Chief Residents

Bhavana Bhaya, M.D.

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Phone: 702-671-2345

Edward Co, D.O.

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Justin Jeffries, M.D.

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Dimal Patel, M.D.

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Resident Life

Life After Residency

Perhaps the greatest appeal of Las Vegas is “The Strip.” Some attractions to consider: Cirque du Soleil, seeing a favorite comedian or magician, catching a residency of musicians such as Celine Dion, the Backstreet Boys, Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears, seeing major concerts, or attending broadway shows, classical, or jazz performances at the nearby Smith Center. The Las Vegas strip has something to offer everyone, even the sports enthusiast (GO KNIGHTS).

A major hidden gem of Las Vegas is the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. With over 294 days of sun per year, there is no shortage of opportunities to head to the hills for any outdoor activity of your choosing. The annual average temperature is 79 degrees, but it is not unusual for the mercury to hit the 110-degree mark during the summer and dip into the 30s in the winter. Mild desert temperatures make outdoor recreation possible throughout the year in Southern Nevada. Residents are able to enjoy hiking, biking, rock climbing, or a scenic drive at places such as the Red Rock National Park or the Valley of Fire, skiing/snowboarding activities at the Lee Canyon Ski Resort on Mount Charleston, or hike to and soak in hot springs on the Colorado River as they explore slot canyons near Hoover Dam and the Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

Residents also enjoy a robust interdepartmental camaraderie as we get together during recreational activities such as bowling events, basketball and volleyball games, or just enjoying a Halloween party and get togethers.

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Fellowship and Job Placement

2018 Class

  • Marwah Al-Khazaali: Nephrology Fellowship, University of California, San Diego
  • Ahmed Al-Tameemi: Primary Care Physician, Borrego Health- El Cajon, California
  • Abdallah Alali: Nephrology Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Haider Alhaidari: Hospitalist, University Medical Center, Las Vegas Nevada
  • Syed Alvi: Hospitalist, Cape Fear Valley Health System, Fayetteville NC
  • Mohamed Azab: Gastroenterology Fellowship, Loma Linda University- Loma Linda CA
  • Ahl Jeffrey Caseja: Chief Medical Resident, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine
  • Syeda Simra Khusro: Hospitalist, Regional Medical Center, San Jose CA
  • Sinziana Mahalean: Hospitalist, Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas NV
  • Harmeet Mashiana: Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE
  • Moarij Qazi: Hospitalist, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth TX
  • Farhan Rashid: Hospitalist, Sovah Health Martinsville Hospital, Martinsville VA
  • Syed Shah: Hospitalist, Las Vegas, NV
  • Alexandra Shawo: Hospitalist, Salinas Valley Memorial, Salinas CA
  • Amira Sheikh Mohamed: Internist, Family Health Centers of San Diego
  • Usama Siddiqui: Chief Medical Resident, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine
  • Devi Sameera Tammineedi: Hospitalist, Christiana Care Hospital, Newark, DE
  • Angela Holly Villamagna: Infectious Disease Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Ammar Yousif: Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Leo Zacks: Primary Care Internist, Kaiser Permanente Medical Temecula, CA

2017 Class

  • Manas Agastya: Chief Medical Resident, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine
  • Birjees Ahmed: Chief Medical Resident, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine
  • Muazer Ahmed: Nephrology Fellowship, University of Texas – San Antonio
  • Mustafa Al-Shammari: Chief Medical Resident, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine
  • Alhusain Aly: Nephrology Fellowship, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Eyas Chakfeh: Geriatrics Fellowship, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
  • Yaser Dawod: Hospitalist, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Muhammad Farooqui: Hospitalist, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas
  • Ian Frani: Infectious Diseases Fellowship, Tufts Medical Center
  • Jay Kumar: Hospitalist, Southwest Medical Associates, Las Vegas
  • Ali Malik: Chief Medical Resident, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine
  • Simran Kaur Matta: Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Subhasree Panchangam: Cardiology Fellowship, Texas Tech University – El Paso
  • Swetal Patel: Cardiology Fellowship, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine
  • Linha Phan: Hospitalist, Ochsner Medical Center, LA
  • Matthew Prekupec: Hospitalist, Providence Health SW Washington
  • Arshiya Rana: Hospitalist, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Jibran Rana: Research Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, OH
  • Dulip Ratnasoma: Sleep Medicine Fellowship, University of California – Los Angeles
  • Phillip Ribeiro: Nephrology Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
  • Sarah Rustamova: Hospitalist, Platinum Group, Las Vegas
  • Susil Sivaraman: Staff Physician, VA of Southern Nevada
  • Lakshmi Uppaluru: Preventive Medicine Fellowship, Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN

2016 Class

  • Zeina Ali: Specialty: Endocrinology: University of Arizona
  • Choua Thao: Specialty: Pulmonary/ Critical Care: Washington Hospital Center DC
  • Bassel Saksouk: Specialty: Pulmonary/ Critical Care: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Pannaga Malalur: Specialty: Hematology Oncology: Medical University of SC
  • Michael Kats: Specialty: Hospice and Palliative Medicine: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Mohanad Hasan: Specialty: Cardiology: Ochsner Clinic Foundation
  • Peter Rajacic: Specialty: Sleep Medicine: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Sumit Sehgal: Specialty: Cardiology: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

2015 Class

  • Amod Amritphale: Specialty: Cardiology: Louisiana State University Health Science Center
  • Lama Matni: Specialty: Nephrology: Keck School of Medicine, CA
  • Ruihong Luo: Specialty: Infectious Diseases: Boston University
  • Ali Namazi: Specialty: Cardiology: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

2014 Class

  • Edwin Aquino Valdez: Specialty: Rheumatology: University of Arizona
  • Trung Huynh: Specialty: Nephrology: Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles
  • Altaf Dawood: Specialty: Gastroenterology: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Syed Abdul Basit: Specialty: Gastroenterology: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

2013 Class

  • Ahmed Eter: Specialty: Nephrology: Staten Island University Hospital
  • Kasaiah Makam: Specialty: Cardiology: Christiana Care, DE
  • Shahrooz Rashtak: Specialty: Gastroenterology: Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, MN

Continuity Clinic

Categorical residents will care for patients in one of two practice sites. Residents have an assigned panel of patients who they will follow throughout residency. When residents/interns are on medicine wards, they will get two to four clinics per block. When residents/interns are on MICU/CCU, they will not get any clinics. When residents/interns are on selectives, they will get four clinics per block. When residents/interns are on electives, they will get four clinics per block with the possibility of additional clinics.

  • University Medical and Surgery Clinic: This site is a part of the UNLV Medicine faculty practice plan. Residents are precepted by UNLV School of Medicine, general internal medicine faculty. This clinic primarily serves Southern Nevada’s underserved population.
  • Veterans Administration Southern Nevada Healthcare System: The experience provides residents with the opportunity to care for our nation’s veterans. General Internal Medicine faculty at the VA will precept these clinics.

How To Apply

Applicants must apply through ERAS only. No faxed or mailed applications will be accepted. Our program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Completed applications Include:

  • ERAS Application
  • USMLE official transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • 3 or 4 letters of recommendation
  • MSPE (Dean's letter)

Important Application Information

  • Applicants should score at least 200 on USMLE Step 1 and 2. Applicants who have more than one attempt on any USMLE Steps 1 or 2CK are unlikely to be considered.
  • We are currently not accepting applications on visa.
  • For Preliminary applicants, our NRMP number is 2028140P0
  • For Categorical applicants, our NRMP number is 2028140C0

Applicants with U.S Post Graduate Experience

Before accepting a resident from a preliminary year or categorical residency from another accredited training program (either from within the School of Medicine system or from an outside institution), a written verification of previous educational experience and an evaluation of past performance must be secured from the resident's current and/or previous program director(s). Such evaluation must include a milestone-based evaluation of the individual's performance in each of the requisite six core competencies.

Application Timeline

Our program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

September 15

Applicants can begin applying for Internal Medicine Residency.

November 30

Application Deadline. Please note applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

November 1 - January 3

Applicant interviews

Mid- March 16

Match Day!

Interview Day

Applicants will be contacted via email by the Program Coordinators if granted an interview.

Where to Stay

For more information on travel and lodging, please click here and scroll down to the "Travel" section. Please note that our institution does not pay for travel or hotel accommodations.

Where to Park on Interview Day

The School of Medicine building is a 6-story glass building between Wendy's and McDonald's. If you are traveling by air, please arrive the night before. If you drive, parking is available in the uncovered areas of the building parking lot.