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​​Preventive Medicine Residency Program

2021 - 2022 Residents

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Josh Hoffner, DO

Dr. Josh Hoffner is a first-year resident in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Preventive Medicine Residency Program (PMRP). He obtained his undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a Pre-Med focus from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee (TN) and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN. He completed his intern year and 2nd year in Family Medicine at Bluefield Family Medicine Residency in Bluefield, West Virgina. After his first residency program shut down due to financial strain from COVID and a recent merger, he transitioned to West Virginia University for his 3rd year of Family Medicine training. Beginning in medical school and continuing through residency, he has been involved in community health education through community programs and projects including hypertension, coronary artery disease, and diabetes management and health.  Through the residency program, Dr. Hoffner will earn his Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of California, Davis (UCD) and will complete his practicum training at the Yolo County Department of Public Health. He is interested in bridging the healthcare gap in rural communities for all patients due to inequalities of various types, including but not limited to racial, gender and socioeconomic disparities. He hopes to help advance healthcare technology to provide superior healthcare to rural communities and provide policies and programs in rural communities to help promote public health. 

Stipend and tuition supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies grant that funds the Public Health Priorities Track and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant.  

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Claudia Martin, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Claudia Martin is a first-year Preventive Medicine resident in the CDPH Preventive Medicine program. She is a board-certified Family Medicine doctor who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from California State University, Los Angeles in 2007 and her Medical Degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014. She completed her intern year and residency at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA in 2017. In 2019, Dr. Martin participated in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles and currently serves as a member of its Professional Advisory Board.  Throughout residency Dr. Martin led various community-based and clinical projects, including evaluation and integration of screening for postpartum depression in the Latina population. As a full-scope Family Medicine physician, Dr. Martin has been the primary care doctor for multiple families, allowing her to witness first-hand the impact of social determinants of health on healthcare outcomes.  The latter has broadened her vision of what Medicine entails, the meaning of health and social outcomes, and ultimately, the effect these have on a person's life. Her interest in working with the entire family unit, especially the child and adolescent population, led her to work as a school district physician after residency. She served as core faculty and directed the Community Medicine/Adolescent medicine resident rotation. Dr. Martin will be returning to UCLA where she will earn her MPH degree. She will be completing her practical training at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health. She is most enthusiastic about gaining the practical knowledge and becoming proficient in the field of public health to better address and advocate for her patients, as while advancing in her professional interests and career options in the field of Population Health.

Stipend and tuition supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies grant that funds the Public Health Priorities Track and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant.  

Priyanka Saxena portraitPriyanka Saxena, DO

Dr. Priyanka Saxena is a second-year Preventive Medicine resident in the CDPH Preventive Medicine Residency Program. She earned her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology with a minor in Education from University of California, Irvine. Dr. Saxena received her osteopathic medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences and completed her pediatric residency at University of Louisville. Her interest in working with the underserved population first began with her volunteer work in medical clinics during college and continued in medical school. During her pediatric residency, she further saw the direct impacts of disparities and barriers in the health care system on the well-being of her patients. Dr. Saxena received her MPH degree from UC Davis and her practicum projects were related to obesity prevention. Her first project assessed health worker engagement in community-based participatory research and the second involved evaluating nutrition and physical activity policies provided by early care and education sites throughout California.  She will be completing her practicum training at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Stipend and tuition supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies grant that funds the Public Health Priorities Track and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant.  

Sristi Sharma portraitSristi Sharma, MBBS, MPH

Dr. Sristi Sharma is a second-year Preventive Medicine resident in the CDPH Preventive Medicine Residency Program. She earned her MD degree from Sikkim Manipal University in India and completed her intern year in General Surgery at University of Colorado, Denver. In addition, Dr. Sharma has a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is an alum of Harvard Medical School's Program for Global Surgery and Social Change. When she began her career, Dr. Sharma was surprised to learn about inequity in access to surgical care globally.  Since then she has dedicated and expanded her career to study cause of inequity in healthcare domestically and internationally. Her work has led her to explore the role of telemedicine in providing equitable access to healthcare care among the underserved populations. She has worked with governments and hospital systems as a telehealth implementation consultant, working for her own consulting firm Synapse Healthcare LLC. During her residency program, Dr. Sharma will spend the majority of her time in the California Department of Healthcare Services' Enterprise Data and Information Management Division where she will explore the role of Medi-Cal telehealth services in providing healthcare to 13 million Californians. In addition, Dr. Sharma will work with Sacramento County of Public Health and Kaiser Permanente to provide clinical care, including COVID-19 related care, to the city's residents. Dr. Sharma is also academically active with her research at UC Davis focusing on the role of telehealth in providing care during the pandemic and beyond.

Stipend and tuition supported by the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant.  

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Cailey Simmons, MD

Cailey Simmons is a first-year resident in the CDPH PMRP. She is an Emergency Medicine physician who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience at Amherst College and her medical degree from Albany Medical College. After medical school, she completed her residency in emergency medicine at Mount Sinai and Elmhurst Hospitals in New York City. The socioeconomic and healthcare disparities that were evident throughout her training were brought more sharply into focus by the COVID-19 pandemic and lent new urgency to her desire to effect change on a population and systems-based level. She is excited to work toward her MPH degree at the University of California, Berkeley, to begin her practicum with the City of Berkeley Health Department, and to practice clinically in the Bay Area.

Stipend and tuition supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies grant that funds the Public Health Priorities Track and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant.  

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