Department of Medicine

Meet the Chief Residents

Drs. Jason Hom, Ilana Richman, and Philip Hall share a contagious enthusiasm for Stanford. As chief residents their responsibilities include teaching, administrative work, and attending on the wards at Stanford and the VA.  Each is most excited about having the opportunity to educate medical students through daily conferences such as Morning Report at the VA and Stanford. Administrative tasks involve coordinating schedules and attending program meetings to develop and improve the program. In addition, they help coordinate events during recruitment season, meet new applicants, and share their different perspectives about Stanford’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Jason Hom, MD

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the East Bay and have lived in the Bay Area my whole life. I decided to pursue medicine as a career because I love seeing patients and want to help people feel better.

What is important for residents to focus on?
Residency is extremely rewarding but also very challenging, particularly with regards to finding the appropriate work-life balance.  When we’re at work, it’s important for us to provide compassionate and effective patient care as well as to maximize our learning opportunities.  When we do have free time to spend with our family and friends, it’s important for us to unwind and take advantage of the multitude of outdoor activities, museums, sporting events, and amazing restaurants that the Bay Area offers.

Jason Hom Chief Resident 2013
Jason Hom, MD
Are there particular projects that you are working on?
I am part of the Stanford Opioid Working Group; we are working on ways to minimize narcotic abuse and diversion while providing an effective and multi-disciplinary approach to patients with chronic pain. 

I am also working on a research project related to medical education. 

What do you like best about the job of chief resident?
It is a privilege to be able to work with the medical students, interns, and residents at Stanford. The program directors are incredibly supportive and dedicated to making this the best residency program in the country. Our administrators are great to work with as well. 

What are your plans after chief residency?
I am very lucky to have the opportunity to stay at Stanford as one of the hospitalists.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to cook, run, and spend time with my 1 year-old son and wife.
Ilana Richman, MD

Where are you from?
I grew up in a rural town in upstate New York, far away from Palo Alto. A career in medicine appealed to me on a few different levels: first, it enables you to help people in a concrete way during a time of need. Beyond that, there are also opportunities to think about health and health care on a population level.

What is your goal as chief resident?
I think our primary goal as chief residents is to be a resource for our residents. Residency is a journey and we want to be there for our residents when times are good and when times are tough.  We also want to make the experience of residency as educational and fulfilling as possible. My other main goal is to be a good role model. When I was a resident, I really looked up to our chiefs who were incredible examples of smart, compassionate physicians. Those chiefs made me want to be a better resident through their example and their leadership. I hope to be able to do the same for the residents in our program now.
Ilana Richman Chief Resident 2013
Ilana Richman, MD

What are some of the challenges?
One of our roles is to serve as a link between residents and other stakeholders in the hospital including faculty, administration, and nursing.  I've come to appreciate that everyone in the hospital has the same goal, to practice top-notch medicine and to take outstanding care of our patients, but we all approach that goal from different perspectives.  Making resident voices heard in a complex organization like an academic medical center is an ongoing challenge but one that we embrace.

How would you improve the program?
There is a growing interest in general internal medicine and primary care both in our program and in Stanford Hospital as a whole. We've made strides over the years to improve the continuity clinic experiences and provide access to mentors and advisers in general internal medicine but I think the next few years will bring big developments and improvements in our primary care education here at Stanford.

What are your career goals?
After chief residency I am planning to do a fellowship in general internal medicine and health services research at the VA.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Run, road bike, hike, spend time with my husband and friends.

Philip Hall, MD

Where are you from?
I grew up in Cincinnati and went to medical school at Yale before coming out here to Stanford with my wife, one of the current OB/GYN residents. During my clinical rotations in medical school, I felt the most at home in medicine, and I enjoyed the challenges of taking care of chronically ill outpatients as well as acutely ill patients in the hospital setting. I also liked the balance between primary care and subspecialty medicine.

What are the strengths of the Stanford program?
There is excellent clinical training and incredible exposure to a wide variety of faculty members with diverse research interests. No matter what your interest is, you are likely to find a faculty member who shares your interest and is excited about working with residents. There is always someone working on something new and exciting, and everyone has been extremely approachable here from both a clinical teaching perspective and research perspective.

Philip Hall Chief Resident 2013
Philip Hall, MD

What message would you like to impart?
In my experience, the chief residents play an important role in setting the tone of the program and in helping interns and residents thrive on our clinical services, identify, and explore their interests, and come up with their career plans.  To the extent that I can help create that environment, as a welcoming and productive place for interns, residents, and medical students, I would say that is a success.

What are your plans going forward?
I am in the process of applying for subspecialty fellowship in cardiology. My wife is also applying for a fellowship in gynecologic oncology, and we will be trying to wind up in the same location.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

We like to take advantage of all the outdoor activities that California has to offer. We also enjoy local restaurants, sporting events, and the arts.


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