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Four Physicians Choose to Complete Training in Selma


SELMA – The Selma Family Medicine Rotation program is helping to train more doctors while expanding the local community’s access to health care.University of California, San Francisco-Fresno resident physicians care for patients under the guidance of local physician faculty members at the Adventist Health / Community Care - Selma Campus clinic and at Adventist Medical Center - Selma.

In addition to treating patients, the residents take the call and serve as first assists on surgeries and C-sections at the hospital while learning from a faculty made up of local general practitioners and specialists.

The new residents said they were attracted to the Selma program’s rural medicine and obstetric emphasis and the area’s critical need for family physicians.

Dr. Jusel Ruelan

Dr. Ruelan of Merced, Calif., chose to stay in the Valley to work in underserved communities.

“Extensive experience in Selma will help me prepare to work in rural communities both in the Valley and abroad,” she said.

Dr. Ruelan has worked internationally at a rural health center in the Philippines and was also involved in chronic fatigue syndrome research at Stanford University, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She earned her medical degree from the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.

Dr. Rashell Reynoso-Garza

Visalia native Dr. Reynoso-Garza also had a desire to practice where she grew up.

“I became a physician to help my community and help remedy the serious lack of physicians in the Central Valley,” she said.

Dr. Reynoso felt the Selma rotation program would allow her to learn the full spectrum of family medicine to better serve this area. 

She earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as an executive board member for a Latin American medical student organization, helping to coordinate free health fairs for the underserved community. She also studied microvascular dysfunction in burns for six years as a research associate.

Dr. Benjamin Huang

Dr. Huang of Alfred, N.Y., was drawn to Selma because of its similarity to the small town he grew up in.

“It felt very comfortable to me and had a family-like community,” he said. He’s hoping to gain rural health care experience in Selma, particularly in the field of pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. 

Dr. Huang earned his medical degree from the University at Buffalo in New York and chose to become a physician because “it is a job I love to wake up for in the morning,” he said.

Dr. Liana Milanes

Dr. Milanes grew up in Havana, Cuba, and Miami and chose to practice in Selma to gain rural clinic experience. 

“I look forward to the challenge of diagnosing diseases and empowering patients through education and disease prevention,” she said.

Dr. Milanes earned a medical degree from Ross University located in the West Indies. While in school, she trained with physicians at various hospitals in Florida, Ohio and Illinois, in addition to participating in an international scholar laureate program trip to India.