This scholarship was established to recognize outstanding Chief Medical Residents and to provide them with an opportunity to assist teaching popular clinical skills workshops under the guidance and mentorship of expert faculty in the Clinical Skills Center, part of ACP’s Internal Medicine Meeting. The scholarship covers the cost of meeting registration, travel expenses, and accommodations to attend the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2023 which will be held April 27 – 29 in San Diego, CA.
The Clinical Skills Center provides hands-on, small group learning opportunities in the areas of communication, physical examination, and hospital and office-based procedural skills.
2023 Herbert S. Waxman Chief Resident Teaching Scholars
Simrun Bal, MD
Simrun Bal, MD is a Chief Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Dartmouth Health) in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Dr. Bal graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology, before working in community health prior to medical school. She attended medical school at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where she was selected as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. Upon earning her medical degree in 2019, she entered residency training in Internal Medicine (Primary Care) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. During her residency, Dr. Bal participated in the Global Health Equity Pathway and the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership Track. She is grateful to have received Excellence in Teaching Awards (2020, 2021, 2022) from the Department of Medicine throughout her residency and chief residency. She is passionate about addressing healthcare disparities and creating diverse, inclusive learning environments in medical education. She helped create a longitudinal health equity curriculum for residents during her chief year. Dr. Bal is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is excited to practice academic general internal medicine after the completion of her chief year. When not at work, Dr. Bal enjoys reading, exploring nature, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Michelle Sandoval Cabanas, MD
Michelle Sandoval Cabanas, MD is a Chief Resident and Academic Hospitalist at University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) and Cincinnati Childrens Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Sandoval Cabanas graduated with honors from University of New Mexico (UNM) with a dual B.S. in Biology & Biochemistry before pursuing medical school. Upon earning her medical degree from UNM School of Medicine, she entered residency training in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at UCMC. During her chief year, she received a Certificate in Leadership Development for Women Trainees as part of the American Medical Women’s Association and presented a workshop at AAIM on academic half day. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and will begin her work as a primary care doctor in July 2023. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 fur babies, kayaking, or playing volleyball.
Andrea Davis, MD
Andrea Davis, MD is a Chief Resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Dr. Davis graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of the Holy Cross where she majored in psychology with a concentration in public health policy. She then took part in the Johns Hopkins post-bac pre-med program and attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. During her residency, she became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2020). She also served as Co-Chair for the Housestaff Diversity and Inclusion Alliance (2021) and received the Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Award (2022). Dr. Davis is board certified in Internal Medicine and will begin fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado in July 2023. In her free time, Andrea enjoys checking out the Nashville restaurant scene, going for hikes with her husband and two dogs, and playing volleyball.
W. Grant Day, MD
W. Grant Day, MD is a Chief Resident and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Portsmouth, Virginia. Dr. Day graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2013, earning the Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship in 2011. Following two years of managing scribes in a Richmond emergency department, he returned home to Norfolk, VA to attend Eastern Virginia Medical School where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. After graduation in 2019, he began his active-duty service in the United States Navy when he entered Internal Medicine residency training at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. During his training, Dr. Day was the recipient of “Overall Command Intern of the Year” Award, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Department of Defense Patient Centeredness Award, and First Place for Original Research at the 2021 Tri-Service American College of Physicians Annual Meeting. Dr. Day is board certified in Internal Medicine and plans to pursue fellowship training following his chief year. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three-month old daughter, exercising, and playing guitar.
Steffi Hu, MD
Steffi Hu, MD is a Chief Resident and Academic Hospitalist at The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. Dr. Hu graduated from Rice University with a double major in Cognitive Sciences and Biological Sciences. She subsequently earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 2015 before entering residency training in Internal Medicine at UT Houston. During her residency, Dr. Hu was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Society and presented several research projects that were awarded first place at both regional and state ACP meetings. During her chief year, Dr. Hu restructured the Internal Medicine intern orientation and redesigned the peer mentorship program at her institution. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and will be starting as an Academic Hospitalist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2023. When not at work Dr. Hu, enjoys spending time traveling and exploring nature with her two dogs.
Husam Salah, MD
Husam Salah, MD is a Chief Resident and Instructor in Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Salah earned his medical degree with honors from Jordan University of Science and Technology and entered residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2019. During his residency, Dr. Salah was the recipient of the George L. Ackerman Award (the outstanding intern of the year) in 2020 and 1st Place in Doctor's Dilemma in the ACP Arkansas Chapter in 2021. Dr. Salah is board certified in Internal Medicine and will begin fellowship training in Cardiology at Duke University in July 2023. When not at work, he enjoys running, playing volleyball, and traveling.