6 Transitional Year residents selected to join Hurley

By Alicia Ferguson

Welcome to the six new residents who are to join Hurley's Transitional Year Residency Training Program July 1, 2014. The program received 850 applications and interviewed 39, said Program Director Ghassan Bachuwa MD. Below are brief profiles about each.

Tagwa Khairalseed MD of Hurley Medical Center (2014)Tagwa Khairalseed MD

Tagwa Khairalseed MD is a graduate of Sinnar University College of Medicine in Sinnar, Sudan, where she won the Sinnar Faculty of Medicine Award in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery. During her volunteer experiences, she was part of a campaign dedicated to eradicating the transmission of malaria in Sinnar, and delivered presentations for women of low socioeconomic status, focusing on how to plan childbirth. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, baking and traveling. 

Suzette Luke MD of Hurley Medical Center, 2014Suzette Luke MD

Suzette Luke MD is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, as well as the Texan Medical Association. She has a wealth of volunteer experience and plans to join an ophthalmology residency once her Transitional Year is completed. Her hobbies include team sports, traveling, scuba diving, camping/hiking, snowboarding, running, cooking, and baking.

Arvindpaul Mangat MD of Hurley Medical CenterArvindpaul Mangat MD

Arvindpaul Mangat MD is a graduate of Poznan University of Medical Sciences Center for Medical Education in English in Poland. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, where he received a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology and genetics and was a four-time member of the Dean’s Honors List for outstanding academic achievement. He was involved in several research projects at the University of Guelph, participating in the development of a double-muscle porcine phenotype with the use of RNA interference, and independently planning, setting up and managing a laboratory for molecular biology research. Mangat is a nature and camping enthusiast. He has extensively traveled around India and Europe, and he is a trained percussionist. He will be joining Hurley Medical Center’s Transitional Year program along with his wife, Barbara Socha MD.

Dr. Burhan Mian of Hurley Medical CenterBurhan Mian MD

Burhan Mian MD is a graduate of Xinjiang Medical University in China and has experience with research and writing, with one paper published in a peer-reviewed journal. Mian also is the editor of the online Journal of Pakistan Medical Students and is editor-in-chief of Medicalopedia.org. His hobbies include coding, programming, web development, traveling and making new friends.

Dr. Barbara Socha of Hurley Medical CenterBarbara Socha MD 

Barbara Socha MD is a graduate of Poznan University of Medical Sciences Center for Medical Education in English in Poland, where she was awarded a university scholarship for achieving high grades during one of her academic years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, with a bachelor of science degree in biology. Socha participated in the study of gastropod mitochondrial DNA variation in space and time, and also with research about the physiology of z-disk proteins in cardiac muscle. Socha enjoys spending time in nature, hiking and camping.  She also enjoys long-distance running and biking, skiing and snowboarding.  She uses her free time to travel and discover new places and cultures. She has visited the Canadian tundra, 10 European countries, plus Mexico and India. She joins Hurley Medical Center’s Transitional Year program along with her husband, Arvindpaul Mangat MD.

Dr. Neha Tyagi of Hurley Medical Center (2014)Neha Tyagi MD

Neha Tyagi MD is a graduate of Subharti Medical College in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.  She is currently in a public health graduate program at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Tyagi has had vast volunteer experience, as well as observerships and research involvement at Hurley Medical Center. She coauthored one published article and has created several poster presentations for local and national conferences. Tyagi enjoys spending time with her family, which includes Hurley hospitalist Binay Kumar MD and two beautiful sons. She also plays tennis, ping pong and badminton, and she enjoys reading.


Alicia Ferguson is a member of the Transitional Year Residency Training Program staff.