Current Residents

Class of 2021
Mason Heywood
St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada

Dr. Mason Heywood grew up in the small community of Magna, Utah. He spent several years working in medical research in the field of Pediatric Cardiology before going back to school to obtain his medical degree from St. George’s University on the island of Grenada, and completed his clinical rotations in Paterson, New Jersey.

Dr. Heywood chose Family Medicine with a career goal to settle in a rural community and be a resource for health and wellness for patients of all ages. He is excited to complete his residency in Silver City and its surrounding towns and looks forward to working with the amazing people of Hidalgo Medical Services.

James Shen
Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. James T. Shen was born and raised in Southern California. He has been interested in medicine from his earliest memories. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences, he went on to earn his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Shen finished a surgical internship before starting military service. From 2014 to 2018, he served with Air Force Special Operations Command as a Special Operations Forces Medical Element (SOFME) Flight Surgeon. He has deployed three times to various parts of the world providing care to US and coalition troops as well as local underserved civilians. He is excited to be a part of the Family Medicine Residency and is looking forward to building relationships with and learning from his instructors, fellow residents, and patients.

Class of 2022
Philip Manzano
Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica

Dr. Manzano received his M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine. He chose Family Medicine because of his personal experience of contracting Dengue Fever (twice!) as a child and almost dying each time. He cites the experience as what really drove him into pursuing rural medicine as it gave him “an appreciation and perspective of what it meant to put on the patient gown.” He credits his life being saved “because someone decided to go into primary care and I would like to dedicate my life doing the same.”

Dr. Manzano chose HMS and Silver City because of the people, the city, and the “wonderful staff at HMS”. He states that “from the day I first interviewed, I felt the warmth and nurturing environment in the program and I truly wanted to be a part of it.”

Erica Palin
Meharry Medical College

Dr. Erica Palin, M.D. is from the rural county of Lancaster, Virginia. Since she was young, Dr. Palin has always wanted to become a physician; inspired by the physicians from her small town who always took part in the local community where she grew up. From being part of the Medical Explorers Post in high school to raising funds for local soup kitchen with the American Latino Medical Association in medical school, Dr. Palin has always wanted to do what she could to help others around her. “I am very excited to become part of this program. Its mission, purpose and people are all something that I very much want to be a part of.”

Class of 2023
Temitope Ade-Oshifogun
University of Ghana School of Medicine & Dentistry

Dr. Temitope Ade-Oshifogun was born in Nigeria and raised in Matteson, IL which is a suburb south of the city of Chicago. He attended high school in Richton Park, IL and later received a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Ade-Oshifogun earned his medical degree from the University of Ghana School of Medicine & Dentistry where he graduated in July 2016. While in medical school Dr. Ade-Oshifogun worked in several rural communities where he was the first point of contact for the community. It was at this point that Dr. Ade-Oshifogun found a love for working in rural areas and giving back to the community. After medical school he began working in the emergency room as well as tutoring students to help them pass their medical licensing exams. He is married to his wife and the couple loves traveling and sight-seeing. Coming to New Mexico is a new adventure for the couple where they look forward to exploring and making New Mexico their new home.

Bryan Messenger
St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada

Dr. Bryan Messenger was born in Colorado Springs, and raised in Provo, UT. Dr. Bryan has wanted to be a physician ever since he was six years old. He has a kind and genuine heart, and is always finding ways to help others before helping himself. Dr. Bryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sciences from the University of Utah, and he attended medical school at St. George’s University on the island of Grenada, finishing his medical rotations in the beautiful “Garden State” of New Jersey. His love for medicine grew while living in Grenada. It was there that his eyes were opened to the medical limitations in rural communities; including not having access to the latest equipment, immediate care, or imperative laboratory tests.

He is excited for the opportunities that await him as a resident at Hidalgo Medical Services. He believes it will give him the education and experience he needs to help anybody anywhere. Family Medicine excites him because he feels it will allow him to learn how to serve patients of all ages in a myriad of situations, circumstances, and stages. Dr. Bryan is a loving and devoted husband and father of seven children. He and his family are looking forward to living in New Mexico and soaking up the sun and adventures the beautiful Southwest has to offer!