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A Message from Program Director

Under the leadership of Drs. Leanne Forman and Neil Schluger, the Internal Medicine Residency Program of Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College is committed to providing outstanding training in Internal Medicine. Dr. Forman was appointed program director in 2017 after serving in leadership positions in the residency as the Section Chief and Director of Outpatient Medicine for more than ten years. Dr. Forman has more than 25 years of experience in graduate and undergraduate medical education at several distinguished institutions. She has consistently been recognized for excellence in teaching and contributions to the program. The program continuously strives to anticipate the needs of the physicians of today and tomorrow. The educational process focuses on the acquisition of medical knowledge, utilization of evidence, and development of clinical skills, as well as emerging practice patterns.

We motivate each house officer to embrace a critical and probing scientific attitude, along with a commitment to reducing health disparities. As a tertiary referral center, Westchester Medical Center is among the highest case mix index in the region. The Cardiology, Transplant, and Critical Care services care for patients from throughout the Hudson Valley. Our diverse patient population provides a robust clinical and educational experience for training physicians. House staff interacts with full-time faculty members from all divisions regularly for mentorship, didactics and clinical supervision. All mandatory training, including resident continuity clinic, is provided on site.

The university hospital shares a large picturesque campus with New York Medical College, including the schools of medicine, dentistry, graduate school of basic medical sciences, and school of health sciences. This close proximity provides integration of medical student education as well as numerous teaching and precepting opportunities for the house staff. The medical school has a new translational research center that provides the infrastructure to conduct high quality research by utilizing the resources offered by New York Medical College and clinical investigators at Westchester Medical Center.

Recent enhancements to the program include the creation of a Director of Research for the Division of Internal Medicine. The position is held by Dr. Christopher Nabors, who has received national recognition for his quality and safety projects, which have led to many scholarly projects for the department. New educational venues include telemedicine, a formal point-of-care ultrasound training program, and increased use of the simulation center. Hospital-wide initiatives to advance safety and quality improvement include the expansion of a telehealth unit and increased collaboration with the quality improvement department.

Fellowships are available in all approved areas of subspecialty training at the Medical Center, and WMC house staff are highly successful at obtaining fellowships of their choice at the medical center and throughout the country. Please be sure to take a look at the fellowship placement of our program graduates on the "Graduate Fellowship Placement" tab.

Program Leadership

 

Leanne Forman, MD
Program Director
Jason Goutis, MD
Associate Program Director
Christopher Nabors, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director
Research Director

Merita Shehu, MD
Associate Program Director

 

Educational Program Liaisons

Neurology

Ronald Cho, MD

Dr. Ronald Cho is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College and serves as the Neurology Educational Liaison. He graduated from Cornell University, attended Texas Tech Medical School and completed his internal medicine residency at UTHSC at San Antonio. He has practiced medicine in a variety of settings for the past 19 years, primarily as a hospitalist.

Dr. Cho has won numerous teaching awards and was inducted into AOA as a faculty member. He is passionate about teaching house staff how to become better physicians by honing their clinical skills and supporting them during their educational experience. He serves as mentor to numerous medicine residents in addition to the Neurology categorical base interns.

Anesthesiology

Neal Shah, MD

Dr. Shah is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, part of the teaching faculty here at Westchester. He completed his residency at Drexel University followed by serving as faculty at Temple University. Dr. Shah also serves as the Internal Medicine liaison for the categorical anesthesia residents.



Program Overview and Curriculum

Program Structure

 

2020-2021

2021-2022

2022-2023

2023-2024

PGY-1
Categorical

18*

20*

20*

20*

PGY-1
Preliminary

8**

1**

0

0

Anesthesiology
Categorical Base Year

5

10

10

10

Neurology
Categorical Base Year

3

3

3

3

PGY-2

18

18

20

20

PGY-3

18

18

18

20

Chief Residents

3

3

3

3


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net gain of three residents by AY 2023-2024
*1 Categorical Shabbos position available each year
**1 Preliminary Shabbos position available through 2021-2022

Our program follows a 6 + 2 schedule (6 weeks inpatient; 2 weeks ambulatory).

Currently all ambulatory rotations are on-site.

PGY-I (Categorical) Yearly Schedule:

  • Eight to ten weeks Medicine
  • Four to six weeks Specialty floors    
  • Six to eight weeks Intensive Care Unit
  • Eight to ten weeks Elective
  • Eight weeks Night Medicine
  • 13 weeks Ambulatory Clinic and QI/Telemedicine
  • Four weeks of Vacation
  • Two weeks ER

PGY-I (Preliminary)

  • 18-24 weeks Medicine/Specialty floors
  • Eight weeks Intensive Care Unit/CCU
  • 12-14 weeks Elective
  • Six to eight weeks Night Medicine
  • Four weeks of Vacation
  • Preliminary program tailored to meet advanced program requirements.

PGY II

  • 10-12 weeks general floors/specialty floors
  • Eight to ten weeks Elective
  • Two to four weeks ICU
  • Four to six weeks Night Float
  • 12-14 weeks Ambulatory Clinic and QI/Telemedicine
  • Two to four weeks Medicine Consults
  • Four weeks of Vacation

PGY III

  • Eight to ten weeks Electives
  • 10-11 weeks Ambulatory Clinic
  • Six to eight weeks ICU / Consults
  • Six to eight weeks ICU Night Float
  • Six to eight weeks Medicine Admitting Resident
  • Four weeks of Vacation
  • Six to eight weeks General Floors

A Typical Day on the Floors
  7:00 a.m.    Morning Sign-in
  7:15 a.m.    Morning Report (on Thursday)
  8:00 a.m.    Hospitalist Team Bedside Rounds
12:30 p.m.    Noon Conference
  1:30 p.m.    Patient Care
  5:00 p.m.    Sign-out

Floors
Weekends, Call and Night Float

Floor Call
On weekdays every 4th night from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Floor Night Float
Six nights/week from 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. (Mon. – Sun.)

Ancillary Services

  • 24/7 phlebotomy shifts
  • IVs & PICC/midlines by trained nurses
  • EKG technicians 24/7
  • Patient transport support

Conference & Didactics
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. dedicated to resident lectures every day. Primary focus of the curriculum is to prepare residents for ABIM boards and to equip them to be mature and confident clinicians. Didactics comprises four-week blocks of each subject throughout the academic year, covering all core subjects for board preparation. This also includes weekly board review sessions run by the Chief Resident.

Residents have protected didactic experiences one half-day per week during each ambulatory rotation.

Subscription to NEJM 360 Knowledge+ provided by institution for PGY2 and PGY3 residents.

Grand rounds (Wednesdays)
On Wednesdays, we have departmental grand rounds from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. for all PGY levels where distinguished guests present topics of interest and engage with the house staff and faculty in scholastic discussions.

Critical care rounds (Fridays)
Weekly critical care rounds take place from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. where ICU residents from the CCU or Medical ICU present interesting cases, moderated by critical care attendings.

Chair Rounds (Fridays)
Weekly chairperson rounds take place in the main hospital from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. where an on-call intern presents an interesting case from the floors, moderated by Dr. Schluger and faculty.

Know About Kidneys (Fridays)
Monthly kidney rounds with Nephrology Program Director, Dr. Savneek Chugh take place on the last Friday of every month from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The resident on call on the Medicine floor presents an interesting renal case and Dr. Chugh goes over systemic approach towards the case.

M&M (Fridays)
Monthly rounds with program leadership to discuss cases identified by chief residents.

Clinical Skills Education
Our educational simulation experiences include utilization of the state of the art New York Medical College Simulation Center and the Westchester Medical Center Surgical Skills Lab.


Our Residents

Department of Medicine Residency Program: Chief Residents

2020-2021 Chief Residents

Firas Jafri, MBBS

Firas is from Karachi, Pakistan. He spent his childhood in Saudia Arabia and later moved to Pakistan to complete his medical education at Jinnah Medical and Dental college. His desire to pursue a career in the United States lured him into research from early in his career. After graduation he came to Westchester Medical Center as a research coordinator in the department of Hematology and Oncology. He then decided to pursue his medicine residency here with us, and now he is one of our Chief Medical Residents.

Firas is interested in benign and malignant hematology and anticoagulation. He is well published with manuscripts in high impact journals. During the course of his residency he has published manuscripts, abstract, case reports, review articles and book chapters, and is now actively involved in mentoring the junior residents. Firas wants to see himself as a heme oncologist in an academic setting.

He lives with his lovely wife and a daughter in Valhalla. Inspired by his father, he enjoys reading about history, mainly of the subcontinent region. He is fond of traveling and automobiles. Firas utilized his time during residency to travel and explore 12 different national parks in the United States.

Jagjit Khosla, MBBS

Dr. Jagjit Khosla was born and raised in the historic city of New Delhi, the capital of India. During the final year of medical school, he was selected for electives at Massachusetts General Hospital, which inspired him towards the American healthcare system. After completing medical school at the prestigious University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, Dr. Khosla worked as a junior resident doctor and then moved to the United States. He was moved by the beauty of the heavenly Hudson River Valley and chose to stay at Westchester Medical Center for residency in medicine. During residency, he was known for his hard work, professionalism and trustworthiness, and was rightfully awarded the “Clinical Excellence Award” for providing exceptional patient care. Patients loved his calm disposition at work, and fondly called him “Dr. Jags.” He was especially engaged in the teaching activities as NYMC preceptor, doing didactic sessions, QI projects, and has been known for excellent PowerPoint skills.

Dr. Khosla was elected to be a chief medical resident for his inherent leadership qualities. He enjoys academic writing and has worked on writing a book chapter, literature reviews, abstracts, and posters. As chief resident, he is spearheading the reforms in didactic education of the residents and working closely with NYMC to enhance medical student education. He is also an active member of numerous hospital committees, including Code and Resuscitation Committee, Peer Review Committee, and Clinical Competency Committee.

During his spare time, he loves to explore new places with his beautiful wife and enjoys reading motivational/self-development books. Being tech-savvy, you may find him troubleshooting someone’s PC or Android phone during his free time. His future goal is to be a heart failure specialist, and we wish him all the very best for his future endeavours.

Anila Kumar, DO

Dr. Kumar was born and raised in New Jersey, where she enjoyed summers on the shore. She also lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a few years, which sparked her lifelong interest in traveling and exploring. She completed undergrad at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where she found medicine as the way to combine her natural curiosity about science and her deep sense of compassion, leading her back to her home state for medical school. She attended Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to finish internal medicine training at Westchester Medical Center. Here, she was recognized for her hard-work, leadership, and research accolades by being honored with the “Best Research Project Poster Presentation Award on ‘Determinants of Primary healthcare utilization among LGBT individuals in Westchester County,’” as well as the “Best Clinic PGY-III” award. She was also selected to be a preceptor for MS1 and MS2 New York Medical College students under the Doctors Across New York (DANY) grant. Additionally, she presented several posters at national conferences such as the American College of Gastroenterology and American College of Physicians.

She was appointed as Chief Medical Resident where she organizes Grand Rounds, mentors residents and medical students, precepts at clinic and works to promote the social well being of the program. She hopes to continue this trend through a career in gastroenterology and hepatology. When Anila is not at the hospital, she can either be found reading by the Hudson, hiking a new mountain, traveling or spending time with her family and friends.


PL1 Categorical Residents


Basha Behrman, MD
New York Medical College


Rebekah Cesar, MD
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine


Lillian Chang, MD
University of Vermont College of Medicine


Makeda Dawkins, MD
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine


Kelly DeToy, MD
Stony Brook University School of Medicine


Jared Feldman, DO
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michelle Kantarovich, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

David Kastrinsky, MD
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell


Natanel Khaitov, MD
Technion Israel Institute of Technology



Sungsoo Kim, MD
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine



Kelsey McManus, MB BCh BAO
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Juliet Meir, MD
Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University

 


Robin Ochei, MD
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

 


Alexander Ogilvy, MD
New York Medical College

 


Jay Patel, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

 


Areen Pitaktong, MD
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

 


Joseph Quintas, MD
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

 


Avisha Shah, MD
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

 
   

PL1 Preliminary Residents


Khaled Aziz, MD PhD
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Danielle Emmet, DO
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California 

Christopher Ibabao, MD
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
 

Hwajin Lee, MD
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Elana Pauls, MD
New York Medical College 

Tania Schiff, MD
New York Medical College







PL2 Categorical Residents


William Assante, MD
New York Medical College

 


Glory Atuh, MD
New York Medical College

 


Daniel Greenberg, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

 


Urvashi Hooda, MBBS
All-India Institute of Medical Sciences

 


Chengyue Jin, MD
Peking University Health Science Center

 


Justin Konig, MD
Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

 


Bo Li, MD
University of Toledo College of Medicine


Michael Lichtbroun, MD
Sackler School of Medicine


Zilan Lin, MD
Medical University of South Carolina


Liana Michaud, DO
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine


Gaspar Miranda, MD
Escuela Autónoma de Ciencias Médicas de Centro América

 


Fareena Nawaz, MD
University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


Victor Paulose, MD
SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine


Daniel Peneyra, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine


Robert Pollock, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University


Russell Rozario, MD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

 


Aaron Schluger, MD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


Matthew Seplowe, DO
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine


Abhinaya Sridhar, MBBS
Kasturba Medical College Mangalore


Rathnamitreyee Vegunta, MD
Katuri Medical College, Guntur


PL3 Categorical Residents


Sara Akbar, MBBS
Aga Khan University Medical College

 


Michael Broker, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Michael Chen, MD
Penn State University College of Medicine

Neha Deval, MBBS
Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad 

Nikhil Govil, DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine


Lawrence Huang, DO
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

 


Anant Jain, MBBS
Government Medical College Amritsar


Dennis John, MD
New York Medical College

Woo Young Kim, MD
Korea University College of Medicine


Levy Jo Manuntag, MD
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

  


Berhanemeskel Nesketa, MD
Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences 


Monica Fabiola Nogueira Cordeiro, MD
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Faculdade de Medicina

 


Leonardo Zelaya Castillo, MD
Universidad Católica de Honduras Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz Facultad en Ciencias de la Salud 
 


Aditi Sen, MBBS
Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Government Medical College

 


Kowshik Sen, DO
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Zhong Zheng, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine  

Yangsheng Zhou, DO
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine  
 


Graduate Fellowship Placement

Congratulations to our class of 2021! The following positions were secured in this year’s match by our 3rd year and chief residents:

Cardiology

University of Oklahoma

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center

Gastroenterology

Westchester Medical Center

Hematology and Medical Oncology

North Shore University / Long Island Jewish Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Nephrology

Baylor College of Medicine

 

New York University

 

University of Washington-Seattle

Pulmonary / Critical Care Medicine

Westchester Medical Center

Rheumatology

Loma Linda University

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellowship Matches 2016 - 2020

Specialty

Location

Allergy and Immunology

Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, NJ

Cardiology

Lehigh Valley, PA

Cardiology

Loma Linda University, CA

Cardiology

Montefiore Hospital, NY

Cardiology

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, NJ

Cardiology

Tulane University, LA

Cardiology

Tulane University, LA

Cardiology

Westchester Medical Center

Cardiology

Westchester Medical Center

Cardiology

Westchester Medical Center

Cardiology

Westchester Medical Center

Cardiology Research 

Kansas Medical Center

Clinical Nutrition

Cleveland Clinic, OH

Endocrinology

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, NH

Endocrinology

University of Alabama @ Birmingham

Gastroenterology

Henry Ford Hospital, MI

Gastroenterology

University of Connecticut

Gastroenterology

University of Iowa

Gastroenterology

Westchester Medical Center

Gastroenterology

Westchester Medical Center

Gastroenterology

Westchester Medical Center

Gastroenterology

William Beaumont, MI 

Heal Initiative 

University of California-San Francisco

Hematology and Medical Oncology

Baylor, TX

Hematology and Medical Oncology

Westchester Medical Center

Hematology and Medical Oncology

Westchester Medical Center

Hematology and Medical Oncology

Westchester Medical Center

Hematology and Oncology

University of Vermont, VT

Infectious Diseases

Northwell Health, NY

Infectious Diseases

Westchester Medical Center

Medical Education

Boston University, MA

Nephrology

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, MA

Nephrology

Massachusetts General Hospital, MA

Nephrology

Westchester Medical Center

Nephrology

Westchester Medical Center

Pulmonary Critical Care

New York Presbyterian Hospital-Queens

Pulmonary Critical Care

St. Louis University

Pulmonary Critical Care

Westchester Medical Center

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Albany Medical Center, NY

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Mayo Clinic, AZ

Rheumatology

University of Connecticut

Rheumatology

University of Southern California, CA

Rheumatology

Washington University in St. Louis

Rheumatology

Westchester Medical Center

 

Chief Resident Placement

2015

 

Prakash Harikrishnan
Westchester Medical Center | Cardiology

Dhaval Kolte
Brown University | Cardiology
Massachusetts General Hospital | Interventional & Structural Cardiology

Abdallah Sanaani
Westchester Medical Center | Cardiology

2016

 

Tanush Gupta
Montefiore/Albert Einstein Hospital | Cardiology
Columbia University Interventional | Cardiology
Houston Methodist Hospital | Structural Interventions

Marjan Mujib
Brown University | Cardiology

Neha Maria Paul
University of Texas at Houston | Cardiology

2017

 

Dennis Roarke
Northshore LIJ Health System | Faculty

Rahul Sao
University of Connecticut | Gastroenterology

John Savooji
Westchester Medical Center | Hematology and Medical Oncology

2018

 

Khwaja Haq
            Henry Ford Health System | Gastroenterology
Stony Brook University Hospital | Advanced Endoscopy

Katherine Linder
Baylor University | Hematology and Medical Oncology

Srikanth Yandrapalli
Massachusetts General Hospital | Interventional Cardiology

2019

Gabriela Andries
Newark Beth Israel Hospital | Cardiology

Zahava Farkas
            Westchester Medical Center | Gastroenterology

Michael Karass
            NY Presbyterian-Queens Hospital | Pulmonary/Critical Care

2020

Joanna Blanco
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center | Primary Care

Shikha Broker
Atlantic Air Regional Hospital | Primary Care

Alina Kifayat
Westchester Medical Center | Rheumatology



Faculty

Neil W. Schluger, MD | Director, Department of Medicine

Neil W. Schluger is the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at New York Medical College and Director of the Department of Medicine at Westchester Medical Center.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Schluger has focused on tuberculosis and global aspects of lung health, with a strong public health orientation. His work in TB has centered on epidemiology, novel diagnostics and new treatments for latent and active tuberculosis. His work on global lung health centers on the effect of air quality on health, the need to build a physician workforce in low and middle-income countries, and raising awareness of the global drivers of lung disease including tobacco and air pollution. He has been a principal investigator in the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium, an international collaboration sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 25 years and was the Chairman of the consortium from 2000-2016. He is also co-editor and a co-author of The Tobacco Atlas, the definitive work describing the extent and consequences of the global epidemic of tobacco use, published by Vital Strategies and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Schluger is a founder and director of the East Africa Training Initiative in Pulmonary Medicine. Through this program, based at Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) Specialized Hospital in Addis Ababa and the Addis Ababa University School of Medicine, the first generation of pulmonary physicians in Ethiopia has been trained and an academically oriented pulmonary division has been established at Ethiopia’s leading public hospital. He also serves as Senior Advisor for Science at Vital Strategies, a global not-for-profit organization devoted to public health issues.

Dr. Schluger was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 2003. He is the author of over 180 articles, chapters and books, and his work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, Lancet Respiratory Medicine and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, among other leading journals. He is an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine. Dr. Schluger is a past-president of the American Lung Association of New York.

Prior to coming to New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center, Dr. Schluger was Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. At the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia he was also co-director of the Programs in Education in Global and Population Health.

Dr. Schluger was born and raised in New York City. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He lives in Westchester County with his wife, Dr. Leona Kim Schluger.

General Medicine Faculty

Hospitalists

Ronald Cho, MD

Leanne Forman, MD

Richard Gil, MD