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A Message from Our 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.

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.

The Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Westchester Medical Center follows our institutional commitment to foster diverse and inclusive environments that support personal and professional growth. We adhere to the AAMC best practices for recruitment with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and we welcome applications from all backgrounds. Our recruitment process ensures that all underrepresented groups are given equal opportunities. Our program directly collaborates with the Chancellor of Diversity at New York Medical College in our ongoing efforts to provide an inclusive environment for our trainees throughout the course of residency. Westchester Medical Center provides many development and wellness opportunities including a variety of diversity and inclusion topics for our faculty and trainees.


Program Overview and Curriculum

Program Structure

 

2021-2022

2022-2023

2023-2024

PGY-1
Categorical

20*

20*

20*

PGY-1
Preliminary

1**

0

0

Anesthesiology
Categorical Base Year

10

10

10

Neurology
Categorical Base Year

3

3

3

PGY-2

18

20

20

PGY-3

18

18

20

Chief Residents

3

3

3


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Net gain of three residents by AY 2023-2024

2 Categorical Shabbos position available each year

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

PGY-I (Categorical) Yearly Schedule:

  • Ten to 14 weeks Medicine floors
  • Four to six weeks Specialty floors (Transplant and General Cardiology Floors) 
  • Four to six weeks Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
  • Two to four weeks of Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
  • Four to six weeks of Elective
  • Four to six weeks Night Float 
  • Ten to 12 weeks Ambulatory Clinic
  • Four weeks of Vacation
  • One to two weeks Jeopardy

PGY II

  • Four to eight weeks general floors
  • Two to eight weeks specialty floors (Transplant or GCS services)
  • Eight to 10 weeks Elective
  • Two to four weeks ICU
  • Two to four weeks CCU
  • Six to eight weeks Night Float / CCU Night Float / ICU Night Float
  • Ten to 12 weeks Ambulatory Clinic
  • Two to four weeks Medicine Consults
  • Four weeks of Vacation
  • One to two weeks Jeopardy

PGY III

  • Eight to 10weeks general floors
  • Two to four weeks specialty floors (Oncology service)
  • Eight to 10 weeks Elective
  • Two to four weeks ICU
  • Four to six Night Float / ICU Night Float
  • Eight to 12 weeks Ambulatory Clinic
  • Two to four weeks ICU Consults
  • Four weeks of Vacation
  • Four to eight weeks Medicine Admitting Resident
  • One to two weeks Jeopardy

A Typical Day on the Floors
 7 a.m. Morning Sign-in
 7:30 a.m. Morning Report (on Tuesday and Thursday)
 9 a.m. Hospitalist Team Bedside Rounds
 12:30 p.m. Senior Noon Conference (*PGY1 Didactic Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
 1:30 p.m. Patient Care
 5 p.m. Sign-out

Floor Call
On weekdays every fourth night from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Floor Night Float
Six nights/week from 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. (Monday – Sunday)

Ancillary Services

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

Conference & Didactics
There is protected didactic time from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. every day. 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. is for PGY1s and medical students and 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. is for PGY2s and PGY3s. The didactic are scheduled in topic blocks and provided by subspecialists to facilitate structured approach to reading and board preparation. 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.

All lectures are presented in person and virtually. They are also recorded and archived for future viewing opportunities.  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

2022-2023 Chief Residents

Liana Michaud, DO
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine   

Aaron Schluger, MD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons   

 

Matthew Seplowe, DO
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine   

 

PL3 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


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


Luis Lopez, MD
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud


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

 
   

PL2 Categorical Residents

Fatima Aguilar, DO 
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Yagya Ahlawat, MBBS Maulana
Azad Medical College

Hamad Ahmad, MBBS
Khyber Medical College

Dennis Boyle, MD
Sackler School of Medicine

Subo Dey, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

Michael Dolan, MD
SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

 

David Elson, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

 

Andre Esteves, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 

Tzvi Fishkin, MD
New York Medical College

Gabriel Heering, MD
Sackler School of Medicine

Katerina Jurkoshek, DO
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Rohan Kapur, MBBS
Kasturba Medical College Mangalore

 

Natnael Kenea, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine

 

Menasche Krupka, MD
New York Medical College

 


Matthew Mcmaster, DO
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)


Nirali Sanghavi, MBBS
Topiwala National Medical College  

Sarah Subhan, MBBS
Khyber Medical College

 

Andy Wang, MD
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

 

Alec Weber, MD
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

 


Michael Yan, MD
West Virginia University School of Medicine

 

Allen Zeng, MD
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

 

 

 

 


PL1 Categorical Residents

Corey Benjamin, MD
Eastern Virginia Medical School of the Medical College of Hampton Roads

Ryan Cheikhali, MD
Morehouse School of Medicine

Tolison Fowler, MD
Creighton University School of Medicine

Jeff Gao, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Aatif Khurshid, MD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Dana Krinsky, MD
New York Medical College

Alexander Levstik, MBBCh
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine 

Malavika Mehta, MD
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Edmund Naami, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Mohamed Nasereldin, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Chisom Okezue, MD
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Sreshta Paranji, MD
Albany Medical College

Vihanga Perera, MD
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)

Pritika Sharma, MBBS
Government Medical College Amritsar

Jesse Silverman, MD
New York Medical College

Yaakov Spira, MD
New York Medical College

Wei Tang, MD
Zhejiang University School of Medicine

Kassidy Veasaw, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Katia Vernord, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine

Patrick Yang, MD
Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

 

PL1 Preliminary Residents

Demetrios Papademetriou, MD
Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave, Lekárska Fakulta

Arushika Yedla, MBBS
Kasturba Medical College Mangalore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Graduate Fellowship Placement

Fellowship Matches 2016 - 2022

Allergy and Immunology
Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School

Cardiology-Cardiovascular Disease
Brown University
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Montefiore/Albert Einstein Hospital
University of Miami Health System
Maimonides Hospital
Methodist Hospital
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Loma Linda University
Montefiore Hospital
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Tulane University
Tulane University
University of Oklahoma
University of Texas at Houston
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center

Cardiology-Interventional
Columbia University

Cardiology-Research
Kansas Medical Center

Cardiology-Structural Interventions
Houston Methodist Hospital

Clinical Nutrition
Cleveland Clinic

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Gastroenterology
Henry Ford Health
Oakland University William Beaumont
University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut
University of Iowa
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center

Gastroenterology-Advanced Endoscopy
Stony Brook University Hospital

Heal Initiative
University of California-SF

Hematology & Medical Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Northwell Health
North Shore University / Long Island Jewish Medical Center
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
University of Vermont
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center

Medical Education
Boston University

Nephrology
Baylor College of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Icahn School of Medicine @ Mount Sinai
Massachusetts General Hospital
New York University
University of Washington-Seattle
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Albany Medical College
Mayo Clinic-AZ
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Queens
Spectrum Health @ Michigan State University
Saint Louis University
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center

Rheumatology
Loma Linda University 
University of Connecticut
University of Southern California
Washington University in St. Louis
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center
Westchester Medical Center


Program Leadership

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.

Leanne Forman, MD Program Director

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.

Jason Goutis, MD Associate Program Director

After majoring in Biochemistry at Tufts University and obtaining a master’s degree in Physiology from Georgetown University, Dr. Goutis attended medical school at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. He completed a required fifth year through New York Medical College, after which he completed his residency in internal medicine at Westchester Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Goutis joined the faculty at WMC and currently is involved in supervising and teaching residents primarily in the outpatient continuity clinic. He is the Director of the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program for internal medicine, as well as the Chair of the Quality Assurance Process Improvement Committee. He also has special interest in global medicine and medical missions.

Christopher Nabors, MD, PhD Associate Program Director, Research Director

Christopher Nabors is Associate Residency Program Director and the Director of Research for General Internal Medicine. He has led a variety of patient safety, quality improvement and research initiatives. His work related to handoff communications led to regional and national awards.

Ramachandra Reddy, MD Associate Program Director

Dr. Ramachandra Reddy graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2016 and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital where he was named Educator of the Year due to his excellence in medical student and resident education. He then completed a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at New York University where he was named as Fellow of the Year twice for his outstanding clinical skills. He has been nominated to the Gold Humanism Honor Society for his compassionate patient care.
 
Throughout his training Dr. Reddy has demonstrated expertise in medical education by providing lectures, serving as a tutor for step exams and developing curricula at both student and resident levels including one that was presented at a national conference. He is passionate about medical education and in his new role as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency he will serve as a strong liaison and educational coordinator for both the Hematology/Oncology fellows and medicine house staff.

Latif Salam, MD Associate Program Director

Dr. Latif Salam holds a position of Attending Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Before coming to Westchester Medical Center, Dr. Salam served as teaching faculty at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, NY where he spent the last seven years as an Academic Hospitalist in the Department of Medicine. He was a member of the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Admissions & Interview Committee. He has received multiple prestigious awards including Teacher of the Year in recognition of his dedication to teaching and academic medicine. Dr. Salam completed his Internal Medicine Residency Training at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Salam holds strong interest in healthcare disparity amongst minorities and in mentorship of medical students interested in Internal Medicine specialty. 

Merita Shehu, MD Associate Program Director

Dr. Shehu graduated at University of Tirana in Albania where she finished adult Cardiology fellowship as well. She practiced for more than a decade as cardiologist in the Cardiothoracic Center of the  University Hospital and had a subspecialty training in German Heart Center in Berlin for congenital heart disease. She also graduated from University of Florence in Italy where she practiced as internist and did research in Cardiology near Careggi Hospital in Florence. The results of her research have been presented in many international events and publications.

After immigrating in United States she finished her Internal Medicine Residency training in Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn NY and is practicing as internist for a decade. She is interested in education, clinical research  and quality projects. As associate program director she have been mentoring our preliminary interns. She believes that every resident in training and every patient is unique. Dr. Shehu have been appreciated by NYMC for her work as preceptor of NYMC students and Internal medicine residency program for mentoring and participating actively in medical resident education.

Andrea Porrovecchio, MD, FACP Section Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Westchester Medical Center Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Dr. Porrovecchio completed her medical degree from New York Medical College in June 2002. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Keesler Medical Center in June 2005 while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force. She was recruited to join the faculty at the Montefiore/Einstein in the Division of Hospital Medicine as an academic hospitalist after completing her active duty commitment to the USAF in 2008. She held multiple leadership roles there including Director of the Medical Service and the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at the Wakefield Campus. She came to Westchester Medical Center as the Section Chief for General Internal Medicine in September 2020. Her interests include Quality and Process Improvement and Point of Care Ultrasound.

 

Reena Agarwal, MD, MPH Director, Adult Ambulatory Care Clinic Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Dr. Agarwal is a graduate of Brown University and Rutgers Medical School. She is trained in Internal Medicine as well as Preventive Medicine/Public Health and has an extensive background in quality improvement. As Medical Director of the Adult Primary Care Clinic she is responsible for the residents’ continuity ambulatory experience. Dr. Agarwal has spent her career as a primary care provider, both treating patients as well as teaching residents and medical students. She is dedicated to training the next generation of providers in providing excellent patient centered and evidence based care.

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.

 

General Medicine Faculty

Hospitalists

Andrea Porrovecchio, MD, FACP
Section Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Westchester Medical Center Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Ronald Cho, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Aditi Desai, MD

Leanne Forman, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Richard Gil, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Randy Goldberg, MD, MPH, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Jason Goutis, MD
Instructor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Gary Guo, MD, PhD
Instructor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Shalini Harigovind, MD

Alexander Hrycko, MD 

Faisal Jamal, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Chikere Kanu, MD

Stephen Lobo, MD, FACP
Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Department of Infection Prevention and Control, Westchester Medical Center Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Arif Mumtaz, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Christopher Nabors, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Jacob Ouseph, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Vincent Prawoko, MD

Hasan Rahmatullah, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Ramachandra Reddy, MD

Mitra Rezvani, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Shushunova Sangia, MD

Latif Salam, MD

Neal Shah, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Merita Shehu, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Tejinderpal Singh, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Liana Tatarian, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Radhika Voleti, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Eric Wold, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Outpatient Medicine Faculty

Shick Yu, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Resident Continuity Clinic Preceptors

Reena Agarwal, MD, MPH
Director, Adult Primary Care Clinic Assistant Professor of Medicine

Christine Carosella, MD, FACP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Leanne Forman, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Melissa Gennarelli, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Rebecca Glassman, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Jason Goutis, MD
Instructor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Christopher Nabors, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Brooke Nevins, MD

Student Education Faculty

Melissa Gennarelli, MD
Site Director, Third Year Internal Medicine Clerkship, New York Medical College
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Kausik Kar, MD
Internal Medicine Sub-Internship Director, New York Medical College
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Mitra Rezvani, MD
Internal Medicine Clerkship Director, New York Medical College
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Tejinderpal Singh, MD
Assistant Site Director for Third-Year Clerkship
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College

Gary

KKar, MD
Internal Medicine Sub-internship Director, New York Medical College
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical Co
Gary Stallings, MD, MPH 
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Clinical Education
Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences, New York Medical College

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
Please note: our program follows institutional, state and federal COVID-19 vaccination requirements for healthcare workers. We encourage you to monitor these requirements frequently as they are subject to change. Please contact our program coordinator if you have any questions.

FAQ

What schedule structure does the program utilize?
The program follows a 6+2 schedule. Residents rotate through General Medicine Floors, ICU, electives, and clinic.

What kind of opportunities are there for residents interested in subspecialties?
WMC has nearly every subspecialty of medicine available in house. Internal Medicine residents rotate through multiple subspecialties, such as Liver Transplant and General Cardiology Service for core rotations. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to experience subspecialties through elective blocks.

How are research projects initiated?
Every resident meets with the Director of Research in the beginning of the year to establish research mentors and research projects.

How does the resident call schedule work?
Residents are on call every 3rd or 4th day while on General Medicine Floors and ICU.

How does the program structure elective time?
Electives are interspersed throughout the schedule. All residents participate in core electives including Infectious Diseases, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Hematology, Rheumatology, and Oncology. In addition to these core electives, residents have the freedom to pursue any specialty that interests them.

Are there good opportunities for performing procedures?
Residents have many opportunities to perform ABIM required procedures as well as a variety of elective procedures. These include but are not limited to Central Line Placement (Internal Jugular, Femoral, and Subclavian), Pap Smears, Lumbar Puncture, and Ultrasound guided IV placement.

How does the program conduct didactics?
Our program includes a wide variety of didactics to maximize resident educational experience. These include but are not limited to Noon Conferences, Morning Reports, ICU Rounds, CCU Rounds, Kidney Rounds, Chairman Rounds, Clinical Reasoning Sessions, Morbidity and Mortality Meetings, Journal Clubs.

What do residents do outside of work?
Westchester County has a wide variety of exciting activities. Whether you are interested in hiking, restaurant hopping or live music, you can always find something fun to do here. We are also located just 40 minutes north of New York City, so it’s just a quick drive or train ride away.

What housing accommodation options are available?
There are many apartments and other housing units available for rent throughout Westchester and surrounding areas. Many residents live in the City of White Plains, which is about a 15-minute drive from campus. Other popular areas include Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Yonkers, and Peekskill. A limited amount of on-campus housing is available to interns for their first year of training only.

Does the program accommodate requests for Maternity leave?
Our program adheres to ACGME and ABMS guidelines for leave requests. 

Does the program provide board-review preparation resources?
All PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents in our program are provided with full membership to NEJM Resident 360 and Knowledge+.

Is there financial support for educational activities?
Residents have access to an educational allowance through the CIR Continuing Learning Program. Resident first authors on research projects are fully supported for regional and national meeting attendance and presentation.

How are residents evaluated?
Residents are evaluated by attendings and/or fellows on every rotation. The evaluation results are shared with the residents at the time they are completed, and the resident is asked to acknowledge and sign off on each.

How can residents provide feedback to program leadership?
An anonymous electronic survey is open continuously, in which residents are encouraged to share ideas, questions and concerns. The results of this survey are shared with program leadership and acted on accordingly.

Is the program receptive to feedback?
Our program takes the concerns of our residents incredibly seriously. Our trainees are encouraged to reach out to program and departmental/institutional leadership immediately if they feel there is an issue that needs to be addressed. Residents are requested to anonymously evaluate each rotation they complete, and this feedback is analyzed by program leadership and utilized to develop action plans.

How to Apply

The following are general guidelines for applying to the program. The information provided should answer most of your questions.

Thank you for your interest in the Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Westchester Medical Center. Together, they comprise a major academic medical center. Our program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Criteria for Applicants

Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), which can be accessed using the following link: https://apps.aamc.org/myeras. Applications may be submitted starting September 7, 2022.

Internal medicine residency programs may begin reviewing applications in ERAS on September 28, 2022. We will notify applicants through ERAS as to whether they have been selected for an interview.

In accordance with recommendations from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, our residency interviews for the 2022-2023 application cycle will be held virtually.

Our program will begin our first round of invitations in early October. Applications will not be reviewed after October 17. Interviews will take place from October through January, and candidates will be provided with detailed information regarding the logistics of the interview days.

USMLE or COMLEX Steps 1 and 2 must be passed in order to be considered (step 2 results can be pending at the time of interview but must have a passing score in order to be ranked).

Applicants need at least three letters of recommendation dated within the current academic year. There is no particular requirement for which type of faculty/supervisors write your letters. We prefer that they are written by faculty who are the most familiar with applicants. 

Please note:

  • We do not have a firm cut off on USMLE or other exam scores. We review all applicants from a holistic standpoint, considering their overall diversity, skills, and experience.
  • While we prefer candidates not more than five years out of medical school, an applicant involved in a post-graduate clinical environment will be considered.


Visa Sponsorship

Passage of USMLE Step 3 is strongly encouraged for all applicants applying from abroad.

Westchester Medical Center will sponsor J-1 visas. If needed, applicants can obtain Exchange Visitor Sponsorship through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to acquire a J-1 visa.

H-1B visas may be considered on a case by case basis for the most highly qualified candidates. If seeking H-1B sponsorship, you must inform the program directly at the time you apply through ERAS. If granted H-1B consideration from the program, in order to be ranked, it is mandatory for you to have taken and passed Step 3 of the USMLE prior to the rank order list deadline.

More information about the residency program is available on our Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database (FREIDA) listing.  

 

Contact Us

Austin Charnis

Residency Coordinator, Internal Medicine
Austin.Charnis@WMCHealth.org

Austin Charnis, a native of Westchester County, has been the administrator of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Westchester Medical Center since 2019. Prior to this role Austin held positions at our institution as fellowship coordinator in medicine subspecialties and administrative assistant in the Office of Graduate Medical Education. His professional interests include medical education, communications and technology, and he is highly passionate about supporting our residents, faculty and staff.