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Internal Medicine Residency Program

Under the leadership of Drs. Leanne Forman and William Frishman, the Internal Medicine Residency Program of Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College is committed to providing outstanding training in Internal Medicine. Dr. Forman is the newly appointed program director after serving leadership positions in the residency as the section chief and director of outpatient medicine for more than 10 years. Dr. Forman has had more than 25 years’ 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 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 has amongst 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. Full-time faculty members from all divisions serve as general medical attendings, mentors and consultants to provide a collegial relationship between faculty and house staff. All mandatory training is provided on site.

The university hospital is located on 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 which 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 Dr. Christopher Nabors. Dr. Nabors has received national recognition for his quality and safety projects which have led to many scholarly projects for the department. New educational venues include the creation of separate noon conference series for interns and residents, a formal point of care ultrasound training program and specific skill training for second year residents. Hospital-wide initiatives to advance safety and quality improvement include the development of a telehealth unit and an expanding quality improvement department.

The hospital has a robust graduate medical education program which has received increased funding in the past 3 years that allows house staff to attend and participate in national specialty meetings as well as a dramatically enhanced faculty development program. The GME office has also provided funding for utilization of the simulation center on campus in addition to numerous electronic and administrative educational supports.

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.



Leanne Forman, MD
Program Director
 
Christopher Nabors, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director
Research Director
 
Marita Shehu, MD
Associate Program Director

Program Structure

Total Positions Available in the program:

Categorical

      

PGY1

18

PGY2

18

PGY3

16

Preliminary

 

PGY1

8

Chief Medicine Residents

3


PGY-I
 (Categorical)Yearly Schedule:

  • 12-14 weeks Medicine/Specialty floors
  • 4-6 weeks Intensive Care Unit
  • 6-8 weeks Elective
  • 8 weeks Night Medicine
  • 10-11 weeks Ambulatory Clinic
  • 4 weeks Vacation
  • 2 weeks ER

PGY-I (Preliminary)

  • 18-24 weeks Medicine/Specialty floors
  • 8 weeks Intensive Care Unit/CCU
  • 8-10 weeks Elective
  • 6-8 weeks Night Medicine
  • 4 weeks Vacation

Prelims program tailored to meet advanced program requirements.

PGY II

  • 10-12 weeks general floors
  • 8-10 weeks Elective
  • 2-4 week CCU
  • 8-10 Medicine Specialty Floors
  • 2-4 weeks Night Float
  • 10-11 weeks Ambulatory Clinic
  • 1-2 weeks Medicine Consults
  • 4 weeks Vacation
  • 2 weeks Quality Improvement / Research Rotation
  • 2 Weeks ICU

PGY III

  • 14-16 weeks Electives
  • 10-11 weeks Ambulatory Clinic
  • 6 weeks ICU
  • 6-8 weeks ICU Night Float/Rapid Response Team
  • 6-8 weeks Admitting Team ER
  • 2 weeks Medicine Consults
  • 4 weeks Vacation
  • 4 weeks General Floors

A Typical Day on the Floors:

7:00 AM Morning Sign-in
7:45 AM Morning Report
10:00 AM Hospitalist Team Bedside Rounds
12:30 PM Noon Conference/Grand Rounds/Chairman Rounds/CCU Rounds
1:30-4:30 PM Time to do work
4:30-5 PM Sign-out

Floors:

  • Weekends, Call and Night Float

Floor Call:

  • Every 4th night from 4:30pm-8:00pm

Floor Night Float:

  • Six nights/week from 8:00pm-7:00am (Sun – Fri)

 Ancillary Services:

  • 24/7 phlebotomy shifts
  • IV’s by nurses
  • EKG technicians 24/7
  • Patient transporter support by STAT flight

 Clinical Skills Education:

  • Simulation - State of the Art Simulation Center
  • Standardized Patient Program for all PGY1s.

Conference & Didactics (Monday, Tuesdays & Thursdays)

To ensure protected time & cater to the appropriate target audience, we split our afternoon conferences into two separate series for the interns & residents. The curriculum is not only designed on the ABIM blueprints to aggressively prepare the house-staff for their boards but also equip them to be mature & confident clinicians.

For PGY2s & 3s: From 12:30pm to 1:10pm with the specialists & chief medical residents covering a wide variety of topics & discussing in detail vital aspects of clinical management. In addition, the following have been recently incorporated into the conference schedule:

  • Weekly afternoon report (case-based discussion) with the program director & faculty.
  • Weekly board review sessions (MKSAPs & UWorld).
  • Bi-weekly pharmacy lectures on relevant topics by directors of clinical pharmacy.
  • Monthly EKG sessions.
  • Monthly evidence-based medicine/journal club.
  • Monthly Point of Care Ultrasound Training (POCUS).

For PGY 1s, Sub-Interns & Medical Students: From 1:15pm to 2:00pm with the general IM faculty & chief medical residents covering introductory aspects of internship, refreshing basic pathophysiology and discussing ways to approach basic & advanced clinical scenarios. In addition, the following have been recently incorporated into the conference schedule:

  • Bi-weekly clinical reasoning sessions (instead of morning report).
  • Bi-weekly pharmacy lectures on relevant topics by directors of clinical pharmacy.
  • Monthly EKG sessions.
  • Monthly evidence-based medicine/journal club.
  • Monthly Point Of Care Ultrasound Training (POCUS).
  • Monthly high value care curriculum.

Grand rounds (Wednesdays):

On Wednesdays, we have departmental grand rounds from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for all PGY levels where distinguished guests are invited to present topics of interest and engage with the house-staff & faculty in scholastic discussions.

Critical care rounds (Fridays):

Weekly critical care rounds are organized from 12:15pm to 1:00pm at Macy Pavilion where ICU residents from the CCU or Medical ICU present interesting cases, moderated by critical care attendings.

Chairman rounds (Fridays):

Weekly chairman rounds are organized in the main hospital from 1:00pm to 1:45pm where on-call intern presents an interesting case from the floors, moderated by Dr. Frishman & faculty.

Humanities rounds (Last Tuesdays of the month):

Once a month, usually last Tuesdays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, we all meet for humanities rounds organized by the house-staff, coordinators & faculty where we share insights into the human society & culture as they arise in literature, religion, art, music, history, language & philosophy.

Research and Scholarly Activities

Participation in clinical research activities to produce abstracts and publications is encouraged and supported by the program; however, it is not mandatory. Our program’s goal is to help you thrive into a well –rounded and confident clinician. You will be paired with faculty mentors from your sub-specialty of interest during internship to foster a professional and personal support system.


Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Projects

Each categorical resident is encouraged to identify a patient safety or quality improvement concern in the in-patient setting and devise a research project to improve such issues, mentored by either Dr. Forman or Dr. Nabors. Two weeks of dedicated research time is allotted in the PGY-2 year for this purpose. Additional time can be allotted in the PGY-3 year if needed to finish the project or if you want to work on more ideas. You will have the opportunity to present the findings/recommendations of these projects at the WMC monthly QI/Patient Safety meetings attended by the heads of various clinical departments. Our house-staff present these projects at the American College of Physicians meeting as well. Such projects are required for academic hospitalist positions and reflect well on your fellowship applications.

In the ambulatory setting, one half-day of each clinic week is dedicated for all PGY levels to work on one of the numerous ongoing QI projects.

A few QI projects done by our house-staff recently:

1.     Tasleem Katchi: Optimizing Medication Management in the Elderly.

2.     Joanna Blanco and Shashvat Gupta: Appropriate discharge planning for hospitalized patients.

3.     Srikanth Yandrapalli: Medication dosing in patients with renal impairment.

4.     Katherine Linder: Attitudes towards palliative care consultation.

5.     Akshay Khatri and Tausif Siddiqui: Appropriate use of respiratory multiplex PCR.

6.     Tasleem Katchi: Knowledge, attitude, and practices about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV.

7.     George Jolly: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices about Pertussis Vaccination.

8.     Suman Pal, Alina Kifayat, Nicole Zagelbaum, Anila Kumar: Determinants of primary healthcare utilization among LGBT individuals.


Clinical Research:

Opportunities in clinical research are available for interested housestaff. Clinical research takes place in the inpatient, tele-health, and ambulatory settings. While case-reports and retrospective data review studies are more popular, house-staff are also currently involved in prospective studies undergoing at WMC and basic research studies at NYMC. Internal medicine and sub-specialty faculty work actively with the housestaff to mentor them and guide them with developing an idea, designing the project, preparing IRB submission, data gathering and analysis, and preparation for publication. Our housestaff is very active in presenting case- and research abstracts orally and as posters at various regional and national Internal Medicine and Sub-specialty meetings. Additionally, the Internal Medicine program hosts half-yearly research meetings in which interested residents present their case vignettes and research posters. Prizes are given to the best poster in both categories.

Recent House-staff publications:

1.     Katchi T, Cooper HA, Yandrapalli S, et al. Prosthetic aortic valve endocarditis without evidence of vegetation. J Heart Valve Dis. 2017;26(3):365-367.

2.     Gupta T, Patel K, Kolte D, et al. Relationship of hospital teaching status with in-hospital outcomes for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Am J Med. 2017 Oct 13. pii: S0002-9343(17)31033-1.

3.     Yandrapalli S, Tariq S, Aronow WS. Advances in chemical pharmacotherapy for managing acute decompensated heart failure. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2017;18(5):471-485.

4.     Andries GKhera S, Timmermans RJ, Aronow WS. Complete versus culprit only revascularization in ST-elevation myocardial infarction-a perspective on recent trials and recommendations. J Thorac Dis. 2017;9(7):2159-2167.

5.     Sanaani A, Yandrapalli S, Jolly G, Paudel R, Cooper HA, Aronow WS. Correlation between electrocardiographic changes and coronary findings in patients with acute myocardial infarction and single-vessel disease. Ann Transl Med. 2017;5(17):347.

6.     Yandrapalli S, Raza A, Tariq S, Aronow WS. Ambulatory pulmonary artery pressure monitoring in advanced heart failure patients. World J Cardiol. 2017;9(1):21-26.

7.     Nagpal P, Bhalala M, Vidholia A, et al. Abdominal skin rash after TACE due to non-target embolization of hepatic falciform artery. ACG Case Rep J. 2016;3(3):217-220.

8.     Gupta N, Chaudhary R, Krishnamoorthy P, Mahajan S, Bodin R, Sule S. Coronary artery disease in patients with disorders of bilirubin excretion. Am J Ther. 2017;24(6):e653-e658.

9.     Linder K, Gandhiraj D, HanmantgadM, Seiter K, Liu D. Complete remission after single agent blinatumomab in a patient with pre-B acute lymphoid leukemia relapsed and refractory to three prior regimens: hyperCVAD, high dose cytarabine mitoxantrone and CLAG. Exp Hematol Oncol. 2016 Jul 26;5:20.

10.  Chakinala RC, Haq KF, Barsa JE, Solanki S, Chawla L, Khan MA, Farooq T, Schorr-Lesnick B. Incidentally Discovered Extranodal Marginal Zone B-Cell Lymphoma of Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue in the Colon. Case Rep Med. 2017;2017:1505706.

11.  Yandrapalli SMehta BMondal P, et al. Cardiac papillary fibroelastoma: The need for a timely diagnosis. World J Clin Cases. 2017;5(1):9-13.

12.  Raza A, Zaid S, Michev I, et al. “Cusp Overlap” View Facilitates Accurate Fluor-Guided Implantation Of Self-Expanding Valve In TAVR. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2016, Mar; 69(11): 1045.

13.  Yandrapalli S, Jolly G, Horblitt A, Sanaani A, Aronow WS. Cardiovascular benefits and safety of non-insulin medications used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Postgrad Med. 2017:1-11. doi: 10.1080/00325481.2017.1358064

14.  Katchi T, Kolandaivel K, Khattar P, Farooq T, Islam H, Liu D. Extramedullary hematopoiesis presented as cytopenia and massive paraspinal masses leading to cord compression in a patient with hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin. Biomark Res. 2016 Sep 1;4(1):17.

15.  Lai HM, Pawar R, Wolf DC, Aronow WS. Impact of cardiovascular risk factors on long-term mortality after liver transplantation. Am J Ther. 2016;23(2):e357-62. doi: 10.1097/MJT.0b013e31829c4c5f

16.  Yandrapalli S, Tariq S, Kumar J, et al. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: Epidemiology, diagnosis, and management. Cardiol Rev. 2017. doi: 10.1097/CRD.0000000000000164

17.  Raza A, Steinberg K, Tartaglia J, Frishman WH, Gupta T. Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy: Past, Present, and Future. Cardiology in Review. 2016, Mar; 25(2): 59-67.

18.  Gupta T, Mujib M, Agarwal P, Prakash P, Garg A, Sharma N, Aronow WS, Nabors C. Association Between Opioid Abuse/Dependence and Outcomes in Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients. Am J Ther. 2016;23(2):e350-

19.  Mehta D, Chugh P, Chawla L, Jodorkovsky D. Paraneoplastic Hepatopathy Associated with Gastrointestinal Carcinoid. ACG Case Rep J. 2017 Nov 8;4:e117

20.  Katchi T, Liu D. Diagnosis and treatment of CD20 negative B cell lymphomas.

21.  Yandrapalli S, Aronow WS, Mondal P, Chabbott DR. Limitations of sacubitril/valsartan in the management of heart failure. Am J Ther. 2017;24(2):e234-e239.

22.  Karass M, Chugh S, Andries G, Mamorska-Dyga A, Nelson JC, Chander PN. Thrombotic microangiopathy associated with synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists. Stem Cell Investig. 2017 May 26;4:43.

23.  Karass M, Mondal P, Alkayem M, Ojo A, Aronow WS, Puccio C. A rare presentation of acute heart failure secondary to aggressive uterine leiomyosarcoma metastatic to the myocardium initially diagnosed as hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Ann Transl Med. 2016 Oct;4(19):374

24.  YandrapalliS, Andries G, Biswas M, Khera S. Profile of sacubitril/valsartan in the treatment of heart failure: patient selection and perspectives. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2017 Oct 5;13:369-382.

25.  Gupta T, Kolte D, Mohananey D, Khera S, Goel K, Mondal P, et al. Relation of Obesity to Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Am J Cardiol. 2016 Sep 1;118(5):662-7.

Meeting Abstracts:

Our housestaff is very active is presenting oral and poster presentations at local and national scientific meetings and more than half of our residents presented at various  internal medicine and sub-specialties including NYACP, ACP, ACC, AHA, NJ-ACC, Chest, HFSA, SCAI, ACG, DDW, ASCO, SHM, SGIM, NKF, ASN, ACR, CCR, ATS, IDSA.


Internal Medicine Resident Research Day Prizes:

March 2018

Clinical Vignette: Shashvat Gupta for “Wolf Parkinson White syndrome causing Non-ST elevation Myocardial Infarction”

Original Research: Daniel Elefant for “Alkaline Phosphatase Enriched Exosomes as Guidance Cues in the Developing Optic Chiasm”

October 2017

Clinical Vignette: Tasleem Katchi for “Rapidly Progressive Heart Failure From Light Chain Cardiac Amyloid” (Also presented at Heart Failure Society of America National Meeting, September 2017)

Original Research: Tausif Siddiqui for “Hepatic Portal Venous Gas in Pediatric Liver Transplant Patients: Incidence and Clinical Significance”.

 Research Awards:

1.     Khwaja F. Haq, Chief Resident 2017-18 2017 Fellows-in-Training Award (Liver Category), American College of Gastroenterology

2.     Asritha Gollapudi, PGY-2 2016 Case Vignette National Winner, American College of Physicians Meeting

3.     Dhruv Mehta, PGY-2 2015 Presidential Poster Award, American College of Gastroenterology

4.     Nancy Gupta, PGY-3 2015 Best Poster Award, American College of Physicians

5.     Nisha Sharma, PGY-3 2015 Presidential Poster Award, American College of Gastroenterology

6.     Dhaval Kolte, Chief resident 2014-2015 2014 Best Poster Award, American College of Cardiology

7.     Marjan Mujib, Chief Resident 2015-16 2013 and 2014 Young Investigators' Award, New York American College of Cardiology

Chief Residents

Department of Medicine Residency Program


2017–2018 Chief Residents


Khwaja Fahad Haq, MD


Katherine Linder, MD

Dr. Katherine Linder was born and raised in Albany, New York. After completing her undergraduate studies at SUNY Albany, she took up residence in Hoboken, New Jersey. Soon after, she took a position as a clinical trials research coordinator at the former St. Vincent’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Manhattan. While there, she found a deep love and appreciation for medical oncology, which inspired her to pursue medical school. Dr. Linder graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 2014 and took up her internal medicine training at New York Medical College-Westchester Medical Center. After a robust 3-year appointment in clinical and academic medicine she elected to take a position as chief medical resident. Under the new leadership she made it a point to focus on resident wellbeing and success. She has been involved in organizing Grand Rounds for the Department of Medicine for the academic year 2017-2018 and has been a preceptor for NYMC students’ Foundations of Clinical Medicine for nearly 4 years. She continues to be involved in oncology research with several publications throughout her training. Dr. Linder will take the invaluable experience gained at Westchester Medical Center to Houston as she pages the next chapter in her career with a hematology-oncology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.


Srikanth Yandrapalli, MD

Dr. Yandrapalli comes from Vijayawada, a city in the state of Andhra Pradesh in Southern India. While in medical school at Andhra Medical College, he visited the US for elective rotations at Northwestern University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During this time he participated in basic sciences research at the University of Michigan where he coauthored a publication “Singular Value Decomposition of Optically-Mapped Cardiac Rotors and Fibrillatory Activity”. While at Andhra Medical College, Dr. Yandrapalli excelled in social and preventative aspects of medicine for which he was awarded a medal of proficiency. He was involved in numerous public health projects, and volunteered to provide basic medical care to underserved tribal populations. Since the beginning of his residency at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, Dr. Yandrapalli consistently excelled in the clinical and academic aspects of medicine and was awarded “Best Teaching Award” as an intern. He demonstrated strong leadership qualities as a resident and was very well liked, qualities which led to him being chosen a chief resident for the academic year 2017-2018. Dr. Yandrapalli precepted many 1st and 2nd year medical students and mentored them on research projects. He continued to build upon his interest in cardiovascular medicine and published numerous peer-reviewed articles and presented case and research abstracts at ACP, ACC, AHA, Chest, SCAI among other meeting. He considers himself fortunate to be working and learning form renowned experts like Dr. William Frishman and Dr. Wilbert Aronow. As a chief resident, his responsibilities were inpatient and ambulatory resident rotation and assignments scheduling, quality improvement and patient safety projects, resuscitation committee council etc. He will continue his educational journey in New York starting his cardiovascular disease fellowship at NYMC-WMC program in July 2018. Dr. “Y” enjoys playing the guitar and singing.

Past Chief Residents 2016-2017


Dennis Roarke, MD

Dr. Dennis Roarke is a native of Long Island, NY. He completed his undergraduate education at Binghamton University and Hunter College. Prior to entering medical school, he worked for 3 years with Dr. Louis Aronne at Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York NY coordinating clinical trials for anti-obesity medications. While there he co-authored a chapter on “Therapeutic options for modifying obesity and cardiometabolic risk factors” for the Johns Hopkins textbook of Dyslipidemia. He then entered medical school at New York Medical College, Valhalla NY. While there he was involved in several extracurricular activities including the Cancer Education and Awareness Program, La Casita de la Salud a student-run medical clinic, and volunteering at Woodfield Cottage a juvenile detention center. Dr. Roarke then began residency training in Internal Medicine at New York Medical College-Westchester Medical Center. During his residency he was actively involved in ways to improve the hospital and residency including the GME Housestaff Quality Council, the DNR process group, and as a delegate for the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) housestaff union. Dr. Roarke enjoys teaching and has served as a preceptor for 1st and 2nd year medical students throughout his residency. As a chief resident, he is in-charge of organizing Grand Rounds for the Department of Medicine for the academic year 2016-2017. He plans to continue serving in an academic medical setting in the future.


Rahul Sao, MD

Dr. Sao attended medical school at prestigious University College of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. After completing his MBBS degree, he volunteered as a research assistant at Boston University before joining Westchester Medical Center for his Internal Medicine residency training. He was a standout performer throughout the residency and was awarded the ‘Best Teaching PGY-I and PGY-II’ and the ‘Best Ambulatory Care PGY-I’ awards by the Department of Medicine. Dr. Sao enjoys teaching medical students and he has mentored multiple medical students during his residency as well as participated in “Transition to Residency” course as an instructor. His research interests lay in the field of gastroenterology. His research work focused on low-cost intervention to improve the quality of screening colonoscopies and epidemiology of various gastrointestinal pathologies. He has also co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and presented multiple abstracts including an oral presentation at national conferences during the course of his residency. As a chief resident, he is in-charge of resident assignment scheduling for the Department of Medicine for the academic year 2016-2017. His immediate goal is to obtain the highest level of clinical training in a gastroenterology fellowship program and subsequently establish himself as an academic gastroenterologist and a researcher working to improve the quality of care and outcomes in gastrointestinal pathologies. Outside of work, he is a huge soccer fan and enjoys travelling.


John Savooji, MD

A graduate from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore; one of the finest medical institutions in India. While in medical school, John got the unique opportunity to visit United States as an international exchange student at the University of Minnesota. As a result of this experience, he decided to come to the US for post-graduate studies and chose NYMC/ Westchester Medical Center for residency. His journey at WMC has been fabulous with great support from faculty, exposure to a diverse mix of cases and strong teaching. John considers himself fortunate to have been designated as a chief resident at WMC. In addition to being a chief resident, John is also an Instructor of Medicine for NYMC and looks forward to a year of teaching medicine. He plans a career in academic oncology and has a keen interest in molecular targets in NSCLC. Outside Medicine, he loves to swim, go on hikes and explore new places. Recent Publications 1. ABT-199 (venetoclax) and BCL-2 inhibitors in clinical development. Cang S, Iragavarapu C, Savooji J, Song Y, Liu D. J Hematol Oncol. 2015 Nov DOI: 10.1186/s13045-015-0224-3 2. Second- and third-generation ALK inhibitors for non-small cell lung cancer. Wu J, Savooji J, Liu D. J Hematol Oncol. 2016 Mar. DOI: 10.1186/s13045-016-0251-8. 3. CD34(+) therapy-related acute promyelocytic leukemia in a patient previously treated for breast cancer. Savooji J, Shakil F, Islam H, Liu D, Seiter K. Stem Cell Investig. 2016 Mar DOI: 10.21037/sci.2016.03.03.


Our chief residents are currently involved in a variety of projects designed to enhance patient safety on the internal medicine service. They provide a vital service of support and coordination not only to our residents but the faculty and staff.
Maria Capparelli, MD

Christine Carosella, MD

Ronald Cho, MD

Rosemarie Conigliaro, MD

Leanne Forman, MD

Melissa Gennarelli, MD

Randy Goldberg, MD

Gary Guo, MD

Jason Goutis, MD

Naga Kanaparthy, MD

Chikere Kanu, MD

Kausik Kar, MD

Carol Karmen, MD

Bernard Katz, MD

Stephen Lobo, MD

Aaqib Malik, MD

George Mathew, MD

Arif Mumtaz, MD

Rebecca Newman, MD

Christopher Nabors, MD

Gary Rogg, MD

Merita Shehu, MD

Tejinderpal Singh, MD

Eric Wold, MD

Shick Yu, MD
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 certified by the Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Criteria for applicants:

• Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). No application will be reviewed after the deadline of December 17.

We are looking for applicants who are not more than 5 years out of medical school. However, an applicant involved in a post-graduate clinical environment will be considered.

• You must have taken and passed the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 (step 2 results can be pending at the time of interview). Step 3 is required by match day only if you are applying for H-1B visa.

• Applicants need at least 3 current letters of recommendation.

• International Medical Graduates should obtain sponsorship for their visas through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for J-1 visa. The program sponsors J-1 and limited number of H-1B visas. Anyone applying for H-1B visa must have taken, and passed, step 3 of the USMLE by the rank order list deadline.

• Interviews, by invitation only, will take place from November – through the end of January.

More information about the residency program is available by emailing the program coordinator at arleen.martinez@wmchealth.org.

Arleen Martinez

Internal Medicine
Residency Program Administrator
100 Woods Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595
Office: 914.493.6610
Fax: 914.493.7506
Email: arleen.martinez@wmchealth.org