The first six doctors to graduate from the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program were honored at graduation ceremonies held recently at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. Three years ago, these first residents arrived at Phelps to begin their training as family medicine physicians.
The vision of the program has always been that graduates would choose to stay locally after they completed their three-year residency, providing the region with excellent family physicians. So far, three of the first six graduates have accepted positions in Westchester and one in the Bronx.
Anesh Badiwala, MD, will be practicing family medicine on the staff of Phelps Medical Associates, Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group; Jorge M. Espana, MD, has joined the staff at Port Chester Open Door Family Medical Centers; and London Muse, MD, has accepted a teaching position on the faculty of the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program. Sara Marie Paul, MD, will be continuing her education nearby in the obstetrics fellowship program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx. At press time, Batel Isenstein, MD, and George Elkomos, MD, had not yet announced their plans.
The NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program is a collaboration developed by three major Westchester health institutions: New York Medical College, Open Door Family Medical Centers and Phelps.
Physicians at Phelps provide residents with the broad range of clinical training that is required for board certification in family medicine. In addition to rotations in the hospital, residents see outpatients at Open Door Family Medical Centers’ Sleepy Hollow location. New York Medical College in Valhalla is the sponsoring academic institution for the program, which received national accreditation in 2011 and was recently reaccredited for a period of 10 years.
Family physicians are primary care doctors who treat the whole person in every stage of life. They are trained to take care of the entire family, dealing with issues that may affect more than one family member and creating long-term, personal relationships with their patients and their communities.
“Family physicians deliver babies, care for children, and are trained to see patients from birth into middle age and through their later years,” said Dr. Shantie Harkisoon, director of the residency program. “We are very proud of our first graduates and delighted that so many of them have chosen to remain in the area.”
Further information on the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program is available at www.nymcphelpsresidency.org or by calling 914-366-5350.
About New York Medical College
New York Medical College, founded in 1860, is one of the largest private health sciences universities in the country with more than 1,400 students, 900 residents and fellows and 3,000 faculty members. NYMC’s network of affiliates, including large urban medical centers, small suburban hospitals and high-tech regional tertiary care facilities, affords outstanding clinical training opportunities for medical students and residents in the tri-state area. www.nymc.edu.
About Open Door Family Medical Centers
Open Door Family Medical Centers is a nationally recognized, federally qualified health center providing quality primary health care and human services at affordable prices to the community, particularly low-income, under-served residents and those lacking access to health care. Over 43,000 patients receive their care at one of nine sites based in Westchester. Open Door is the recipient of the 2010 HIMSS Davies Community Health Organization Award and recognized at the highest level by the NCQA as a Patient-Centered Medical Home™ www.opendoor.org
About Phelps Hospital
Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. www.phelpshospital.org. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities. www.phelpsmedicalassociates.org.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, nearly 700 outpatient facilities and more than 18,500 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 68,000 employees – 16,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.