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.