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Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency

Our Internal Medicine Residency Program strives to provide an outstanding educational experience in an environment that assures a balance between academic and clinical activities. Our unique, highly diverse patient population exposes our residents to varied clinical experiences, including over 23,000 ambulatory care visits per year. Graduates of our program are well-prepared to explore and enhance the clinical field.

Our Internal Medicine program is a  3-year residency, leading to certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. We have a total of  107  positions (30  at the PGY-1 level), and up to  18  positions are available in a 1-year Preliminary Internal Medicine program for those pursuing specialty training in other areas. All medicine residents have the opportunity to train for the full  3 years of the program pending successful performance each year. 4 chief residents are appointed annually to support the training program and serve as mentors for all junior and senior residents.

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Graduates of our medical residency achieve an excellent pass rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination

The strength of Maimonides was and is always the people. We have been lucky to recruit residents that work together like family. Being a busy program in the heart of Brooklyn, there is clinical exposure to a wide spectrum and acuity of disease processes.

Dr. Shyam Shankar 

Maimonides is all about its community. I have developed friendships which I know are going to last a lifetime. I am proud to be part of the residency family where we have learnt to grow continuously and collectively.

Dr. Krishna Sai Kommineni

Working at MMC both as a former resident and now as a primary care attending (at our brand new faculty practice center) has been an amazing experience. The hospital provides varied clinical environments with exposure to a multicultural patient population.

Dr. Vivian Zhu

A melting pot of culture, unique pathologies, hip-hop, food-stops and scenery. Maimonides affords me the luxury of learning medicine from a diverse demographic of teachers, colleagues & patients while exploring one of the greatest cities in the world - Brooklyn!

Dr. Emeka “Cece” Ibeson

Residency Overview

The Internal Medicine Program offers outstanding teaching under the leadership of Edward K. Chapnick, MD, Interim Chair and Lawrence B. Wolf, MD, Program Director. Our highly engaged faculty provide expert guidance to the residents in caring for an incredibly broad-based population here in the heart of the amazing borough of Brooklyn, New York. Over their three years of training, the residents manage a diverse array of patients with remarkably wide-ranging underlying pathologies. Through exposure in the critical care units, the medical floors, and the outpatient setting, our residents become well versed in all aspects of internal medicine, fully prepared to enter any fellowship or practice setting upon graduation.

The Internal Residency program

The Internal Medicine Residency experience

Our curriculum aligns with the requirements of the Medicine Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We provide a balanced experience to our residents, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, which prepares our graduates for a career in general internal medicine and further training in any medical subspecialty.

Residents are responsible for evaluating patients, developing treatment plans, performing procedures, and writing all patient orders. Residents are also responsible for the ongoing care and monitoring of the patients in the 20-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit and the 10-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

We offer outpatient and ambulatory care experiences in both the outpatient clinic and private office practice settings. Every resident is assigned to an outpatient primary care team, supervised by an attending faculty physician. The academic year for the categorical residents is scheduled as a “6+2” system, allowing  2  weeks of dedicated primary care and ambulatory subspecialty time throughout the year.

Research

We encourage our students to pursue research and scholarly endeavors. We provide our residents with the resources, time, and logistical support to be successful in this area. There is also a departmental Director of Research who, along with 2 other faculty members, mentors our residents. Our medical center employs a full-time biostatistician who is available to consult and provide continuous support for research projects. For those who have a strong interest in research, faculty will assist the resident in identifying and selecting an appropriate research topic that aligns with resident career plans and fellowship education.

Curriculum Overview​

The Internal Medicine Residency Program is a three-year ACGME accredited program based around a 6 + 2 block system – 6 weeks of inpatient rotations followed by 2 weeks of ambulatory medicine. Our comprehensive curriculum is focused on engaging residents as adult learners with the aim of producing competent, curious and compassionate internists.

Hands-on clinical experience is the cornerstone of our curriculum, as residents are exposed to the broad range of medicine specialties, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The varied didactic sessions are protected time for residents to ensure they maximize their learning opportunities. Our daily noon conferences have been converted to interactive web-based sessions with dynamic involvement of faculty and residents alike. Ambulatory didactics help us enhance the outpatient resident education and ensure an ongoing educational experience in the clinic setting. Every Wednesday is a designated academic day for the residents on clinic rotations, with time spent on a self-assessment quiz; research guidance and support; our unique Humanism Project curriculum, which focuses on communication skills, unconscious bias, medical ethics, and resident wellness; as well as experiential learning in our state-of-the-art simulation lab.

A coordinated learning experience for our residents

We work with other medical specialties such as ophthalmology, gynecology, adolescent medicine, and psychiatry to help our residents gain experience working with an interdisciplinary team and hone skills in social services, case management, home care, and nutritional support staff.

Our simulation center helps our residents gain hands-on experience

Training at Maimonides Medical Center for the past three years has been a wonderful clinical experience. I have developed important assessment skills, while learning how to function as part of a cohesive medical team. The varied patient population at Maimonides offers residents the opportunity to develop into independent and experienced clinicians. But what truly sets Maimonides apart is the supportive and friendly community of people who work here. 

Dr. Varun Tej Gonuguntla

During residency at Maimonides, there is a constant feeling that you have support everywhere you turn— from co-interns, senior residents, and attendings. Starting out as a nervous intern, you never feel alone, especially with the large team structure of 5 interns and 3 seniors at a time. After treating a broad array of conditions and meeting an extremely diverse patient population, you’re more than equipped for fellowship or working as an attending after 3 years.

Dr. Carolyn Bendor-Grynbaum

My years in residency at Maimonides have been some of my most memorable. At Maimonides, I made friends for life not just among fellow residents but attendings as well. As an attending myself, I am grateful for the foundation I had during residency. Very few things cause me great consternation and I can attribute that to the great hands-on learning and the support I received.

Dr. Olaoluwatomi (Tomi) Lamikanra

I really enjoy working at Maimonides, I did my sub-I here and I loved the camaraderie and support that all the residents were getting. Being a resident here has not been different, the attendings and the other residents are extremely supportive. The patient population is challenging and interesting, which keeps us on our toes and makes us think outside the box to do the best for our patients.

Dr. Suhali Kundu

Once you join the Maimonides IM Program you are a member of a big family – camaraderie among residents and faculty is respectful and supportive. Even rotating students were taken as an important part of the team. Attendings are genuinely goodhearted people and among the best professionals in their fields. The program prepared us well to practice independently.  I feel lucky and honored to have graduated from this program!

Dr. Madina Ray

The medical and technical training is exceptional.  What sets the program apart is the leadership opportunities, diversity, and culture of mutual respect. The program and hospital leadership are exceptionally approachable and willing to incorporate suggestions from all levels to improve.  They taught me as much about medicine as about health care administration, policies and teamwork. The skills I developed have been an invaluable asset throughout my career.

Dr. Zain Sobani

How to apply

Applications can be submitted through ERAS at www.aamc.org/eras. Complete details and timelines for individual programs are available on the ERAS website.

Three letters of recommendation are required. Our holistic review includes the MSPE, transcript, USMLE/COMLEX scores, educational background and experience, the letters of recommendation, and the personal statement. Both J1 visas and H1 visas are accepted. No visa type is guaranteed and a passing step 3 result is required by match day for the possibility of an H1 visa.

Applications will only be reviewed through the ERAS system.  Candidates must be ECFMG certified at the time of application.  We need a minimum of three letters of recommendation, a letter from your current program director or medical school dean, copies of medical school transcript and USMLE/COMLEX transcript.  We do not have strict minimum score requirements; however, we do consider both scores and number of attempts.  For international graduates we do not demand US clinical experience, but it is strongly favored. We prefer candidates who have graduated within the last three years; however, we will consider more than three years from date of graduation with commensurate clinical experience in the intervening time.

We ask that applicants designate their interest in either the Preliminary or the Categorical Internal Medicine program, as we do not accept applications to both programs from the same candidate.

Interviews begin in December and continue through January 2021.  Invitations to interview will be offered starting in late November via email. For more information, visit our website at www.maimonidesmed.org or visit the FRIEDA website.

Maimonides Medical Center complies with federal and city laws and orders prohibiting discrimination in employment. Such discrimination includes race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap, marital status or sexual orientation.

For more information, please call Harriet James-Johnson, Residency Coordinator, at 718-283-8997.

The future of medical care is you

Our Medical Education program strives to provide an outstanding educational experience in an environment that assures a balance between academic and clinical activities. We take great pride in educating the next generation of expert medical practitioners.

Apply to the Internal Medicine Residency Program today!

Meet Our Internal Medicine Physicians

Scott M. Andes, DO

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Rami W. Atallah, MD

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Marie Bentsianov, MD

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Alan A. Bober, MD

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Jennifer B. Breznay, MD, MPH

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David I. Cohen, MD

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Cary Daniel, MD

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Olga Dioukalova, MD

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Bernadine R. Donahue, MD

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Alber Ftiha, MD

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Swathi Gadangi, DO

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Inna Gelfand, MD

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Sergey I. Genkin, MD

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Wagdy F. Girgis, MD

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Yekaterina Gordon, MD

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Serena Grewal, MD

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George M. Jager, MD

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Michael Kaplan, MD

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Yakoub Katri, MD

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Moshe Katzenelenbogen, MD

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Megan T. Keenan, MD

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Janine S. Kelly, MD

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Suchit Khanijao, MD

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Helen A. Khilkin Sogoloff, DO

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Karishma Kitchloo, MD

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Subhendu Kundu, MD

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Alan D. Levenson, MD

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Chaim S. Levine, MD

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Alexander P. Lock, DO

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Ling Lu, MD

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George M. Malegiannakis, MD

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Kavitha Mamindla, MD

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Michael Marcelin, MD, MS

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Natalie A. Marks, MD

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Victor J. Masi, DO

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Olga Matsibekker, MD

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Julie M. Morgan, MD

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Karen R. Nelson, MD

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Marie C. Normil, MD

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Barbara E. Paris, MD

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Elena Rabinovich, MD

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Allison P. Rathan, MD

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Ina Ratner, MD

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Sarat B. Ravi, MD

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Neal Ringel, MD

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Nona Roze, MD

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Viktor Rozsokha, MD

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Anna Sarubbi, MD

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Navjot K. Somal, Array

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Regina Tarkovsky, MD

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Elie Traube, MD

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Chisai Tse, DO, MPH

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Benjamin Weindorf, MD

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Daniel E. Winetsky, MD

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Lawrence B. Wolf, MD

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Bernard B. Yonk, MD

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Ping Zhou, MD

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