For the most recent three-year period – 2018, 2019 and 2020 – the Program has a 94 percent board pass rate on the ABIM certifying exam. Information about the board exam pass rates for all internal medicine programs is available at www.abim.org. This site also supplies important information about the interpretation of board exam pass rates.
The program provides several activities to facilitate preparation for the exam including:
- Interactive board review sessions held throughout the academic year, based on material from the American College of Physicians Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program (MKSAP)
- Annual in-training service exam
- Each resident receives most current MKSAP
- Monthly subspecialty quizzes
- Facilitating attendance of all residents in the PG3 year at a nationally conducted board review session by providing duty coverage and financial support
- Annual two-hour bedside clinical exam skills exercise
- Ongoing Mini-CEX's at patient's bedside
- Regularly scheduled meetings with the faculty advisor to discuss educational goal setting and career planning
- Provision of 1:1 mentoring and group sessions by APD for residents with suboptimal ITE results
Every year, members of the graduating class have been accepted into subspecialty training in fellowships such as critical care/pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, infectious disease, cardiology, hematology/oncology, geriatrics, and sports medicine.
The Program supports residents who have the goal of subspecialty training by encouraging those with excellent medical knowledge to arrange away electives in their chosen subspecialty in their senior year.
Residents are also integrated into the many hospital committees and patient quality and safety initiatives reflecting their subspecialty interest. Code Blue Analysis, Opioid Stewardship, Diabetes Task Force and Antibiotic Stewardship are just a few of the projects.
Over the past five years, graduating residents continued on to 25 fellowship programs. Our other graduates chose careers in academic medicine, hospitalist positions or primary care.
Class of 2021
Vineel Bezawada, MD - Critical Care, University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dennis Hogan, MD - Infectious Disease, Robert Wood Johnson Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
In addition, the following previous graduates have been accepted into Fellowship training for the 2021-2022 academic year:
Albana Harizaj, MD - Allergy & Immunology, University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. A graduate of the class of 2020, Dr. Harizaj served as our program’s Chief Medical Resident/Junior Faculty member in 2020-2021.
Rabeea Nazir, MD - Rheumatology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. A graduate of the class of 2020, Dr. Nazir worked as an Ambulatory Clinic physician and Core Faculty member for our program in 2020-2021.
Class of 2020
Babak Jamasian, MD - Hospice & Palliative Care, UCSF in San Francisco, California.
Neveen Mostafa, MD - Geriatrics, University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.
Rayan Najjar, MD - Rheumatology/Physician Scientist pathway, University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, Washington.
George Zarkua, MD - Infectious Disease, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia.
In addition, the following previous graduates have been accepted into Fellowship training for the 2020-2021 academic year:
Jawad Malik, MD - Nephrology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of the class of 2018 Dr. Malik has been a hospitalist in the Baltimore area.
Kristina Zarkua, MD - Hematology/Oncology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia. A 2019 graduate, Dr. Zarkua was the 2019-2020 Chief Resident for our program.
Class of 2019
Hussein Hussein, MD - Nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas in Galveston, Texas.
In addition, the following were accepted into fellowship training for the 2019-2020 academic year:
Bushra Saleem, MD - Nephrology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. A 2018 graduate, Dr. Saleem was Chief Resident in 2018-2019.
Sree Yelamanchili, MD - Rheumatology, University of Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut. A 2018 graduate, Dr. Yelamanchili was a hospitalist at Yale, New Haven Hospital in 2018-2019.
Arian Majko, MD - Hematology/Oncology, Wright State, Dayton, Ohio. A 2016 graduate, Dr. Majko was previously an academic hospitalist in Cincinnati.
Ali Hakim Shoushtari, MD - Critical Care, Texas Tech, University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas. A 2017 graduate, Dr. Hakim previously completed an Infectious Disease fellowship at Rutgers, New Jersey.
Class of 2018
Reza Alavi, MD - Sports Medicine: Bayfront Health System, St. Petersburg, Florida
Sevil Aliyeva, MD - Endocrinology: Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Aparna Daley, MD - Allergy and Immunology: Penn State Health, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
N. Leanne Jafar, MD - Critical Care: Baystate Medical Center, an affiliate of Tufts University, Springfield, Massachusetts
In addition to our 2018 graduates, the following previous graduates were accepted into Fellowship training for the 2018-2019 year:
Natalia Plotskaya, MD - Nephrology: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. A 2017 graduate, Dr. Plotskaya was Chief Resident in 2017-2018.
Hossein Sadrzadeh, MD - Hematology/Oncology: Boston University, Boston MA. A 2016 graduate, Dr. Sadrzadeh was Chief Resident in 2016-2017 and worked as a hospitalist at Capital Health in 2017-2018.
Class of 2017
Dr. Ali Hakim Shoushtari - Infectious Disease: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Dr. Nabil Mesiha - Pulmonary/Critical Care: Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York
Dr. Majlinda Xhikola - Endocrinology: Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida
Class of 2016
Dr. Mohammed Al-Jumayli - 2017-18 Hematology/Oncology: University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas & 2016-17 Geriatrics: Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas
Dr. Djamshed Samiev - Pulmonary/Critical Care: Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey
Dr. Lindita Shehu - Pulmonary/Critical Care: Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts
Dr. Andrei Yankovich - Pulmonary/Critical Care: University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee