For the most recent three-year period – 2016, 2017 and 2018 – the Program has a 97 percent board pass rate on the ABIM certifying exam. All eleven of our 2018 graduates passed their boards. In the past three years, 32 of 33 graduating residents successfully completed their boards on the first attempt and, at this time, all 33 graduates are board certified in internal medicine. 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, and
- Regularly scheduled meetings with the faculty advisor to discuss educational goal setting and career planning.
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 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
Class of 2015
Dr. Nazish Ahmad, Endocrinology: Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Salman Azim, 2017-18 Endocrinology: University of Rochester/Strong Memorial in Rochester, New York
Dr. Ronnie Mantilla, Pulmonary/Critical Care: Carilion Clinic – Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia
Dr. Mher Onanyan, 2016-17 Pulmonary/Critical Care: University of South Alabama Hospitals in Mobile, Alabama
Dr. Waqar Siddiqui, Pulmonary/Critical Care: University of South Alabama Hospitals in Mobile, Alabama
Class of 2014
Dr. Foroozan Famoori, Geriatrics: University of California in San Diego, California
Dr. Kirmanj Faraj, 2015-16 Cardiovascular Disease: Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Jina Makadia, Infectious Diseases: Allegheny Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dr. Akshay Manohar, Infectious Diseases: State University of New York in Buffalo, New York
Dr. George Saborio, Sports Medicine: Allegheny Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dr. Sreekar Vennelaganti, Gastroenterology: University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas