|An Ongoing Tradition of Excellence in Graduate Medical Education
| Dr. Sridhar Chilimuri, Physician-in-Chief/Chairman, Department of Medicine
(center), with Internal Medicine Residents (LtoR): Dr. Aisha Batool,
Dr. Jyothsna Mupparaju, Dr. Hafiz Hashmi, Chief Resident, and Dr. Molham
Abdulsamad, Chief Resident.
|For more than fifty years, Bronx-Lebanon has provided
high quality graduate medical education to thousands of
doctors who now practice in a wide spectrum of specialties
and subspecialties across the world. Academically affiliated
with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon
sponsors more than 350 residents and fellows annually in
12 fully accredited Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical
Education (ACGME) programs and three training programs
in Dentistry approved by the American Dental Association
Training is offered in Addiction Psychiatry, Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology,
Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology,
Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Pulmonary
Disease, and Surgery, as well as General Dentistry, Pediatric
Dentistry, and Orthodontics. It is also noteworthy that
Bronx-Lebanon is one of the largest producers of Primary
Care Physicians in the nation, with 50 percent of its
graduating students specializing in this area (the second
highest ranking), especially important in the current health
|Dr. Sindhaghatta Venkatram, Director, Graduate Medical Education and
Attending, Pulmonary/Critical Care, instructing Internal Medicine Residents
(LtoR): Dr. Guzal Niyazova and Dr. Tejaswi Vootla.
||Dr. Dmitry Lvovsky, Attending, Medicine (center), with (LtoR): Medical
Residents, Dr. Hassan Tariq; Dr. Nestor Morales, Fellow, Pulmonary;
Dr. Kishore Kumar; Dr. David Estephan, Medical Student; and
Dr. Venkata Chintaluri.
| Bronx-Lebanon’s commitment to graduate medical education is rooted in the fundamental belief that a well-educated, well-trained and socially conscious physician will provide patient care that is medically sound, clinically sound, compassionate, and safe.
One special challenge being addressed relates to meeting the special needs of patients with psychiatric complications related to medical illnesses. In July 2011, a new fellowship program in Psychosomatic Medicine was established to train psychiatrists in this field of study. Several initiatives to involve and train the house staff in enhancing patient wellness, patient safety, and containing health care costs were also launched.
|“Our residents provide
service to more than 100,000 patients every year. They are very skilled at
addressing the special challenges presented by an ethnically diverse,
low income, and medically underserved patient population.”
-Dr. Sindhaghatta Venkatram,
Director, Graduate Medical Education and Attending,
Pulmonary/ Critical Care.
|Graduate medical education is not immune from the difficult
economic conditions. The New York City metropolitan
area experienced the closure of several academic teaching
hospitals and with them the loss of their affiliated residency
programs. Many of these residents saw their training end
in mid-cycle. Bronx-Lebanon extended a lifeline to several
such residents termed “orphan residents” by accepting them
into its established programs and thereby providing the
opportunity to complete their respective residencies.
“Our hearts went out to these orphaned residents, who
through no fault of their own, faced the possible ruin of their
lifelong dreams of medical careers,” stated Dr. Venkatram.
“With the continued support of department chairpersons,
residency and fellowship program directors, residency
coordinators, and our Office of Graduate Medical Education,
as well as the hospital’s senior management team, Graduate
Medical Education at Bronx-Lebanon will remain strong
and rewarding,” stated Dr. Venkatram.
|Dr. Latha Menon, Director, Graduate Medical Education (far left), Michaelle
Beauge, Respiratory Therapist (center), and Dr. Jenny Machuca, Attending,
Medicine (far right), discussing case with medical residents.