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Westchester Medical Center

Internal Medicine Residency Program 

Under the leadership of Drs. Leanne Forman and William Frishman, the Internal Medicine Residency Program of New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center is committed to providing outstanding training in Internal Medicine.  Dr. Forman is the newly appointed program director after serving leadership positions in the residency as the section chief and director of outpatient medicine for more than 10 years. Dr. Forman has had more than 25 years’ experience in graduate and undergraduate medical education at several distinguished institutions. She has consistently been recognized for excellence in teaching and contributions to the program. The program continuously strives to anticipate the needs of the physicians of today and tomorrow. The educational process focuses on the acquisition of medical knowledge, utilization of evidence and clinical skills as well as emerging practice patterns.

We motivate each house officer to embrace a critical and probing scientific attitude along with a commitment to reducing health disparities. As a tertiary referral center, Westchester Medical Center has amongst the highest case mix index in the region.   The Cardiology, Transplant and Critical Care services care for patients from throughout the Hudson Valley. Our diverse patient population provides a robust clinical and educational experience for training physicians. Full-time faculty members from all divisions serve as general medical attendings, mentors and consultants to provide a collegial relationship between faculty and house staff. All mandatory training is provided on site.

The university hospital is located on a large picturesque campus with New York Medical College including the schools of medicine, dentistry, graduate school of basic medical sciences and school of health sciences. This close proximity provides integration of medical student education as well as numerous teaching and precepting opportunities for the house staff. The medical school has a new translational research center which provides the infrastructure to conduct high quality research by utilizing the resources offered by New York Medical College and clinical investigators at Westchester Medical Center.

Recent enhancements to the program include the creation of a Director of Research for the Division of Internal Medicine Dr. Christopher Nabors. Dr. Nabors has received national recognition for his quality and safety projects which have led to many scholarly projects for the department. New educational venues include the creation of separate noon conference series for interns and residents, a formal point of care ultrasound training program and specific skill training for second year residents. Hospital-wide initiatives to advance safety and quality improvement include the development of a telehealth unit and an expanding quality improvement department.

The hospital has a robust graduate medical education program which has received increased funding in the past 3 years that allows house staff to attend and participate in national specialty meetings as well as a dramatically enhanced faculty development program. The GME office has also provided funding for utilization of the simulation center on campus in addition to numerous electronic and administrative educational supports.

Fellowships are available in all approved areas of subspecialty training at the medical center and WMC house staff are highly successful at obtaining fellowships of their choice at the medical center and throughout the country.