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Welcome from the Chief Residents

Welcome to the New York Medical College Department of Pathology at Westchester Medical Center! We would like to extend our warmest welcome. Please explore our website and learn about our program. Also, feel free to contact us with any questions that may arise! 

We truly believe that our training program is a hidden gem in the Tri-State Area. As a level I trauma center and a tertiary care center that covers a large catchment area extending from Albany to the North, New Haven to the East and New York City to the South, Westchester Medical Center draws an incredible range of pathology. More importantly, our department places a premium on education. We hold daily 8 am conferences, weekly noon clinical educational rounds, and various multidisciplinary conferences in which the residents take an active part. The beauty of not having fellows in the department is that the residents truly "run the show" and are the priority of the faculty. The independence that we develop on call, combined with the didactic learning provided by our outstanding faculty members, equips us with a level of training that is on par with the best programs in the country. 

In addition to education, our program puts a heavy emphasis on interpersonal relationships. The camaraderie we share with everyone in the department, including the chairman, program director, faculty members, technologists and most importantly, our co-residents, is something we have truly valued over the last few years. Dr. Fallon and Dr. Islam are both deeply committed to ensuring that we spend each day in the best possible educational work environment. Our newly renovated department and conference room has the most up to date microscopes and technology. There is a phenomenal range of resources made available to the residents, including subscriptions to California Tumor Tissue Registry (CTTR), CAP PIP and Immunoquery. Finally, our residents take part in the resident union, the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR). Through CIR, we receive a ton of perks and benefits ranging from funding for any mobile electronic device to reimbursements for American Board of Pathology dues and exam fees. 

We would be amiss if we did not mention the beauty of the surrounding area, which provides a suburban atmosphere while affording easy access to New York City. We think it is awesome that on weekends, you can enjoy a round of golf, make a day trip up to Bear Mountain for a hike, and then in the evening take a quick train ride to Manhattan. Of course Manhattan speaks for itself, but its proximity makes it all the more appealing to live in a suburban area. It is always fun to train to the city to catch a Knicks game at the Garden and go out for dinner in the Lower East Side or meet friends and co-residents for a night out in the Meatpacking District. This is something many people in other cities (or even people in NYC) don’t get to experience every day. The diversity within our resident group is incredible, we have a people from all over the world and in different stages in their lives. Our residents include parents, newlyweds, those currently planning their upcoming weddings and others who are enjoying the freedom of their single lives. Most love to travel, some are obsessed with the fantasy football, and others boast a passion for cuisine, but in the end, we all enjoy each other’s company both within and outside the workplace. 

We understand that selecting a residency program is a pivotal crossroads in your academic career and personal lives, so we want you to make the best decision that is right for you. All of us have gone through the same process, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns, as we would be more than happy to assist you during this process. 

Thank you for visiting our website and congratulations on making the best decision so far: the decision to pursue a career in pathology! 

All the Best,
Eric Vail M.D. and Pallavi Khattar M.D.
Chief Residents


Pathology Notes:

The Department of Pathology at New York Medical College sponsors a residency program at Westchester Medical Center (WMC).

WMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center serving more than 3.5 million people in the Hudson Valley region. Known for its advanced medical care in trauma and burn, heart, cancer, transplant, neuroscience and pediatrics, community hospitals within a 5,000-square-mile range send their most difficult cases to Westchester Medical Center.