Point of View

Dimitra Papaspyridi, Class of 2017

From day one, the program will prepare you to become a well-rounded physician with leadership skills, compassion, integrity and critical thinking. By working with a diverse population, and with the right degree of resident autonomy and faculty supervision, very soon you will gain incredible clinical experience. In your personal marathon, you will always find at your side dedicated housestaff whose vigorous enthusiasm for hard work, learning, and teaching is matched only by their collegiality and support for one other. 

Ayobami Akenroye, Class of 2017

There is so much I can say about the Internal Medicine residency at Jacobi from the great training to the highly intelligent group of co-residents I had the grace to meet. However, what stands out to me is the camaraderie between residents. As a mother of a 3 year old and 7 month old at the start of residency, I feared I would stick out like a sore thumb. I was wrong! Despite our differences, I made a lot of friends, and continually felt challenged to be a better doctor because of my wonderful colleagues. Of course, I will be remiss to say it was not challenging in any way. Intern year in particular, as in any great program, was a roller coaster ride. It made me a better and smarter clinician. I would choose Jacobi again in a heartbeat!

Karine Darbinyan, Class of 2017

Jacobi is the place that makes you a better person and a strong internist. It became very special to me and my family, as I had so much confidence in our doctors that I would take my parents and grandmother to have important tests at Jacobi. It feels like my second home and it is just a nice feeling of warmth and support when you are here. I am very grateful to hour program leadership and everyone whom I met at Jacobi. My dreams came true and I am going to start hematology and oncology fellowship shortly!

Joowhan Sung, Class of 2017

Being a tertiary public hospital in the Bronx, Jacobi provided me a fantastic and unique training experience. The variety of pathology was unparalleled and clinical training was solid with the right amount of resident autonomy. In addition, I absolutely loved people that I worked with. Faculty were dedicated to the care for the underserved population, and their teaching was outstanding. Residents with brilliant minds and diverse backgrounds soon became my best friends. The program director and the chairman were truly amazing and really strived to listen to residents’ voice and support each one of hundred housestaff. Research opportunities were vast and I was able to work at malaria lab at Einstein, working on an international project. Soon after arriving at Jacobi I fell in love with the Bronx and Jacobi. After three years of training I feel very prepared to handle any clinical scenario and believe doing a residency at Jacobi was the best career decision that I have made. As many Jacobians say, there is no other place like Jacobi!

Oriade Adeoye, Class of 2016

While applying for residency, I knew I wanted a program with a strong clinical and educational curriculum; one that provided the right amount of exposure while not being overwhelming. I also wanted a program where faculty were supportive, while providing me enough autonomy to grow. Above all, I hoped that the environment would be conducive to learning and, since I knew residency would be tough anyway, I wished for a program where the house staff camaraderie was stellar.

Today, three years after, with the additional benefit of hindsight, I am glad I made the right decision. Few programs manage to check all boxes on a potential resident’s checklist; the fact that a public teaching hospital in the Bronx did for me, is a testament to the superior organizational skills of faculty and Staff here at Jacobi.

Here in Jacobi, you will experience the broad spectrum of chronic disease presentation in both outpatient and inpatient settings, one of the several privileges of being a NY program. You will be part of a truly spectacular international resident team which brings a rich diversity of perspective to the clinical approach. And you will do this under very caring faculty who are incredibly committed to your cause.

Three years ago,
I made a wise decision to become a Jacobian; one that I remain especially proud of.

Today, that decision is yours to make…

Mark Kozicky MD, Class of 2015

When it came to deciding upon a residency program I felt I needed to join a institution where I would receive a terrific education, gain valuable experience which would help mold me into a capable, intelligent, and compassionate physician. At the end of the evaluation process I saw Jacobi Medical Center as the best choice for me.

Since joining the Internal Medicine department @ JMC I have had the opportunity to work alongside and learn from several enthusiastic, brilliant teachers who have taught with a combination of didactics, discussions and bedside lessons which help cement an approach to patient care which I can proudly carry on going forward in all future endeavors. I feel a great sense of camaraderie with many talented, bright fellow house staff members that spans across any particular specialty of medicine and JMC serves as a great environment for physicians and patients to work together for the mutual goal of improving the lives of all of Jacobi’s diverse population of patients.

Krysthel Engstrom MD, Class of 2014

Choosing Jacobi for my internal medicine residency training has been one of the best career choices I have made so far. I can honestly say the interview day was merely a small preview of what was to come during the next 2 years. The strengths of this program include resident autonomy and the cultural diversity of patients with a wide variety of diseases. This is something that we all look for in a program, and as a 3rd year resident I feel very confident managing complex cases with multiple co morbidities. Not only is the training incredible, but the house staff are very friendly, there is a lot of emphasis on team work and the attendings are always available for advice and teaching.