Resident of the Month Awards, initiated by Program Director Dr. Rosemarie Conigliaro in July 2013, honor Internal Medicine Residency Program interns and residents who have displayed exemplary service to patients, colleagues, and the Einstein/Montefiore educational mission.
Award winners receive a certificate of recognition and a textbook of their choice.
House staff nominations for the award can be emailed to RockNResident@gmail.com.
Jennifer Hirsch, MD, Intern, Firm 2
Dr. Hirsch received her medical degree from UMDNJ/New Jersey Medical School and her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania.
[Dr. Hirsch] instilled...motivation to be a proactive medical student; her energy and intelligence inspired me every day. She was incredible."
Tania Kupferman, PGY-2, Firm 1
Dr. Kupferman received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.
"Tania took every opportunity to make a teaching point. Beautiful bedside manner. Greets every patient with a smile, demonstrates great patience. A great team player and brilliant clinician."
"Tania did an outstanding Job this month! She is very motivated and hard-working resident. She is a very conscientious resident. Showed an excellent fund of knowledge and a willingness to go beyond the usual role."
Yan Yan (Sally) Xie, MD, PGY3, Firm 2
Dr. Xie received her medical degree from the Stony Brook University (SUNY) and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
"Sally was our night resident and I was so impressed by her calm, confident demeanor, her positive attitude, and her impressive handling of many complicated situations (including 2 consecutive codes). She seems totally unflappable, and fully deserves the confidence she projects. She was a total pleasure to work with."
"Compassionate, thorough, responsible knowledgeable [she answered my questions on pathophysiology better than anyone else on the team], she handled complex family and social relationships with a unique grace. She performed at the highest level that I can remember in my years here. The wife of a patient of mine was particularly complimentary of her for care and attention given when she changed to night coverage."
Yellow Team: Xia Chen, Vikram Sengupta, Andrew Lipsky, Jacob Esquenazi, Ainie Soetanto and Jeremy Wertman (Oral Surgery resident on rotation).
Recent feedback of the Internal Medicine Residency Program's Yellow Team described its members as "hardworking, smart, efficient, caring, compassionate...not one person that is better than the other. Although we had a very busy month, they are enthusiastic every morning and display patient-centered care every day. They volunteered to take a young man newly diagnosed with gastric cancer who has been here for more than 10 days out for a walk daily because the patient was getting depressed and needed fresh air. What also impresses me about this team is that the night and the day team work cohesively as a team and everyone takes ownership of the patients."
Martha (Catherine) Trimbur, MD, PGY2, Firm 3
Dr. Trimbur received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2012, and her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 2003. Additionally, she completed postgraduate work at Harvard University (2005) and a MPH at Columbia University in 2007.
"Dr. Trimbur is an exemplary resident. She is always on top of patient care...She makes every patient feel right at home and content with the level of medical care."Dr
Scott Schafler, MD, PGY2, Firm 3
Dr. Schafler received his medical degree from Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly known as UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) in 2012, and his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 2007.
"[Dr. Schafler is] unbelievable! His fund of knowledge and clinical judgment is nearly at attending level! His enthusiasm is that of a medical student who put on a stethoscope for the first time. His exam skills are second only to Jerry Paccione. He's kind and empathetic to his patients. Despite all this he is so humble, polite and eager to receive constructive criticism. I feel lucky that I got to work with him."
Rebecca Braunstein, MD, PGY2, Firm 1
Dr. Braunstein received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2012, and her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
"[Dr. Braunstein] has been absolutely the most patient person. We have a very busy service and she never loses her cool when the day gets busy...She is also a very good teacher to our med students...."