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One of Jefferson’s hallmarks is its collegial atmosphere that we work to preserve and from which we derive balance in our professional lives. The self-doubt, reflection and professional growth that occur in training are significantly integrated for each of us through the support and perspectives of colleagues. Here, residents and faculty interact in a welcoming environment of mutual respect, friendliness and professionalism. Whether in formal educational surroundings or a relaxed social setting, Jefferson fosters open communication and support.

Current Residents

PGY I Residents Medical School
Alisa Olmsted, MD Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Chen Zhou, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Edward Nunziato, MD Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School
Meghan O’Rourke  DOWest Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Jacob Buinewicz, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Michael Antzis, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Nathaniel Kohlenberg, MD University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Triston Wong, MD Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans
PGY II Residents Medical School
Leigh Ocker, DO Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jeffrey M. Barroso, MD University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Derrick Brooks, MD University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Nathaniel T. Graham, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
David J. Halpern, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Hephisibah M. Loeb, MD Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Marissa Waldemore, DO Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
PGY III Residents Medical School
Sonia Alam, MD Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Nina Ballone, MD Northeast Ohio Medical University
Anthony Delmonte, MD Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Fareed Derambakhsh, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Andrea DeSimone, DO Rowan University of Osteopathic Medicine
Daniel Moadel, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Adam Noy, MD St. George's University of London Medical School
P. Joseph Resignato, MD New York Medical College
PGY IV Residents Medical School
TsungWai Aw, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Ali-Reza Force, MD New York Medical College
Jacob Harel, MD New York Medical College
Daniel Helman, MD University of Maryland School of Medicine
Leah Jones, MD University of Virginia School of Medicine
Anthony Thomas, MD SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Social Activities

Throughout the year, residents and faculty share in a number of social activities.

Welcoming Reception    Each July, the Department hosts a welcoming reception for incoming residents and their significant others. Always well attended, this reception allows residents and faculty to get to know one another in a social atmosphere. Beach party - orientation and welcome bowling event.

Weekly Peer Meeting    Residents meet weekly for one hour to discuss mutual concerns among themselves and with faculty. In addition, Department news, updates and information is shared. Each week, one class will spend part of the hour meeting with the Program Director (Dr. Certa) to discuss issues specific to that class. Weeks with all classes together.

Movie Nights    Hosted by Dr. Salman Akhtar, of the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, residents gather twice a year to view and discuss a film. The faculty selects each film with the goal of stimulating social, psychological, and other conversation in an open forum. Recent movie night examples include “Antoine Fisher” (which prompted discussion about how to create a therapeutic relationship with patients); and “Identify” (which sparked lively conversation about dissociative symptoms and disorders). "Good Will Hunting," "Ordinary People"

Resident Retreat    The Department sponsors an annual two-day Retreat for residents in pleasant and relaxed surroundings. Planned by the residents, its purpose is to provide time for team-building exercises, review of the year’s individual growth, and a comprehensive review of the program by residents, based on their reflection and discussions during the Retreat. A written report with resident recommendations is submitted to the Residency Director at the conclusion of the Retreat. During this two-day period clinical coverage is provided by faculty members.

Graduation Celebration    It is Jefferson’s tradition that residents take the lead in choosing the site and time for their graduation celebration. Typically, residents choose a graduation dinner although sometimes brunch celebrations have been preferred. Graduating residents and their families attend, along with a substantial number of lower-year residents and faculty. Jefferson’s annual celebration includes the presentation of graduation certificates and annual awards.

Other Activities 
Weekly Happy Hour after Didactics
Seasonal Bowling, softball, and other leagues
Benjamin Rush Ball for networking with psychiatrists in the community
Quarterly Housestaff parties at local venues that are rented out

Annual Awards

Jefferson celebrates excellence through its tradition of honoring talent worthy of special recognition. Each year our faculty, residents and medical students participate in a process that determines the recipients of awards that memorialize outstanding contributions. Each year, the following eight awards are presented at our Graduation Celebration.

For Residents

The Laughlin Award    Sponsored by the Laughlin Family Foundation, this award honors outstanding residents in the psychiatric training programs of leading medical schools throughout the U.S. Jefferson presents the prestigious Laughlin Award to a graduating resident.

The Outpatient Resident Award In recognition of exemplary work with outpatient residents, Jefferson presents the Outpatient Resident Award to a PGY-3 or PGY-4 class member

The Inpatient Resident Award    Recognizing the best overall performance during the first two years of residency, Jefferson presents the Inpatient Resident Award to a PGY-2 class member.

The Resident Teaching Award    This award honors a resident teacher for outstanding contributions made to the education of medical students. In addition to educational sessions and events that residents design or participate in to teach students, student evaluations of resident teaching, compiled across all training years, are major determinants of the selectee.

The Daniel Lieberman Award    Jefferson confers the Daniel Lieberman Award to the resident who has submitted the best original published or unpublished paper.

The Child Psychiatry Awards    award recognizes the resident in the general adult program who has demonstrated the greatest proficiency in working with children and adolescents.

For Faculty

The Abraham Freedman Award    In appreciation of the faculty member’s dedicated commitment to excellence in residency training.

The Robert Waelder Award    In honor of the faculty’s member’s distinguished service as a teacher in psychiatry.