Check out what’s new with our residents with these monthly updates.
May means it’s time for new Chief Residents! Many thanks to our outgoing Chiefs, Drs. Sydney Asselstine and Raahi Upadhyay (third and fourth from left) for a job very well done. Congratulations and welcome to our incoming Chiefs Drs. Meetali Patel and Deshanki Pandya (first and second on left). Looking forward to a great year!
Huge congratulations to our Class of 2022 graduates for passing their Board Certification Exams! We are proud to say that our passage rate remains at 100 percent! Congrats to Drs. Pudney, Cherian, Asselstine, Qazi, Kim and Upadhyay.
We congratulate Drs. Sydney Asselstine and Robert Kim who successfully matched into competitive Sports Medicine Fellowship positions for this upcoming July. Dr. Asselstine will be at Rutgers Health/RWJMS in New Brunswick, and Dr. Kim will be at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Best of luck to our future sports medicine specialists!
Once again this year the residents coordinated a hospital-wide Toy Drive during the month of December and collected lots of toys for area children. Residents Meetali Patel, DO, and Bianca Leuzzi, MD, delivered the items to the Freehold YMCA. Great job, residents!
December 1st is Medical Specialties Match Day and we are thrilled to announce that our third-year resident and Co-Chief, Raahi Upadhyay, MD, will be our Geriatric Fellow for next year. Also headed for geriatric fellowship training is third-year resident Jacey Pudney, MD, who will join the Upstate Medical University program in Syracuse, NY. We are proud of you both!
We are extremely proud to announce that Dr. Sydney Asselstine, PGYIII and Co-Chief Resident, has been selected to receive the Graduate Medical Education Award of Excellence given by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Asselstine is one of only 12 recipients nationally to receive this prestigious award for demonstrating exemplary patient care, interpersonal relationships with patients, physicians and faculty and for her leadership and community involvement. Congratulations Sydney!
For this year’s FMRP Olympics, we extended the games to include all four of the VNA’s CHC locations: Asbury Park, Red Bank, and Keyport, in addition to our Freehold office. It was great having all the sites participate! Here are a few shots of the ever-popular Hungry, Hungry Human Hippos and Stocking Bowing, as well as Freehold’s Team picture.
Residents displayed several research posters summarizing recent scholarly activity at CentraState’s annual Research Day held in September. Here are PGY3 resident Jamie Cherian, DO, and PGY1 resident Chandni Lotwala, MD, ready to answer questions about the various projects.
Welcome Class of 2024! July is always an exciting time with the start of a new academic year. Meet our new class: Dr. Bianca Leuzzi, Dr. Chandni Lotwala, Dr. Aasim Chaudhry, Dr. Matthew Facas, Dr. Ryan Narain, and Dr. Aida Abdul Majid. We are looking forward to a wonderful year!
We are very proud to announce the graduation of our Class of 2021. Congratulations on a job well done: Drs. Kirk McCalmon, Kevin Ly, Anand Shah; Shalena Islam, Tomi Olaniyan, and Nicole Castro.
We are extremely pleased to announce that our trend of 100% passage rate on the ABFM Board Certification Exam continues! The Class of 2021 is wrapping up their three years of hard work and is preparing for graduation at the end of the month. Luckily for us, we get to hold on to two of our graduates: Dr. Anand Shah will enter our Geriatric Fellowship program, and Dr. Nicole Castro will come on board as faculty. Dr. Islam plans to open her own outpatient practice in New York; Dr. Ly will work in an outpatient family practice, Dr. McCalmon will become a hospitalist at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, and Dr. Olaniyan will be the Geriatric Fellow at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. As always, we are proud of our graduates!
Pictured are Dr. Kirk McCalmon, Dr. Nicole Castro, Dr. Kevin Ly, Dr. Anand Shah, Dr. Tomi Olaniyan, and Dr. Shalena Islam.
Once a month the residents participate in a wellness activity and this April, both faculty and residents joined in for a horticulture session to create Kokedamas, or Japanese moss balls. Kokedama refers to plants grown tightly and compactly. The roots are wrapped in moss and held together with twine or wire. The goal of this activity was to provide stress relief, promote peacefulness to the mind, and elevate mood. Everyone enjoyed the experience!
March 19th was Match Day! We are thrilled to welcome our new class of residents, the Class of 2024. Photos and bios to come!
February 26th was the Arnold P. Gold Foundation “Thank a Resident Day.” We celebrated with lunch, a cake, gift bags and cards written out by the faculty and staff thanking each resident personally for what they bring to the program. Thank you residents!
The residents ran a tremendously successful toy drive this month! Here are Drs. Anand Shah and Raahi Upadhyay getting ready to load their sleigh, I mean cars, to deliver the toys to the Freehold YMCA. Thank you to everyone in the CentraState community for your outpouring of support for children in the Freehold area. Wishing everyone happy holidays!
On Behalf of the Freehold Family Health Center, Dr. Maria Ciminelli proudly accepted the Silver Gull Community Service Award from the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council (MODC) at its annual celebration dinner in November. For more than 50 years, the MODC has presented its prestigious Silver Gull award to deserving recipients who have made a difference in local business at the Jersey Shore.
This month, our residents did a great job conducting our annual Thanksgiving fundraiser for families in need in the area. With an initial goal of $500, we collected a total of $915! We purchased several ShopRite gift cards and donated them to the Open Door food pantry in Freehold. The employees expressed much gratitude and appreciation for all of the work we do with the VNA and CentraState Medical Center.
Pictured here are PGY2 residents Drs. Jacey Pudney and Mahvish Qazi with a staff member of Open Door.
A highlight of the year is the Family Medicine Residency Program’s “Olympics”. All residents, faculty and staff of the Freehold Family Health Center are assigned to one of three teams to work on QI projects and discuss office procedures and suggestions for improvement at monthly meetings.
Come October, we close the office on a Friday afternoon and head over to a nearby park for a big barbecue lunch followed by various games for friendly competition. At the end of the afternoon, Team Amazing (red) won the Relay Race, securing the victory. Well done Amazing, and kudos to Team Epic (blue) and Team Sweets (green) for your valiant efforts!
Residents ventured into Manhattan for their annual Resident Retreat, a full-day bonding and teambuilding experience. Everyone was excused from clinical duties so that all could participate. This year’s activity was something new – an outdoor scavenger hunt!
We are extremely proud to announce that all six members of our Class of 2020 passed their American Board of Family Medicine Certification Exams! Congratulations to our newest Board Certified Family Medicine Physicians!
Congratulations to second year resident Sydney Asselstine, MD, and faculty physician Steve Weintraub, DO, on winning the 2020 New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) Poster Session’s People’s Choice Award. Their poster was titled “A Curious Case of Clavicular Pain.”
Well done, Drs. Asselstine and Weintraub!
July 1 was the first day for our newest group of residents, the Class of 2023.
Please welcome Drs. Krishna Parikh, Meetali Patel, Akanksha Saxena, Resham Khan, Sairah Johnson, and Deshanki Pandya. It’s going to be a great year!
The Residency Program is proud to announce that our own second-year resident Robert Kim, MD has been elected to serve a two-year term on the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) Board of Trustees as the new Junior Resident Trustee.
This year’s Senior Resident Trustee is our own third-year resident and Co-Chief, Shalena Islam, MD. We are proud of our program’s consistently high level of participation and leadership in the NJAFP!
Congratulations to graduating resident, Thomas J. Wall, MD for being selected as this year’s NJ Family Medicine Resident of the Year!
Each year, the 18 Family Medicine Residency Program Directors in NJ receive a call for nominations from the NJ Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) to recommend a graduating third year resident who exemplifies excellence as a family medicine resident and demonstrates the greatest future potential as a practicing family physician. Residents considered for the award make significant contributions to their residency by providing creative solutions to problems and volunteering their time for residency activities and duties. Nominees must demonstrate leadership, work effectively as team physicians, show support to co-residents, and be respected by peers and educators. Once all nominations are received, they are disseminated to all the NJ program directors for a vote. We are delighted to announce Dr. Wall as this year’s award recipient.
Dr. Wall not only served as one of our Co-Chief Residents but is also our Senior Resident Trustees on the Board of the NJAFP. Tom plans to stay in New Jersey and will be joining the Cooper University Department of Family Medicine.
Wrapping up three years of hard work, the Class of 2020 graduated on June 26.
Please help us congratulate our grads (back row) Drs. Sean Sussman, Sherry Kumar, Arthur Kwok and (front row) Drs. Parneet Grewal, Thomas Wall, and Shirlynn Althea Chu. We will miss them, and we wish them all the best!
Dr. Alisa Reznikov, a 2019 graduate of the Residency Program, completed her one-year Geriatric Fellowship in June as well. We wish Dr. Reznikov the best of luck as she begins her new career with the Rutgers RWJMS Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Division of Hospitalist-Based Medicine.
Each May, we usher in our new Chief Residents for the coming academic year, and “retire” out outgoing chiefs. Congratulations on being elected Co-Chiefs, Dr. Shalena Islam and Dr. Anand Shah!
And, many thanks for a job well done, outgoing Chiefs Dr. Althea Chu and Dr. Tom Wall!
CentraState Medical Center has addressed the current health crisis with the formation of the COVID-19 response team.
The team takes a multidisciplinary approach and is comprised of Primary Care Physicians, Infectious Disease Physicians, Pulmonary and Critical Care Physicians, and our own Family Medicine Residents, among others. We thank them for their collaboration, hard work and dedication.