Check out what’s new with our residents with these monthly updates.


July 2020



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!





June 2020


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.





May 2020



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!








April 2020


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.