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Family Medicine Residency Program Graduates Its First Class

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 June, the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program held graduation ceremonies for its inaugural class of six doctors who had completed their training as family medicine physicians – primary care doctors who take care of patients from birth through their senior years. 

“Three years ago, this select group arrived at Phelps from medical school to begin residency, sharing in our vision of a brand new program dedicated to training the best and brightest family medicine physicians,” says Program Director Shantie Harkisoon, MD. 

The hope has always been that graduates would choose to stay in the area after they completed their residency, benefiting the region with excellent family physicians. “It is bittersweet to see them leave the program as they embark on a new journey, but it is truly a gift that all six have planned to continue practicing medicine in Westchester County and New York,” says Dr. Harkisoon.  

Anesh Badiwala, MD, will become a member of Phelps Medical Associates, the hospital’s primary and specialty care medical group; Jorge M. Espana, MD, has joined the staff of Open Door Family Medical Centers in Port Chester; and London Muse, MD, has accepted a teaching position on the faculty of the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program. Sara Marie Paul, MD, will complete fellowship training in obstetrics at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx. Batel Isenstein, MD, and George Elkomos, MD, have not finalized their plans but intend to remain in the Westchester area.   

The NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program is a collaboration developed by three major Westchester health institutions: New York Medical College in Valhalla is the sponsoring academic institution for the program; Phelps and its physicians provide residents with the broad range of clinical training that is required for board certification in family medicine; and residents see outpatients at Open Door Family Medical Centers’ Sleepy Hollow location.  

The residency program received national accreditation in 2011 and was recently reaccredited for a period of 10 years. 


Further information on the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program is available at www.nymcphelpsresidency.org or by calling 914-366-5350. 

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