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    Child CRC: Our CRC is the only Child CRC in the city, and residents get a rich experience of working with child and adolescents in crisis situations, which would be well suited for residents planning to go in Child fellowships.

    Joe’s residency group: Dr Joseph Di Ienno, an Einstein Alumni, graduated from Einstein Psychiatry about 40 years ago.  He visits every week to talk with PGY-1 and 2’s about group process, psychotherapy, transference and counter-transference issues in Psychiatry. Residents talk about their issues within the program and patient issues, and as Joe says “What happens in Joe’s class, stays in Joe’s class”

    During PGY-3, Joe continues with culture series lectures, to help residents become apt at understanding cultural issues in Psychiatry

    Kolansky series: Towards the end of intern year, residents have a series of lectures on Anxiety, Conflict and Dream at Dr. Harold Kolansky’s home. Dr. Kolansky is a Child Analyst who also is the director of The Center for Psychoanalysis at Einstein.

    The PGY2’s and 3’s have a series of psychoanalytic presentations at Dr. Kolansky’s home, in which a PGY3 presents a clinical case analysis and residents discuss various psychoanalytic concepts related to the case with visiting faculty from The Center for Psychoanalysis.

    Cultural movie night series: Residents organize a movie night series around the year. The movie is hosted at one of the resident’s or attending’s residence. We select movies which discuss some psychological or psychiatric aspect and after the movie we have a brief discussion about the aspect shown in the movie.

    Jeopardy and PRITE review: With the start of each summer, PGY2’s and 3’s get together to prepare presentations to review past year’s PRITE questions. We organize this with an internal jeopardy contest to make learning fun.

    Teaching: Many medical and physician assistant students from Jefferson, PCOM, Drexel and other schools come to rotate in our inpatient units. Residents get good opportunities to teach and learn with the students.

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     Life as a resident:

    Hello!  On behalf of all our residents and faculty thank you for taking the time to explore our web-page
    Life as an Einstein resident is very rewarding both within and outside of residency. Residents have faculty and resident mentors who meet with them on a regular basis. In addition, the chief residents host regular resident meetings to address any issues or concerns as we go through the different years of training.  

    The call schedule, which is front-loaded, yet balanced, plays an important role in maintaining good work-life balance. Our program focuses on providing the PGY1 residents a strong foundation that would enhance their ability to take overnight calls as a PGY2 resident and by the time they are in PGY3, the call schedule is already much lighter.  The night float system helps ensure that residents have time to enjoy family life as well as socialize and develop interests outside of residency. 

    Each year, the department sponsors a daylong retreat for residents only. Residents discuss different aspects of the program and have the opportunity to make recommendations to the chairman and training directors for further improvement while spending a day off work with their colleagues.  In addition, residents enjoy socializing over food and film during the monthly movie nights and other events organized diligently by residents on the social committee. 

    “Each year the residents hold a retreat to freely talk about any concerns or suggestions they have for the residency and have a team building activity.  The retreat often is responsible for positive changes in the program. This year the program paid for all of the residents to go to Dave and Busters!” Colleen Zanis, DO, Chief Resident, PGY-3Psych Res good timeResident Outing 2

    Outside of work, Einstein Psychiatry residents have multi-faceted interests and enjoy local events such as art festivals, music festivals as well as events specific to their own cultural background. Philadelphia in itself is a haven for good restaurants, a delight for people interested in exploring multi-cultural cuisines. For those interested in sports and outdoor events, there are diverse opportunities they can explore.  A number of our residents have been runners, participating in the Broad Street run and other events.  Others have taken advantage of free art classes in the city, or joined a city-wide chorus.  Philadelphia has a lively indie music scene, and many sidewalk cafes for residents to enjoy.

    “Philadelphia has one of the greatest chef and restaurant scenes on the east coast, and yet somehow manages to remain within the budget of even the most cash strapped resident. From iron chefs to local chefs or from farm-to-table restaurants to arguably the best import beer selection in the country, there aren't many cities that can compare to the range and access of Philly's food culture.” Mike Brown, DO, PGY-3Broad Street Run

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    Residents with families have the benefit of a variety of safe and quiet suburban neighborhoods to choose from to raise their children and enjoy family life.  Philadelphia has many family oriented attractions, including the “Please Touch Museum” and the first zoo in the nation.

    “Having traveled half the way across the world leaving my family behind to pursue my dreams, I feel at home in my program.”  Tanuja Gandhi, PGY-3

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    Meet our Residents   Psych Residents 2014


    Welcome Class of 2018!  
    Cedric Barrow, D.O.
    Christopher Blazes, M.D.
    Dileep Borra, M.D.                              
    Lakshit Jain, M.D.
    Daniel Kim, M.D.
    Raja Mogallapu, M.D.
    Elkatherina Osman, D.O.
    Swati Poddar, M.D.
    Patricia Serrano, M.D.

    Class of 2017:     
    Malikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur,MD
    Mariame Barry, M.D.
    Shalini Dave, D.O.
    Dina Greco, D.O.
    Rahul Gupta, M.D.
    Alexander Heisler, D.O.
    Courtney Joseph, D.O.
    Jasmin Lagman, M.D.
    Kimia Pourrezaei , D.O

     Class of 2016:                                  
    Ashik Ansar, M.D.
    Aprita Banerjee, M.D.
    Tanuja Gandhi, M.D.
    Oscar Fajardo Gomez, M.D.
    Geeta Ilipilla, M.D.
    Justin Lazaroff, D.O.
    Subani Maheshwari, M.D.
    Erika Pizarro, M.D.
    Trudie Somberg, D.O.
    Nitya Zaveri, D.O

    Class of 2015: 
    Vishesh Agarwal, M.D.
    Michael Brown, D.O.
    Andrea Carcamo, D.O.
    Adam Scioli, D.O.
    Matthias Sommer, M.D
    Drew Tepper, M.D.
    Samidha Tripathi, M.D.
    Colleen Zanis, D.O


    Congratulations Class of 2014!
    Psych Class of 2013-2014
    Class of 2014 
     Alan Emamdee, D.O.
    Gibson George, M.D. 
    Hubert Labio, M.D.
    Srinagesh Mannekote-Thippaiah, M.D. 
    Padmapriya Musunuri, M.D. 
    Nausika Prifti, D.O. 
    Andrew Radu, M.D. 
    Christopher Burritt, D.O., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship
    William Cohen, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship
    Laura Wieczorek, D.O., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship

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     Meet our Chiefs:  

    Psych Meet the Chiefs
    Message from the chiefs 
    Hello!  On behalf of all our residents and faculty thank you for taking the time to explore our web page.  We hope it reflects the excellent caliber of psychiatric training that we offer and entices you to contact us for an elective rotation or to apply to our program. In addition to teaching residents psychopathology and psychopharmacology, our program holds educational seminars emphasizing psychodynamic principals and trains residents to treat patients as unique and whole individuals. Our training at the Einstein Medical Center and the Crisis Response Center exposes us to a wide range of patients, including geriatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, those with eating disorders, addictions, and those receiving ECT.  Our inclusive training has landed graduates very competitive jobs and fellowships, including positions at Harvard, NYU, Columbia, and Boston University.  

    At Einstein, you will find that our faculty and residents foster an environment of learning and camaraderie.  Upon finishing their general medicine rotations, each new class is often greeted by members of the Department with, “Welcome to our family.”  Between the easily accessible faculty and mentoring senior residents, you will always find yourself supported in our program.  Over the course of our training, bonds are further strengthened through activities such as our annual intern welcome party, movie nights, an annual retreat, Freud Study groups at Dr. Kolansky’s home, graduation and so much more. 

    It is with great honor that our peers elected us to represent the program as chief residents. The Einstein Psychiatry Residency has allowed us to flourish both professionally and personally.  The field of psychiatry is both challenging and rewarding, and we hope you consider our program as you embark on your journey!

    Drew and Adam

     Vishesh AgarwalVishesh Agarwal, MD
    I am from Jaipur, India and completed medical school in India before starting residency training at Einstein. I chose Einstein to have a wholesome training experience and the past three years have been rewarding and fulfilling in every aspect of residency training. I had the experience of working with diverse population both in terms of ethnicity and psycho pathology, including substance use disorders. I also had the opportunity to travel and present papers at national conferences and meet with many experts who helped me in planning my career path after residency. We have seasoned faculty with tons of experience in teaching residents and they enjoy doing so. They also give residents sufficient autonomy to build confidence in clinical decision making. We have a warm and friendly learning environment and welcome you to explore our program for your future training.

    Adam ScioliAdam D. Scioli, DO
    I am a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. My primary areas of interest within psychiatry include addiction, trauma and character disorders. Training at Einstein has been a wonderful experience. Under the supervision of a highly experienced and dedicated faculty, I have had the opportunity to treat a patient population with a diversity of biopsychosocial challenges. I have learned not only to recognize pathology, but also to identify and support individual patient's strengths in order to help them heal. I am honored to have been selected as a Chief Resident by my peers and encourage you to explore our program as you prepare for the next exciting stage of your professional development.  

     Drew Tepper

    Drew Tepper, MD 

    I remember how exciting it was, just a few years ago, when I began to think about where I might complete my residency.  It was not a simple task, as many factors needed to be weighed, but ultimately, I found myself impressed by the diversity offered through Einstein’s training program.

    I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Philadelphia for medical school at Temple University.  I have now been in Philadelphia for the past seven years and thoroughly enjoyed my time here.  I was attracted to the psychiatry program at Einstein due to the broad range of clinical experiences offered.  No other single program in Philadelphia has inpatient units and an active consult/liaison service in a medical setting (Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia) and a Crisis Response Center with dedicated child services (Germantown CRC).  Each psychiatry program in the city offers various elements of what makes up Einstein psychiatry but no other program can claim the entire package.  It was primarily for this reason that I chose to make Einstein Psychiatry my home for four years.  I encourage you to consider our program for your psychiatry training.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions at

     Samidha TripathiSamidha Tripathi, MD 
    I grew up in New Delhi, India. I completed my medical education at Manipal University, India. I moved to the United States to pursue training in Psychiatry.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Einstein Psychiatry. The friendliness and warmth of our faculty and staff, made the transition from New Delhi to Philadelphia very easy. An environment that fosters learning and the camaraderie amongst residents has made this experience more fulfilling. Residents who are interested in scholarly activities receive unparalleled support from both our faculty and the department. Our residents regularly present at national conferences and many have also published papers while in training. 

    My interest is in Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry. The training at Einstein has been robust and it has motivated me to pursue a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine. Please take the time to explore our website and lean more about us. Thank you for your interest in our program and choosing psychiatry as a career.

     Rahul GuptaRahul Gupta, MD

    I was very honored to have been chosen to receive the outstanding new resident award by the Einstein Psychiatry faculty. The real credit for this award however goes to the attending physicians, fellow residents, nurses and support staff that I’ve had the privilege of working with during my training at Einstein and I thank them sincerely for their patience and professionalism. The learning environment at this residency program is unmatched, with an adequate mix of independence and supervision being provided in all rotations. A team based approach towards treatment helps to foster an all-inclusive understanding of treatment modalities to maximize patient care outcomes. Being located in a major city allows us the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients and psychiatric illness. There is a good balance between inpatient and outpatient training and the program has a strong psychodynamic and psychoanalytic backbone that is unique. Being an active part in the training of other students as well has been most rewarding and educational. The program is a tightly knit family with lots of support from the faculty and fellow residents & the friendships I have formed here will last a lifetime. Training at Einstein so far has been a very rewarding experience, and I look forward to continuing my education here. I feel confident in the resources that are available here for learning and hope to continue growing as a psychiatrist.