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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.

    Dr. Richardson’s video evaluations: While at Belmont inpatient, residents get the opportunity to do a complete psychiatric evaluation in front of a lens. This is done after written consent from the patient. The video is then viewed by rotating residents and Dr. Thomas Richardson, the director of Dual Diagnosis unit. The interviewer is required to present the case after which residents and the attending provide their feedback.

    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-3Resident Outing 1Resident Outing 2

    “We meet to watch and discuss films with cultural, artistic and psychiatric significance, in cozy living rooms with tasty snacks.”
    William Cohen, MD, PGY-3

    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

     Broad Street Run 1

    "I love running on the streets of Philadelphia and one of my favorite races is the Broad Street Run. The Schuykill River Trail along Kelly Dr is one of the most scenic and relaxing places to run in the City." Hubert Labio, MD

    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-2

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    Meet our Residents   Residents 2012-2013

    Welcome 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 2015:
    Vishesh Agarwal, M.D.
    Michael Brown, D.O. 
    Christopher Burritt, D.O
    Andrea Carcamo, D.O.
    William Cohen, M.D. 
    Adam Scioli, D.O.
    Matthias Sommer, M.D
    Drew Tepper, M.D.
    Samidha Tripathi, M.D.
    Laura Wieczorek, D.O
    Colleen Zanis, 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 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.
    Congratulations Class of 2013!
    Psych Class of 2013
    Class of 2013
    Fahad Ali, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship
    Emily Bray, D.O. 
    Carissa Caban, M.D.
    Gina Cavorsi, M.D. 
    Meriam Chua, M.D. 
    Erick Ducut, M.D. 
    Anika Forbes, D.O. 
    Robert Jenkins, M.D.
    Geriatric fellow, Class 2013
    Jessica Hazen, D.O.

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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, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, 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!

    Colleen and Adam

    Colleen ZanisColleen Zanis, DO
    Hi, my name is Colleen Zanis.  I grew up in the heart of the Pennsylvania Coal Region, Pottsville PA.  I completed my undergraduate degree at The University of Scranton, where I majored in Neuroscience with a minor in Biochemistry; and my interest in psychiatry began. The Honor’s Program at Scranton afforded me the opportunity to write a thesis “The Relationship between Wing's Subgroups in Children with Autism and Parental Stress and Depression,” which was presented at several conferences on campus, in addition to a poster displayed at The Association for Psychological Science Conference in 2011.  During college I spent my freshman and sophomore summers working as a therapist aid in a Youth Partial Hospitalization Program, and my junior and senior years working in a group home for adolescents with mental illness.  Those valuable experiences solidified my goal of becoming a psychiatrist.   I then attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  While at PCOM I did two audition rotations at Einstein.  I immediately fell in love with the program.  As a fourth year medical student, I was in awe at the knowledge and autonomy the residents had.  I was impressed at how friendly everyone was.  All the residents, attendings, social workers, nurses, and behavioral techs made me feel at ease, and created an environment which fostered learning.   After only a week on my first Einstein Psychiatry rotation, I was convinced that Einstein was the program for me.  Now, three years later as Chief Resident of the program, I could not be more happy and content with my decision to complete my residency at Einstein.  I’m currently in my third year of residency in outpatient at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment. My current interest is in community psychiatry.  I consider myself quite fortunate to be part of such an amazing program, and work alongside such intelligent and compassionate physicians.  I encourage you to take the time to explore our website or to visit our program.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitated to contact me at 

    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.  

    Padmapriya Musunuri

    Padmapriya Musunuri, MD
    I grew up in Bangalore, India, very close to my immediate and extended family. I graduated from Bangalore Medical College, after which, I moved to United Kingdom to pursue a career in psychiatry. I completed my four-year residency-training program and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I enjoyed working with the elderly and I decided to specialize in geriatric psychiatry. I got an opportunity to do my fellowship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. During my fellowship, I decided to settle down in the United States for both professional and personal reasons. I applied to several residency programs in psychiatry to gain needed experience in the United States healthcare system. Very early in the process, I was invited for an interview at the Einstein Psychiatry Program. I was impressed with the warmth and friendliness of the people in the program and also the clinical opportunities available for residents during training. I am currently the Administrative Chief for Medical Student Education t and enjoy being actively involved in research and quality improvement projects. My experience here at Einstein has been unique and I was able to make significant growth as a person and as a psychiatrist. My interest continues to be in geriatric psychiatry with special interest in academics and clinical research.  

    Gibson GeorgeGibson George, M.D.
    Although I was born in India, I spent most of my childhood in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After high school, I went back to India for my higher education. I went to Siddhartha Medical College in a town called Tumkur, about 45 miles in the outskirts of Bangalore. Ever since medical school, I have always had an interest in addictions. I trained for a year in psychiatry in India and then moved to the United States pursue his career in psychiatry and eventually in addictions. I worked as a research coordinator at the Temple University in Philadelphia prior joining the residency program at Einstein. I had heard about the clinical experience at Einstein and decided this was where I wanted to do my training. I am currently a PGY-4 resident in the psychiatry program and Administrative chief of continuing medical education. My time here at Einstein has been one of the most incredible experiences for me. I had the opportunity to meet some of the most amazingly talented people I have known. It has prepared me to follow my interest in addiction psychiatry. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email at if you have any questions about the program from a resident’s perspective.


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     Intern of the year:   

     Justin Lazaroff, DOJustin Lazaroff, DO

    I am very honored to receive this award!  However, I would not have survived my intern year without the support of my fellow residents.  Choosing to train in psychiatry at Einstein was the best decision in my professional career thus far.  There are a multitude of training opportunities via the different rotations offered both at Einstein Medical Center and Belmont Center for Comprehensive treatment.  We are getting great exposure to the many different etiologies of psychiatric illness.  The residents train directly with attending psychiatrists which helps us develop our own treatment plan and learn how to effectively manage a psychiatric unit during the first two years of residency.  All of the residents have been very supportive of one another and there is a high level of camaraderie amongst the PGY-1 through PGY-4 classes.  The residency program structure is well developed and the faculty is attune to our needs and adjusts accordingly.  Since Einstein is an academic medical center, we have the opportunity to take part in research projects and we play a big role in the education of medical students, PA students, and nurse-practitioner students alike.  Our grand rounds and lectures have been instrumental in developing and expanding my own knowledge base.  I am eagerly looking forward to developing my professional skills, and I am confident this is the best place to do this. Thank you!