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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.

    Scholarly Activity:

    American Psychiatric Association 2015 Annual Meeting in Toronto, ON 

    Psych APA Annual Meeting

    Residents at all levels are highly encouraged to participate in scholarly activity. Our residents are involved in a variety of projects, ranging from case reports to research.  Their work has been presented at conferences in the Philadelphia area and all over the country. Our residents have also been published in several psychiatric journals. Two years ago, the Einstein psychiatry department started its annual research recognition day where everyone involved in scholarly activity in the psychiatry department, including residents, faculty, psychologists, puts their work on display. This event allows for the department to come together to not only learn from each other, but also to recognize all of the hard work our colleagues do throughout year and to inspire new ideas for future projects. This event also has a poster competition.

    Philadelphia Psychiatric Society Colloquium of Scholars 2015

    Psych PPSC Scholars 2015

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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. 

    Psych Res good time

    Resident 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.

     Psych Office stafff with Res

     Broad Street Run 1

    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.

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    Meet our Residents   

    Psych Meet Our Residents

    Welcome Class of 2019!  
    Adnan Durrani, M.D.
    John Gurski, D.O.
    Swapna Moorthy, M.D.                              
    Christopher Nemes, M.D.
    Markiam Pazuniak, D.O.
    Audrey Rossowski, D.O.
    Kris Ruangchotvit, M.D.
    Kruthika Samapthgiri, M.D.
    Theresa Sherrod, M.D.

    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.
    Justin Lazaroff, D.O.
    Subani Maheshwari, M.D.
    Erika Pizarro, M.D.
    Trudie Somberg, D.O. 

    Congratulations Class of 2015! 
     Psych Class of 2015
    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.
    Geeta Illipilla, M.D. -Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship 
    Colleen Zanis, DO
    Nitya Zaveri, D.O., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship 


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     Meet our Chiefs:   

    Psych Chief 2015

    Somberg PictureChief Resident Trudie Somberg:

    Welcome to Einstein psychiatry! I am originally from Lake Forest, IL outside of Chicago. I completed my undergraduate degree at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C and I am a graduate of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, NY. I am excited to serve as a Chief Resident during the 2015-2016 academic year. I am interested in psychosomatic medicine and hope to apply for a fellowship in the field.

    When deciding where to apply for residency, I looked for a hospital with a challenging urban population to gain a wide range of clinical experiences. Now going into my final year of residency, I feel Einstein has prepared me to become a practicing attending. I also chose Einstein for it's excellent medical training as it is important for a psychiatrist to be knowledgable in the pathophysiology of psychiatry. The faculty truly care about resident education and there are opportunities for anything a resident would like to accomplish. Please explore our website and feel free to email me with any questions at Good luck!

    Goswami PictureChief Resident Arpita Goswami Banerjee:

    I am from Calcutta, India, and completed my medical school from University of Calcutta. I came to Philadelphia 3 years back when I joined Einstein as a Psychiatry Resident and it has been my second home since.
    Einstein psychiatry is unique in the sense that it provides the most comprehensive package of diverse inpatient units, an active consult/liaison service at Einstein Medical Center and a Crisis Response Center with dedicated child services (Germantown CRC). It offers a multifaceted approach to education in Psychiatry .I had the opportunity to gain a myriad of clinical experience in psychopathology, psychopharmacology as well as a robust training in psychotherapy (CBT, psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalytic therapy). Throughout residency I was fortunate enough to work with dedicated mentors who role model enthusiasm for teaching and providing the best possible care to a diverse patient population.

    Our program is an exciting place to train, because you get autonomy earlier and have the opportunity to lead a team early in your career within a framework of support.  My most rewarding experience in these three years of residency is that of camaraderie and mentorship from my peers and faculty. This has prepared me well to apply for a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine.

    I am very excited and honored to join Einstein’s exemplary faculty as a chief resident this year. I welcome you, and appreciate your interest in our program. I hope that this visit to our website will illustrate why we provide one of the most unique, comprehensive, and satisfying residency program experiences available. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at

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