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Internal Medicine

Residency Family MedicineOur Internal Medicine Residency Program has been in existence for over 50 years and offers you an outstanding environment in which to become a well-rounded internist. Through a flexible curriculum structure, Internal Medicine residents are afforded the opportunity to focus their training in specific areas that are of most interest to you, such as Primary Care, Hospitalist Medicine, or Subspecialty Fellowship areas.

  • Well-balanced internship that focuses on academics with a strong emphasis on caring for the critically ill
  • Flexible elective scheduling in PGY-3 lets you explore areas of special interest
  • A socioeconomically, ethnically, and culturally diverse patient population with a wide range of clinical pathology
  • Dually accredited program offers AOA and ACGME board certification
  • A team approach to floor medicine, offering the best environment for learning and practice
  • Strong balance between clinical experience, didactic learning, and outstanding quality of life
  • No competing residencies
  • A strong balance of hands-on clinical and academic training including lectures and grand rounds
  • Ambulatory training provided at modern, state-of-the-art facilities
  • Gain competency performing board-required procedures, and extensive training with ultrasound guided procedures
  • Opportunities in clinical research activities including participation in regional poster sessions
  • A wide range of core faculty including teaching hospitalists, intensivists, subspecialists, and primary care
  • Faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Instructor of Upstate Medical University
  • Moonlighting opportunities in the third year of residency
  • Comprehensive board certification preparation
  • Graduates have obtained fellowships such as: Hematology/Oncology, Critical Care, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Cardiology, etc.
  • Opportunity to rotate with newly accredited neuro-critical care

Faculty represent specialties including:

Cardiology, Critical Care, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Hospitalist Service, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Palliative Care, Pulmonology, Rheumatology

Fellowships after UHS Residency

UHS residency graduates are very successful in earning fellowships. Below are Internal Medicine graduates who have earned fellowships since 2011:

Noor Al-Asady, DO Vascular Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Nick Changizzadeh, MD Hematology Oncology, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI
Eva Vaishnav, DO Cardiology, Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Wojciech Blonski, MD Gastroenterology, University of Southern Florida, Tampa, FL
Jenna Cooley, DO Rheumatology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Spencer Eisenberg, DO Geriatrics, UHS Hospitals, Johnson City, NY
Jerry Pudusseri, DO Cardiology, Arnot Health, Horseheads, NY
David Wisa, MD Pulmonary and Critical Care, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
Bridget Akel, DO Endocrinology, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Scott Legunn, MD Rheumatology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Ari Frenklel, MD Infectious Disease, Eastern Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Andrea DellaValle, DO Cardiology, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY
Nassar Hajar, MD Gastroenterology, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Ngozi Mezu-Patel, MD Infectious Disease, Louisiana State University Hospital, New Orleans, LA
Shivani Purohit, MD Rheumatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Program Director

Christine Fenlon, MD

Title: Infectious Disease Specialist

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Fellowship: SUNY College of Medicine, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Specialty Areas: Infectious Disease


General Medicine 7 blocks (includes floors and night float)
ICU/CCU 3 blocks
Emergency Medicine 1 block
Elective 2 blocks
Continuity Clinic 1/2 day/week
General Floor Medicine 4 blocks
Subspecialty Service 7 blocks
Night Float 1 block
ICU/CCU 1 block
Continuity Clinic Up to 2 1/2 days/week
General Floor Medicine 3 blocks
ICU/CCU 1 block
Elective Subspecialties 8 1/2 blocks
Night Float Up to 1 block
Continuity Clinic Up to 2 1/2 days/week

Each resident is expected to participate in didactic learning opportunities including morning report, noon conferences (including board reviews), weekly clinical grand rounds and special teaching days, as well as Research/Scholarly Activities.

Required subspecialty electives include: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonary, and Rheumatology.

Other non-medicine elective options: Anesthesiology, OMM, Pathology, Radiology, Surgery, Women's Health, etc.

Special Emphasis Tracks

The Internal Medicine Residency allows the senior resident to tailor their educational needs. Some examples include: 

Hospitalist Medicine: Focus on additional training in hospital medicine and is ideal prep for those pursuing a career as a hospitalist physician, with additional blocks on in-patient rotations including Hospitalist Medicine electives as well as ICU and/or CCU.

Advisor: Nazif Chowdhury, MD

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: As a hospital that offers dually accredited residency programs, all of our residents have the opportunity to learn Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy techniques. In addition to weekly lectures, you will also participate in multiple weekly outpatient clinics and our in-patient referral service.

Advisor: Marita Powell, DO

Neuro Critical Care Medicine: Exposures will primarily be in the urgent care centers in the region. Develop additional expertise in urgent care medicine. Time in the urgent care centers and in the Emergency Department.

Advisor: Peter Lo Faso, MD

Geriatric Medicine: Participate in one focused block rotation in your second year and two blocks in your third year working exclusively with Geriatric patients and physicians certified in Geriatric Medicine.

Advisor: James Crosby, MD


Daniel Young, MD

Christine Fenlon, MD

Title: Program Director, Internal Medicine and Preliminary Year Residency/Infectious Disease Specialist

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Fellowship: SUNY College of Medicine, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Specialty Areas: Infectious Disease

Faculty IMG

Nazif Chowdhury, MD

Title: Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Hospital-site Director, Wilson Medical Center

Medical School: Ross University, Dominica, West Indies

Residency: UHS, Johnson City, NY

Specialty Areas: Hospital Medicine, Hospital-based ultrasound guided procedures

Faculty IMG

Rosa Solis, MD

Title: Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency

Medical School: University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

Residency: Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Specialty: Hospital Medicine

Michael W. Chisdak, MD

Michael W. Chisdak, MD

Title: Internal Medicine Faculty

Medical School: Hahnemann Medical College - Philadelphia, PA

Residency: Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic - Sayre, PA

Fellowship: Pulmonary Medicine - Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Cleveland, OH

Specialty: Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care

Faculty IMG

Regina Frants, MD, FCCP

Title: Director, Pulmonary/Critical Care Subspecialty Rotation/Internal Medicine Faculty, Transitional Year Program Director

Medical School: Moscow Medical Stomatological Institute, Moscow, USSR

Residency: Newton Wellesley Hospital, MA

Fellowship: Pulmonary/Critical Care at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Specialty: Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine

Faculty IMG

Amine Hila, MD

Title: Internal Medicine Faculty, Designated Institutional Official (DIO)

Medical School: Faculty de Medecine de Tunis - Tunis, Tunisia

Residency: Graduate Hospital - Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina

Specialty: Gastroenterology

Faculty IMG

Domingo Jimenez, MD

Title: Internal Medicine Provider

Medical School: University of East R. Magsaysay, Philippines

Residency: UHS, Johnson City, NY

Specialty Areas: Primary Care

Faculty IMG

Ronald Kahn, MD

Title: Hospitalist, Internal Medicine Residency Faculty

Medical School: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Residency: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Faculty IMG

Afzal ur Rehman, MD

Title: Director, Cardiology Rotation, VP Infomatics, Internal Medicine Faculty

Medical School: King Edward Medical College, Pakistan

Residency: UHS, Johnson City, NY

Cardiology Fellowship: Medical College of Georgia - Augusta, GA

Specialty Areas: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology

Peter Ronan

Peter Ronan, MD

Title: Internal Medicine Director, Hospitalist

Medical School: SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY

Residency: UHS, Johnson City, NY

Specialty: Addiction Medicine

Mark Speicher

Mark Speicher, DO

Title: Director, Osteopathic Internal Medicine

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: University of Rochester, NY

Specialty: Hospitalist Medicine 

Faculty IMG

Olyainka Wilhelm, MD

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical School: Ogun State University - Nigeria

Residency: Mount Sinai Medical School - Jersey City Program

Endocrinology Fellowship: Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology and Metabolism


UHS Internal Medicine House Staff
PGY-1 Medical School
Saiful Alom, MD Sylhet M.A.G. Osmani Medical College
Nabil Braiteh, MD LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
Jaya Gujjarlapudi, MD Alluri Sitaram Raju Academy of Medical Sciences
Andrew Hammoud, MD SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Nada Mohamed, MD Trinity School of Medicine
Jeffrey Rico, MD University of the East
Vincent Skovira, MD American University of Antigua
PGY-2 Medical School
Bilal Ahmed, MD University at Buffalo
Sama Alchalabi, MD Beirut Arab University
Ryan Dixon, DO A.T. Still University
Pranava Ganesh, MD American University of Antigua
Anum Waqar, DO Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sarah Khan, MD Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences
Kimberly Persaud, DO Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Matthew Pinto, DO Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ehssan Tukmachi, MD University of Al-Mustansiriyah
Abraham Yacoub, MD Medical University of the Americas
PGY-3 Medical School
Mohammad Abidi, MD St. George's University
Sayf Bala, MD* Beirut Arab University
Robert Borowski, MD Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nazia Mashriqi, MD St. Matthew's University
Khadija Raza, MD Quaid-e-Azam Medical University
Mouhamed Sabouni, MD* University of Aleppo
Ayumi Salva, DO Touro University-New York
Austin Tidwell, DO Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Alexander Williams, MD American University of Antigua

*Chief Residents

Stipends and Benefits

UHS Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Program Benefits

Salary $56,650 (1st Year)

Sample Residency Agreement

  • Insurance Coverage
    • Health Insurance: UHS is partnered with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to provide our employees with UHS Preferred Provider Organization (UHS PPO). UHS covers a major portion of the health insurance premiums. Premiums are deducted bi-weekly from your paycheck.
    • Pharmacy: Prescriptions may be filled through UHS, Community Practice Pharmacy, a Blue Cross network pharmacy or through mail order. Costs will be lowest at the Community Practice Pharmacy.
    • Life Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital, equal to your annual salary.
    • Malpractice Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital.
    • Dental Insurance: Standard and high option dental plans available at shared cost with the hospital.
  • Personal Time Off (vacations, holidays, board exams, interviews, unexpected absences including illnesses)
    • PGY 1: 18 days
    • PGY 2: 25 days
    • PGY 3: 27 days
  • Moving Allowance
    • A moving allowance of $300 is provided to each resident.
  • Professional Development Fund
    • 1st and 2nd year residents are allotted $750/year to be used towards conferences, books, and/or other items related to your professional development (i.e. PDA's, software, stethoscopes, etc.). Required programmatic dues will be paid for out of the fund. This allotment increases to $1,500 in your third year of residency which is designated for board application fees.
  • Academic Appointments
    • All residents receive an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Instructor at Upstate Medical University (SUNY), Syracuse, New York.
  • Athletic/Gym Privileges
    • Residents have access to the non-fee based athletic facilities at Binghamton University: gymnasium, weight room, indoor and outdoor tracks, pools, racquetball and tennis courts.
  • Meals
    • A modest on-call meal allowance is provided for all residents. Required noon lectures are typically catered.


On-site housing is conveniently located across from the hospital. This spacious and comfortable facility is for residents, fellows and visiting medical students. Rent includes: heat, electric, water, air conditioning, standard cable television and wireless internet. Free laundry facilities, fitness center, parking, and trash removal.


  • 1 Bedroom: $550/month
  • 2 Bedroom: $675/month
  • 3 Bedroom: $900/month

Osteopathic Medicine

Few teaching hospitals embrace and support the principles of Osteopathic Medicine as well as UHS. Here, you will be encouraged to maintain your identity as an Osteopathic physician and develop the skills that make your training unique:

  • Multiple weekly OMT clinics
  • OMM lectures every week
  • OMM inpatient service
  • NYS Licensed Osteopathic residents meeting academic requirement are given the opportunity to moonlight in the OMT clinic in their second and third years of residency.
  • Academic appointment with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).
  • Our Family Medicine and Internal Medicine programs are dually accredited by both the AOA and the ACGME (including Osteopathic Recognition by the ACGME), so you can become boarded by both the AOA and ABFM or ABIM.