Michael J. Vergare, MD
Professor & Chair,
Department of Psychiatry
& Human Behavior
One of Jefferson’s hallmarks is its collegial atmosphere that we work to preserve and from which we derive balance in our professional lives. The self-doubt, reflection, and professional growth that occur in training are significantly integrated for each of us through the support and perspectives of colleagues. Here, residents and faculty interact in a welcoming environment of mutual respect, friendliness, and professionalism. Whether in formal educational surroundings or a relaxed social setting, Jefferson fosters open communication and support.
Throughout the year, residents and faculty share in a number of social activities.
Welcoming Reception Each July, the Department hosts a welcoming reception for incoming residents and their significant others. Always well attended, this reception allows residents and faculty to get to know one another in a social atmosphere. Beach party - orientation and welcome bowling event.
Weekly Peer Meeting Residents meet weekly for one hour to discuss mutual concerns among themselves and with faculty. In addition, Department news, updates and information is shared. Each week, one class will spend part of the hour meeting with the Program Director (Dr. Certa) to discuss issues specific to that class. Weeks with all classes together.
Movie Nights Hosted by Dr. Salman Akhtar, of the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, residents gather twice a year to view and discuss a film. The faculty selects each film with the goal of stimulating social, psychological, and other conversation in an open forum. Recent movie night examples include “Antoine Fisher” (which prompted discussion about how to create a therapeutic relationship with patients); and “Identify” (which sparked lively conversation about dissociative symptoms and disorders). "Good Will Hunting," "Ordinary People"
Resident Retreat The Department sponsors an annual two-day Retreat for residents in pleasant and relaxed surroundings. Planned by the residents, its purpose is to provide time for team-building exercises, review of the year’s individual growth, and a comprehensive review of the program by residents, based on their reflection and discussions during the Retreat. A written report with resident recommendations is submitted to the Residency Director at the conclusion of the Retreat. During this two-day period clinical coverage is provided by faculty members.
Graduation Celebration It is Jefferson’s tradition that residents take the lead in choosing the site and time for their graduation celebration. Typically, residents choose a graduation dinner although sometimes brunch celebrations have been preferred. Graduating residents and their families attend, along with a substantial number of lower-year residents and faculty. Jefferson’s annual celebration includes the presentation of graduation certificates and annual awards.
Weekly Happy Hour after Didactics
Seasonal Bowling, softball, and other leagues
Benjamin Rush Ball for networking with psychiatrists in the community
Quarterly Housestaff parties at local venues that are rented out
Jefferson celebrates excellence through its tradition of honoring talent worthy of special recognition. Each year our faculty, residents and medical students participate in a process that determines the recipients of awards that memorialize outstanding contributions. Each year, the following eight awards are presented at our Graduation Celebration.
The Laughlin Award Sponsored by the Laughlin Family Foundation, this award honors outstanding residents in the psychiatric training programs of leading medical schools throughout the U.S. Jefferson presents the prestigious Laughlin Award to a graduating resident.
The Outpatient Resident Award In recognition of exemplary work with outpatient residents, Jefferson presents the Outpatient Resident Award to a PGY-3 or PGY-4 class member
The Inpatient Resident Award Recognizing the best overall performance during the first two years of residency, Jefferson presents the Inpatient Resident Award to a PGY-2 class member.
The Resident Teaching Award This award honors a resident teacher for outstanding contributions made to the education of medical students. In addition to educational sessions and events that residents design or participate in to teach students, student evaluations of resident teaching, compiled across all training years, are major determinants of the selectee.
The Daniel Lieberman Award Jefferson confers the Daniel Lieberman Award to the resident who has submitted the best original published or unpublished paper.
The Child Psychiatry Awards award recognizes the resident in the general adult program who has demonstrated the greatest proficiency in working with children and adolescents.
The Abraham Freedman Award In appreciation of the faculty member’s dedicated commitment to excellence in residency training.
The Robert Waelder Award In honor of the faculty’s member’s distinguished service as a teacher in psychiatry.
Adult Residency Program Fellows and Program Director
|PGY-1 Residents||Medical School Attended|
|Sarah Berkson, MD||Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY|
|Tinafang (Tina) Chen, MD||New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY|
|Sara Hong, MD||University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH|
|Justin James, MD||Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA|
|Emily Lisco, MD||Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA|
|Todd Martin, MD||Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA|
|Shane Tussey, MD||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC|
|PGY-2 Residents||Medical School Attended|
|Seth Michael Dorsky, MD||University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT|
|Rahul Malhotra, MD||Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA|
|Andrew Orr, MD||University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ|
|Meghan Noel Starner, MD||Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA|
|Andrew Everett Weller, MD||Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA|
|David Christopher Winters, MD||University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX|
|PGY-3 Residents||Medical School Attended|
|Adeniyi Adelakun, MD||George Washinton University School of Medicine and Health Science, Washington, DC|
|Zehra Aftab, MD||University at Buffalo The State University of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Science, Buffalo, NY|
|Justin Chou, MD||University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Patricia Hansen Figgs, MD||Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA|
|Elina Maymind, MD||Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA|
|Blake Rosenthal, MD||Albert Einsteinl College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, NY|
|Jonathan Small, MD||University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA|
|PGY-4 Residents||Medical School Attended|
|Jillian Franzen-Saad, MD||University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ|
|Bahar Hadjiesmailoo, MD||George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science, Washington, DC|
|Robin Hanson, DO||University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey, Stratford, NJ|
|Diane Nelson, MD||Jefferson College of Medicine of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA|
|Staffel Strong, MD||Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA|
|Vinay Vajjhala, MD||
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH
Michael J. Vergare, MD
Mitchell J. Cohen, MD
Vice Chair for Psychiatric Education
Kenneth Certa, MD
Director, Residency Program
833 Chestnut Street East
Philadelphia, PA 19107
We participate in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
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