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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.

Current Residents

Adult Residency Program Fellows and Program Director

PGY-1 Residents
PGY-1 Residents Medical School Attended
Sona Alam, MD Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
Nina Ballone, MD Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH
Anthony Delmonte, MD Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
Fareed Derambakhsh, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Andrea DeSimone, DO Rowan University of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ
Daniel Moadel, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Adam Noy, MD St. George's University of London Medical School, London, UK
P. Joseph Resignato, MD New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
PGY-2 Residents
PGY-2 Residents Medical School Attended
TsungWai Aw, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Ali-Reza Force, MD New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Jacob Harel, MD New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Daniel Helman, MD University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Leah Jones, MD University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
Anthony Thomas, MD SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY
Gracie Yeo, MD SUNY Upstate Medical University School of Medicine, Syracuse, NY
PGY-3 Residents
PGY-3 Residents Medical School Attended
Thomas Driscoll, MD Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Gregory Giuliano, DO Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Steven Gordon, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Ariela Green, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Nathan Lee, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Daniel Neff, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Shuai Shao, MD University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Nazanin E. Silver, MD George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
John Zagat, MD New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
PGY-4 Residents
PGY-4 Residents Medical School Attended
Julie Kay, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Emily Lisco, MD Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Todd Martin, MD Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Shane Tussey, MD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

Social Activities

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.

Other Activities 
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

Annual Awards

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.

For Residents

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.

For Faculty

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.

Useful Links

Michael J. Vergare, MD

Michael J. Vergare, MD
Daniel Lieberman
Professor & Chair,
Department of Psychiatry
& Human Behavior

Mitchell J. Cohen, MD

Mitchell J. Cohen, MD
Vice Chair for Psychiatric Education

Kenneth Certa, MD

Letter from
Kenneth Certa, MD

Director, Residency Program

833 Chestnut Street East, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107

We participate in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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