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Burke Welcomes Its First Class of Residents

August 16, 2016

On July 1, Burke welcomed the first class of residents in its new Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program. The three-year program was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) earlier this year and marks the first time Burke will have its own residents on campus.

The program starts at the PGY-2 level and the first class is made up of four residents, who hail from all over the world. They are: 

Soumabha Das, MD, who received his medical training at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India Graduated and did his preliminary training in Internal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.

Raia Minassian, MD, who received her medical training at the Medical University, Sofia Faculty of Medicine in Bulgaria and did her preliminary training in General Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Hossam Eldin Mohamed, MD, who received his medical training at the American University of Antigua School of Medicine and did his preliminary training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Raman Sharma, MD, who received his medical training at the American University of Antigua School of Medicine (Magna Cum Laude) and did his preliminary training in Internal Medicine at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Through the program, Burke’s goal is to train the next generation of healthcare leaders known for innovation in all branches of physiatry and to produce residents that will utilize their training to improve patient care, advance the field of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation and enhance the communities they serve.

This will be accomplished through a rigorous training program designed to develop highly skilled clinical and academic physiatrists. The Burke residency program aims to be the future benchmark for all Physical Medical and Rehabilitation residency programs in the country. 

“This new residency program brings us to the forefront of physical medicine and rehabilitation training for physicians,” says Mary Beth Walsh, MD, Burke’s CEO and Executive Medical Director. “We are very grateful for the leadership of Burke’s medical staff in attaining this prestigious program—specifically, Dr. Barry D. Jordan, Assistant Medical Director, Dr. Karen Pechman, Medical Director of Burke’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Dr. Anne-Felicia Ambrose, Residency Program Director. Their guidance and vision has helped create this wonderful educational opportunity for young physicians who wish to dedicate their careers to the field of rehabilitation medicine.”

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