Meet the Director of Medicine
Stephen Jesmajian, M.D.
The Department of Medicine at Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester has offered training programs for residents and students for more than 50 years. Our status as a major affiliate of New York Medical College reflects deep institutional and departmental commitments to medical education in a supportive, community based environment that provides a full spectrum of care to a remarkably diverse patient population.
The six core competencies
The Internal Medicine program strives to prepare its graduates to achieve the six core competencies acknowledged as the standards of physician performance:
- Patient care - Providing effective compassionate, appropriate care.
- Medical Knowledge - Demonstrating and applying knowledge of general medicine and developing the patterns essential to becoming a lifelong learner.
- Professionalism - Developing behaviors that reflect a commitment to ethical practice, an understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward the profession.
- Interpersonal Skills and Communication - Developing and demonstrating skills that will enhance patient care and professional relationships.
- Practice Based Learning - Developing skills in using scientific evidence to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care.
- Systems Based Practice - Developing an understanding of the systems in which healthcare is provided and developing the ability to apply this knowledge to optimize healthcare.
We believe that our residents are particularly likely to achieve these goals in our moderate sized program that puts a premium on faculty-resident intimacy. Our educational philosophy reflects a firm belief that personalized mentoring in the context of collegial, mutually respectful relationships, provides the foundation for successful, gratifying educational accomplishments.
We are proud that our Categorical (3 year) residents achieve these goals, move on to elite fellowships or Internal Medicine careers (both Primary Care and Hospitalist); and we are proud that they have achieved their goals with a high level of morale and with a spirit of camaraderie.
The education of Preliminary and Transitional residents is seamlessly integrated into the overall program. Preliminary and transitional residents can expect to develop close relationships with their peers and with faculty, and to receive the personal mentoring necessary for achieving their individual goals. We are committed to ensuring that each preliminary and transitional resident acquires the basic skills and competencies to confidently embark on a subspecialty career.
Education in the Department of Medicine
Transitional Residency Program