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Resident Testimonials

Read what Overlook Medical Center's current family medicine residents have to say about themselves and their experiences:

“I was raised in Cherry Hill, NJ, and earned my BS from Fordham University and my DO degree from UMDNJ-SOM, now Rowan-SOM. Originally, I was looking for a dual family medicine residency program in the Northeast. What drew me to Overlook was a combination of the amazing people and the frequent learning opportunities made available, like noon conferences and procedure workshops. I love that there is a lot of interaction among residents of all three years. The support I have gotten as an intern from my colleagues is unparalleled. In my spare time, I enjoy playing violin and soccer.” – Kimberly Barnum, DO, PGY3  

"It is too difficult to mention all of the strengths of the Overlook Family Medicine in one blurb, so I will choose to focus on the people that make it up. Whether it be office staff, faculty physicians, or co-residents, my day is made better by interacting with these wonderful people. There is a true sense of community here at Overlook Family Medicine, and everyone pitches in to create a one of a kind learning environment. I am very glad to have chosen this program, and look forward to the day where I can put into practice all I've learned." – Charles Becker, MD, PGY2  

“I grew up in the suburbs of New York, studied chemistry at Iona College, and attended Stony Brook School of Medicine. Participating in the couples match, I applied and interviewed very broadly but knew that I wanted to remain close to family. It was my interview day that clearly set this program apart from others, a combination of the faculty and residents, patient population, office space, procedure exposure, and location. I knew by matching at Overlook I would gain the skills necessary to be a great family physician. In my spare time, I enjoy catching up with friends and family, hiking, cycling and indoor rock climbing.” – Nick Florio, MD, PGY2  

"I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Connecticut at Wesleyan, and attended medical school at Einstein in the Bronx. I chose family medicine for the continuity of care and holistic approach of the specialty. The supportive environment at Overlook provides innumerable opportunities to learn and grow as a physician, the faculty and staff are beyond friendly, and the resources of the program are immense. It doesn't hurt that Summit has a direct train to NYC and easy access to hiking in western NJ. I couldn't be happier with my choice of Overlook for residency training." – Samuel Friedman, MD, Chief Resident, PGY3

"I was born and raised in Central Jersey in Iselin. I went to Rutgers University for my undergraduate degree and proceeded to venture out into the Pittsburgh area at LECOM for medical school. Overlook gave me the opportunity to come back home to New Jersey. After deciding I wanted to become a Family Medicine physician, I looked for a program that functioned as a family as well. The resident and staff support at Overlook gives me confidence to charter into new territories. Apart from work, I enjoy dancing, cooking, and reading historical fiction. " – Morli Gandhi, DO, PGY1  

“After growing up in New Jersey, I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Fordham University and my MD from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Knowing that I wanted to stay in New Jersey for residency, I was so excited to find Overlook Family Medicine. The supportive nature of the faculty and enthusiasm of the residents made it an easy top choice. I am so lucky to have found a program I love that is close to family and enjoy spending my free time cooking and eating with the people I love!” – Alyssa Huncken, MD, PGY1

“I was born and raised in Texas before moving to New Jersey to start my residency program. I went to Baylor University for my undergraduate studies (Sic ‘em Bears) and then went to University of North Texas Health Science Center for medical school. Moving here, although hard, was made much easier by my wonderful co-residents. I chose this program because of the supportive staff and the numerous opportunities it provided for me to learn and grow not just as a physician but also as a compassionate and caring person. Residency is hard, no matter where you go, but it is so much better when you love where you work and you feel genuinely cared for by the people you work with.” – Lauren Im, DO, PGY2  

“Originally from India but raised in Queens, I am a New Yorker at heart. I graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and am excited to be in New Jersey. Primary Care has been my calling for as long as I can remember and the Overlook Family Medicine Residency has rewarded me with great experiences and learning opportunities. I like to travel when I can, and hope to make it around the world. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, catching up with friends and family and exploring NYC.” – Sejal Jain, DO, PGY3

“I was raised in Buffalo, NY, went to SUNY Buffalo for undergraduate, and then came to New York City to attend Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. When looking for a family medicine program I knew I wanted to be close to the city, but also be part of a program that valued and encouraged incorporating osteopathic principles into a family practice setting. Overlook was my first “audition” rotation of my fourth year of school and from that month I never wanted to leave. The sense of support and community that the entire staff offers is something I had never experienced before and what solidified my decision to come to Overlook. In my spare time you can find me in Manhattan at a Broadway show!” - James Kostek, DO, PGY1

“I am originally from Staten Island, NY, and after attending medical school in Florida I knew it was important for me to be closest to home where my family and friends currently reside. Aside from proximity to home, I was looking for a program with friendly, happy, supportive members and ample opportunities to explore my interests namely sports medicine and global health. Overlook was the perfect match for me and my educational goals. In my spare time I like visiting family and friends, exercising, watching football and hockey, and reading a great book for leisure.” – Kristen Lafferty, DO, PGY2  

“I grew up in New Jersey, did my undergraduate at Rutgers University, and went on to do medical school at SUNY Downstate. I chose Overlook because it is a great hospital and because the people I met were down to earth, intelligent, and passionate about family medicine. I enjoy all aspects of family medicine, with special interests in women’s health, dermatology, and procedures. I like to spend my time off exploring NYC, trying new restaurants, and traveling.” – Vida Lee, MD, PGY3

"Having taken the scenic route to medicine I have travelled many paths. I served in the military and worked in other fields prior to my graduation from Rowan SOM. I believe Overlook Family Medicine is a model program for family practice and residency. The environment is better than one could imagine. My favorite quality is the friendliness of all personnel. It truly makes a difference! The program faculty and staff go above and beyond to make you feel welcomed, make time for Resident learning and skill building. The fact that the clinic is adjacent to the hospital is a major bonus! I look forward to all of the possibilities of the program. There's ample opportunity to explore your favorite parts of family medicine, do research and more! In my free time I enjoy familytime, fishing and hiking." – Melissa Melendez, DO, PGY1

“I’m a proud Rowan SOM (formerly UMDNJ SOM) graduate who was born and raised in NJ. My interest in osteopathic manipulative medicine and primary care lead me to the diverse world of family medicine. When applying for residency, I wanted a friendly, supportive program that would provide me with plenty of experience. Fortunately, I have found all of that and more at Overlook! Outside of medicine, I like to play softball, try new restaurants, hang out with my friends and family and play the occasional video game.” – Jamie Moy, DO, Chief Resident, PGY3  

“After being born and raised in New Jersey and completing medical school in West Virginia, I was excited to get back to New Jersey for residency. I chose Overlook because I knew that it was a place where I would receive an excellent education and also be happy in the process. When I'm not at work I like to explore nearby towns and check out Broadway shows.” – Amanda Norwood, DO, PGY3

“I am originally from central New Jersey, but my educational journey led me to Philadelphia where I completed my undergraduate degree at Drexel University, and then medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I also worked for a couple of years at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in south Philadelphia. I have a two- year old daughter, a miniature dachshund, and have been happily married for four years now. My hobbies include singing, writing poetry, and cooking. What originally attracted me to Overlook’s family medicine residency program was their passion for education and their caring atmosphere. Everyone at Overlook from staff to faculty felt like family, and it just felt right. From the first day I started I have felt supported and cared for. I consider myself lucky to be a member of my residency class and I look forward to learning as much as I can on this journey.” – Natalie Rivera, DO, PGY1  

"I grew up on Long Island, attended college at the University of Pittsburgh, and medical school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem. I am drawn to the depth and breadth of knowledge and practice in family medicine. What impressed me about Overlook Family Medicine was the autonomy residents are given over their patients from the get-go. We learn to take ownership of our decision making while under the guidance of constant support from amazing faculty and seniors. In addition, just as a family physician individualizes care to each patient, OFM individualizes training to each resident, allowing for areas of leadership and personal development where each of our interests lie. There is a true sense of family here." – Gabrielle Samuels, DO, PGY2  

“I went from being an Orange (Syracuse University) to a Buckeye (Ohio State) and finally made my journey home to NJ. I am a born and raised Jersey girl from East Orange who enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and trying new foods. I am a product of two Jamaican parents who both emphasized the importance of community, dedication, and hard work. Why did I choose Overlook? I was looking for a program with core values that intertwined with my own including community, compassion, and collaboration. Fortunately, I was able to find that at Overlook. It is a community program with university affiliation making the access to opportunities endless. Additionally, it serves a diverse community, particularly that of the underserved for which my passion lies. Lastly, the faculty, staff, and fellow residents are so supportive of one another and go above and beyond to assure their patients get the best care they deserve. When I look back, I am so glad I chose Overlook and that they chose me because not only am I close to home --  which has its benefits (good home cooking), but now I have new members to add to my family.” – Theresa Thomas, MD, PGY3  

“I grew up in San Diego, California, earned my bachelor degree at UCSD, and moved to Manhattan to attend Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was convinced that Overlook was the right fit for me as soon as I interviewed here. No other program was filled with such supportive faculty and amazing educational opportunities. Along with primary care, I am very interested in pursuing a sports medicine fellowship. In my spare time, I love to explore Manhattan and try new restaurants. I truly could not be any happier with my choice to continue my medical training at Overlook!” – Katherine Triplett, DO, PGY2

“For me, the most important characteristics of a program to consider are resident culture and opportunities for healthcare innovation. The overwhelming consensus amongst the residents I interacted with is that this is a family culture where residents communicate and are supportive. As a RowanSOM graduate and NJ resident, a personal ambition of mine is to become a physician leader in healthcare innovation. To accomplish this goal, I want to learn in a conducive environment such as Atlantic ACO which will provide me with every opportunity to learn from leaders in medicine. I balance these career goals with golf, volleyball, TED talks, outdoor activities, and trying new restaurants!” – Timothy Tsai, DO, PGY1

“I am originally from China and spent a majority of my time living in NYC. I studied biology at Syracuse University and medicine at SUNY Downstate. I wanted to choose a program that can help me succeed as a family physician and also let me balance my work and my personal life with my wife and two kids. Overlook family medicine residency is wonderful in that regard, because of the amazing people in the program, the supportive culture and the abundance of clinical opportunities for professional growth. The surrounding areas of the hospital are very family-friendly, as there are many parks, hiking trails, a nice downtown area, and easy access to the beach, amusement parks and major cities such as Philadelphia and NYC. I believe my family will have a good time here with me! Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, traveling, photography, table tennis, and hanging out with family and friends. - Long Qin Wang, MD, PGY1