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Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Residency Program in Internal Medicine

Welcome letter from the chair

This is an exciting time to enter the field of medicine, with our nation’s healthcare landscape in the midst of major transformation.

That excitement is palpable at the Northwell Health Department of Medicine, where we are playing an active role in the transformation of medicine: how we teach it and study it; how we develop new insights and ideas about it; and how we practice it as we heal patients, families, and communities.

The Department of Medicine is thriving in this time of transformation, even as we undergo our own significant transitions. In 2010, Northwell merged two of its residency programs in internal medicine, bringing together the best of both programs and expanding the size and diversity of the training experience for each resident. This merger created the Residency Program in Internal Medicine at Northwell Health. At the same time, we launched the state’s first new allopathic medical school in more than 50 years: the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine – now the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell – which is crafting a new paradigm in medical education that blends medicine’s finest traditions and values with the state of the art in technology and biomedical science.

As one of the nation’s largest health systems, Northwell Health has unparalleled resources for preparing tomorrow’s physicians for the continuing transformation of our nation’s healthcare system. Residents are exposed to a remarkable variety of clinical environments and conditions, with patient populations in every socioeconomic situation. Our trainees are provided with mentorship and guidance, working closely with outstanding scientists and clinical educators who are leaders in their field. Lifelong bonds are forged among trainees and faculty in an atmosphere of support and collegiality, transforming the day-to-day process of caring for the sick and vulnerable into a fulfilling journey. We are building an innovative research enterprise that focuses on healthcare delivery and outcomes, and on moving scientific discoveries and insights from the laboratory through the research “pipeline” into real-world interventions. Our curriculum exemplifies the value we place on quality of care, professionalism, and scholarship, with special emphasis on evidence-based medicine. Our trainees have an outstanding track record in achieving acceptance by top fellowship programs. We are also an integral part of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, which ranks in the top five percent of institutions in research funding from NIH.

All these factors combine to form a high-energy, high-quality training environment that attracts some of the best and brightest medical students from around the country. I invite you to consider joining us in this remarkable journey; please do not hesitate to contact us for information and support throughout the process.

With best wishes for your success in our field,

Thomas McGinn, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Medicine,
Northwell Health
Chair & David J. Greene Professor of Medicine
Zucker School of Medicine

Letter from the program director

When you graduate from our program, you’ll be fully prepared to provide high-quality medical care independently and with confidence. You’ll also have every opportunity to grow as an educator and to develop as leader. We are genuinely proud of every one of our residents, of their remarkable experience and accomplishments.

Keep in mind that it’s impossible to capture the Northwell Health experience in such a limited space. The quality of the teaching, the beautiful setting, the warmth of bright, supportive peers, the commitment of staff and administration, including the support that frees up our trainees to focus their time and energy on learning…these don’t come through in the facts and figures but they’re major factors in our success. That’s why we hope that you’ll be in touch with us – to ask questions, request an interview, or get help with the application process. Meanwhile, we wish you well on your professional journey and thank you for your interest in our program.

Karen Ann Friedman, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine

Contact us

Contact information

Program Director: Karen A Friedman MD FACP
[email protected]
(718) 470-7717

Manager, Training Program: Kelly Spielmann, MS, C-TAGME
[email protected]
(516) 562-4764

Associate and site directors

Karen Ann Friedman, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine

John Anthony Raimo, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine

Kyle C. Katona, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine

Jason Craig Ehrlich, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine

Sean Patrick LaVine, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine

Jennifer Diane Verbsky, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine

Deyun Yang, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine

Marci Laudenslager, MD, was raised in Orefield, Pennsylvania. She was a professional and touring musician throughout her childhood, teenage and adult years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She subsequently accepted a position at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she served as Senior Research Scientist and Coordinator for Familiar Neuroblastoma Studies. She completed her medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. In her free time, she writes music and looks forward to spending time with her family. She loves to compete in races and triathlons with her brother, Joshua.

Nichol Martinez, MD, was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Jamaica, Queens. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Stony Brook University prior to completing his medical degree at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. After his chief year, he plans to pursue a career in gastroenterology. When he is not in the hospital, he enjoys watching/playing basketball, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.

Claire Popplewell, MD, was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Maryland and New Jersey. She studied Applied Mathematics as an undergraduate at Columbia University; she then obtained her medical degree from New York Medical College. After her chief year, she plans on pursuing a career in academic medicine, specifically in a primary care setting. In her free time, she enjoys traveling (and collecting Starbucks mugs from all over the world), visiting local breweries, watching Nicolas Cage movies, and spending time with her fiancé Chris, who is a radiology resident at Northwell Health.

Yonathan Litwok, MD, grew up in Marlboro, New Jersey. He attended Brandeis University where he majored in Economics. After graduation he worked at an investment bank, Bear Stearns, before making a career change and completing a postbaccalaureate program at Rutgers University. He attended New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. After his chief year Yoni plans on pursuing a fellowship in Cardiology. In his free time Yoni enjoys playing sports, especially soccer and golf, as well as watching the Mets and Giants. Most of all he likes traveling and dining out with his wife Logan.

Matthew Sinclair, MD, grew up on the south shore of Long Island, NY. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Stony Brook University prior to receiving his medical degree from Howard University in Washington, DC. After completing his chief residency, he plans to pursue a fellowship in nephrology. In his free time, he enjoys watching and attending professional sporting events, traveling, and exploring new cuisines with his loving wife, Van

Marci Laudenslager, MD

Nichol Martinez, MD

Claire Popplewell, MD

Yonathan Litwok, MD

Matthew Sinclair, MD

Marci Laudenslager, MD

2018-2019 chief residents

Danielle Aronsky, MD, grew up in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. She earned both her bachelor's degree in biology and and her medical degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C. After her chief year, she plans on pursuing a career as an academic hospitalist. In her free time, Danielle enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants, catching up on Hollywood gossip and spending time with friends and family. If Danielle were not in medicine, she would be a veterinarian because she loves animals.

Don-Andre Jackson, MD, was born on the island Jamaica and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He completed his bachelor's degree in Biology at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. Soon after, he received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical College. He plans to pursue Rheumatology after completing his chief year. When he’s not working I enjoy salsa dancing in the city and traveling the world.

Dae Hyeon Kim, MD, was born in South Korea but grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He attended University at Buffalo where he completed his bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences and where he also received his medical degree. After his chief year, he plans on pursuing a career in Pulmonary/Critical Care. In his free time he loves to cheer on his patriots, play golf, watch WWII documentaries and spend time with his family. If he was not in medicine, he would have pursued a career as a professional poker player.

Jeanie Lee, MD, is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. After high school, she enrolled into the combined BA-MD program and lived in Brooklyn for eight years. She attended Brooklyn College and SUNY Downstate Medical School. After her chief year, she plans on pursuing a fellowship in Rheumatology. She enjoys sightseeing, walking, singing, and spending time with her twin sister, husband, and family.

Kelvin Wong, MD, was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He studied Biology and Economics at Columbia University prior to obtaining his medical degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. After chief year, he plans to pursue a career in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is an avid lover of craft beers, coffee, furry creatures, and puns (both good and bad). He also enjoys creating with his hands with his most ambitious project to date being a deck he built for his parents. His ultimate goal is to hand build and operate a cafe/bar where dogs are welcome, named "Ruffreshments".

Danielle Aronsky, MD

Don-Andre Jackson, MD

Dae Hyeon Kim, MD

Jeanie Lee, MD

Kelvin Wong, MD

Danielle Aronsky, MD

Frequently asked questions

How many residents are currently in your program?
36 Categorical PGY1s, 22 Preliminary PGY1s, 36 PGY2s, and 36 PGY3s.

What is your application deadline?
January 1. We start reviewing applications on September 15.

When do you interview?
Selected dates in October-December.

What are my chances of getting into the program?
The Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Residency Program in Internal Medicine is a competitive program. We receive approximately 4000 applications for our 36 PGY-1 positions in our categorical program and 22 positions in our preliminary program. We are unable to determine a candidate's "chances" of getting in the program. Only completed applications with required supporting documents will be reviewed and evaluated by the selection committee

What are your USMLE score requirements?
There are no minimum USMLE score requirements for application to the program. Candidates must have passed the USMLE Step 1 on the first attempt.

Does your program require passing USMLE Step 2?
Applicants must pass Step 2 prior to graduating medical school and starting residency.

Do you accept applications from international medical graduates (IMGs); also sometimes referred to as foreign medical graduates (FMGs)?

Do you have any international medical graduates in your program?

Is there a medical school graduation cut-off date?
Applications are accepted from medical graduates who have graduated from medical school within the last three years.

Do you sponsor visas?
Yes, we sponsor H1B and J1 visas.

When do interns start?
Rotations begin on June 25. There will be a formal orientation over the several days beforehand, about which you’ll receive more information after the match.