Residency in Family Medicine at Southside Hospital

Program director's welcome letter

Family medicine physicians are essential to the health and wellbeing of the local communities they serve. As family medicine doctors, we are charged with providing comprehensive care to patients of all ages, cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic status. For more than 40 years, Southside Hospital has made a commitment to the Bay Shore community and our resident trainees to provide exceptional care.

This dynamic program offers residents the opportunity to learn the breadth and depth of family medicine. Residents spend time in virtually every medical discipline offered at Southside Hospital and experience providing clinical care to an extremely diverse patient population in community clinics.

Southside Hospital is a tertiary care center, allowing our residents and faculty even greater exposure to a variety of complex medical issues. From treating our patients in the comfort of their homes and in our community-based clinic to caring for them at our inpatient facilities, our faculty, residents, and students exhibit a unique combination of skill and compassion.

Our program has a long history in family medicine, and we are continually looking to the future of advancing care. We integrate new technology, cutting edge research and innovative therapies to provide better patient care and education to our residents.

Family medicine residents learn new skills and practice new procedures in North Shore-LIJ’s state-of-the-art Bioskills Education Center as well as our Simulation Lab at the North Shore-LIJ Center for Learning and Innovation. All residents participate in research projects utilizing support from our faculty. These supported research projects typically culminate in presentations at regional, state, and national (and in some cases, international) medical conferences.

The family medicine residency program at Southside Hospital is one of three family medicine programs within the North Shore-LIJ Health System. We work closely with the other programs to offer residents a variety of patient experiences and training opportunities. The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Department of Family Medicine regularly schedules Family Medicine Academic Day events whereby each family medicine residency program takes a turn at hosting. These events usually have tracks for students, residents, faculty and community physicians, It is here that we also present research projects and have at times collaborated with other family medicine residency programs in the Downstate NY area for a regional event. Family medicine collaborates with other departments to provide targeted electives (e.g., pediatrics for global health, OB/GYN for women’s health, and orthopedics for sports medicine). The program also offers specific elective tracks for residents in their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, including specialized training in global health, women’s health, leadership and advocacy, and clinical informatics. Electives are tailored to fit the corresponding curriculum for the specific track.

Program facts

The healthcare landscape is evolving with the integration of technology into our daily practices. At the heart of everything we do is providing exceptional care to patients that aid in their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. The family medicine residents at Southside Hospital are at the center of this transition and are learning how to use the technical advancements in the field to improve outcomes. Some of the educational benefits to the program include:

  • Physician impairment prevention
  • Curriculum on developing teaching skills
  • Hospice and homecare experience
  • Health care systems economics
  • Family medicine clerkship for external medical students
  • Ample opportunities in almost every area of medicine, particularly:
    • obstetrics and gynecology,
    • pediatrics
    • adult medicine
    • geriatrics
    • care of surgical patients
    • emergency medicine
    • community medicine
    • electives

Leadership & faculty

Program director

Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, SFHM

  • Chair of Family Medicine,
    North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Professor, Family Medicine,
    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
  • Program Director, Family Medicine Residency,
    Southside Hospital
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Associate program director

Mayur S. Rali, MD

  • Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency,
    Southside Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Family Medicine,
    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Other faculty

Richard Bonanno, MD

Frederick Caston, MD

Alia Chauhan, MD

Janice Cristobal, MD

Maureen Grissom, PhD

Sarita Khanijo, MD

Scott Kirsch, MD

Prajith Mepparambath, MD

Pooja Paunikar, MD

Neubert Philippe, MD

Sunil Sood, MBBS

Maria R. Vesey, MD

Nancy Weitzman, PhD

Farideh Zonouzi-Zadeh, MD