Resident Honors/Awards

The psychiatry residency program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School prepares residents to graduate as national leaders in the field of psychiatry.  We do this by developing residents' clinical expertise, research and teaching skills, knowledge about governance, and by encouraging them to become involved in professional and academic organizations at the state and national levels. As a result of this work, our residents have been recognized for outstanding achievement and excellence with the following honors and awards:

National Honors/Awards
2018-2020 APA/APAF Diversity Leadership Fellowship American Psychiatric Association – Sebastian Cisneros, MD
2019 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Passport Program recipient - Faisal Kagadkar, MD
2019 Resident Recognition Award - American Psychiatric Association – Rafael Coira, MD JD
2019 Third Prize, Poster Competition - Indo-American Psychiatric Association – Faisal Kagadkar, MD
2019-2021 Resident Psychiatric Educator Award - Association for Academic Psychiatry – Zain Khalid, MD
2019-2021 APA/APAF Leadership Fellowship - American Psychiatric Association – Robert Rymowicz, DO
2019-2021 APA SAMHSA Minority Fellowship - American Psychiatric Association – Mayowa Olusunmade, MD
2020 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Advocacy Fellow Ambassador - Faisal Kagadkar, MD
2020 John Renner Travel Award, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) - Aitzaz Munir, MD
2020 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) Member - Andrea Guerrero Cignarella, MD
2020-2021 NNCI Scholar- Dr. Diego Garces Grosse, MD
2020-2022 APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Co-chair - American Psychiatric Association – Faisal Kagadkar, MD
2020-2022 AAPA's Council of Children, Adolescents, and their Families, Fellow - American Psychiatric Association – Faisal Kagadkar, MD
2020-2022 APA Foundation Board of Directors, Guest Fellow - American Psychiatric Association – Faisal Kagadkar, MD
2020-present APA/APAF Diversity Leadership Fellowship American Psychiatric Association -   Diego Garces Grosse, MD
2021 Educational Outreach Program Award for General Psychiatry Residents, AACAP-Dr. Ana Dr. Zacarkim Pinheiro dos Santos, MD

Regional Honors/Awards
2017                      Scholarship Award – New Jersey Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association – Veer Iyer, MD
2017                      Extra Mile Award - VA New Jersey Healthcare System – Zain Khalid, MD
2018                      Third Prize, Resident Poster Competition - Thomas W. Salmon Award Lecture at the New York Academy of Medicine – Robert Rymowicz, DO
2019                      Honorable Mention, Resident Paper Contest - New Jersey Psychiatric Association – Mayowa Olusunmade, MD, and Tooba Qadir, MD

University Based Honors/Awards (Does not include departmental awards)
2018                      Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award - Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Arnold P. Gold Foundation – Sebastian Cisneros, MD
2018                      Best Poster - Rutgers Urban Mental Health Conference – Senthil Rajaram, MD
2019                      Golden Apple Resident Teaching Award – James Sherer, MD
2019                      Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award - Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Arnold P. Gold Foundation – James Sherer, MD
2019                      GMEResident Recognition Award – Rutgers New Jersey Medical School– James Sherer, MD
2020                      NJ Psychiatric Association (NJPA) Advocacy Academy – Yonatan Kaplan, MD
2020 GME Resident Recognition Award – Rutgers New Jersey Medical School – Donya Nazery, DO

National Level Committees:
2015-2019          AAAP Scientific Planning Committee - American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry – Robert Rymowicz, DO
2019 – present    Scientific Program Committee of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)  James Sherer, MD, Aitzaz Munir, MD, Muhammad Aadil, MD & Chun Tong, MD
2019 – present    Addiction and Law Committee of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)  Aitzaz Munir, MD
2020 – present    Child Council of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) - Faisal Kagadkar, MD
2020 Frontline Wellness project, Department of Defense – Donya Nazery, DO
2021 – 2022 Resident/Fellow Member Chapter Representatives – Prerana Suresh Kurtkoti, MD

State Level Committees:
2021 – 2022 NJ Psychiatric Association (NJPA) Rutgers NJMS Representative – Prerana Suresh Kurtkoti, MD
2020 – present    NJ Psychiatric Association (NJPA) Rutgers NJMS Representative – Diego Garces Grosse, MD
2019 – present    NJ Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NJCCAP) Resident Representative – Faisal Kagadkar, MD

NJMS Committees:
2018 – 2019        University Hospital Value Analysis Committee – Geoffrey Talis, MD
2018 – 2019        University Hospital Utilization Review – Geoffrey Talis, MD
2018 – present     University Hospital Behavioral Science Hospital Committee – James Sherer, MD & Rober Aziz, MD
2018 – 2019        University Hospital Family Health Services Quality – Chun Tong, MD
2018 – 2019        University Hospital Pain Management – Faisal Kagadkar, MD, Muhammad Aadil, MD, Tooba Qadir, MD & Aitzaz Munir, MD
2019 – 2020        Residency Council Treasurer – Rober Aziz, MD
2018 – 2019       GME Resident Wellness Committee – James Sherer, MD, Donya Nazery, DO
2020 – present    GME Resident Council – Aitzaz Munir, MD
2021 – pres. GME Resident Council –  Bella Acosta Arias, M.D.
2020 – pres. UH quality improvement steering committee - Yonatan Kaplan, MD
2020 – pres. UH Bioethics Committee and UH Pain Management Committee.- Kishan Shah, MD