Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program

Good Samaritan Hospital works in affiliation with Mercy Medical Hospital to offer the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program. Our small program enables one-on-one clinical and professional mentorship throughout the continuum of residency training.

Comprehensive Inpatient and Outpatient Training

Mercy Hospital offers a breadth of exposure to PM&R through inpatient and outpatient experiences. Inpatient training will give you experience in treating stroke, spinal cord injury, disabling arthritis, neurological disorders, and major orthopedic surgeries and neurosurgeries. You also receive outpatient training in many subspecialties, including:

  • Electrodiagnostic medicine
  • General physiatry
  • Interventional pain management
  • Neurology
  • Osteopathic manipulative medicine
  • Pain medicine
  • Pediatric neurology
  • Pediatric rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Sports medicine

Accreditation

The PM&R Residency Program at Good Samarian Hospital is accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program Leadership

 

Thomas Jan

Thomas Jan, DO
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Program Director/Director of Medical Education

Wendy Parwana
Residency Program Manager

Contact the Department of Medical Education for additional information on the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program.

Wendy Parwana
Residency Program Coordinator
Wendy.Parwana@chsli.org
516-705-3954

Mercy Hospital
Department of Graduate Medical Education
1000 N Village Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Program Features

Good Samaritan Hospital offers our residents a competitive salary and benefits package. Some residency programs offer additional perks to help you as you learn.

Salaries

  • PGY 1 $69,275

  • PGY 2 $72,365

  • PGY 3 $75,455

  • PGY 3 Chief $77,955

  • PGY 4 $78,545

  • PGY 4 Chief $81,045

  • PGY 5 $80,605

  • PGY 6 $82,665

Benefits 

  • Health and dental insurance

  • Life and disability insurance

  • Medical malpractice insurance

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

  • $900 CME conference stipend annually; increases to $1,900 CME conference stipend in final year of primary residency training

  • $2,400 meal stipend*

  • $3,000 housing stipend*

  • $1,000 travel stipend*

  • Free parking

  • Lab coats

*Included in salary

In addition, PM&R Residency Program residents also receive:

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) membership

  • Three days each year to attend a National Conference of your choosing

  • 20 vacation days

Upon completion of your residency, you will have 36 months of comprehensive training in:

  • Outpatient—Approximately 15 months
  • Inpatient—12 months
  • Consults—5 months
  • Pediatrics—2 months
  • Electives—2 months

Inpatient Rotations

  • General Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, 9 months
  • Traumatic Brain Injury at Burke Rehabilitation, 1 month
  • Spinal Cord Injury at Burke Rehabilitation,1 month

Outpatient Rotations

  • OMT/General PM&R/Prosthetics and Orthotics, MDA Clinic, 6-7 months
  • Pain Management/Interventional Spine/General PM&R Clinic, 6-7 months
  • MSK/Sports Medicine, 1-2 months
  • Adult Neurology/Electrodiagnostic Medicine, 1-2 months

Additional Rotations

  • Consults, 5 months
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation, 2 months
  • Electives, 2 months

Affiliated Sites

Inpatient and teaching facilities:

  • Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, White Plains, NY
  • New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Center for Sports Medicine
  • St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Bayside Queens, NY

Outpatient practices and facilities:

  • Center for Pediatric Specialty Care at Good Samaritan
  • Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation, Massapequa, NY
  • Muscular Dystrophy Care Center at St. Charles Hospital
  • Neurology Office of Dr. Poonam Dulai, MD, Rockville Centre, NY
  • Orthopedic Surgery with Dr. Salvatore Corso, MD, Westbury, NY
  • Pain & Rehabilitation Medical Specialists, Freeport and Hicksville, NY
  • Pain Institute of Long Island, Rockville Centre, NY
  • Pain Management Center of Long Island, Rockville Centre, NY
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery with Dr. John Grant, MD, Rockville Centre, NY
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Long Island, Bridgewaters, NY
  • Physical Medicine with Dr. Rebecca Fishman, DO, Rockville Centre and Syosset, NY

The PM&R Residency Program places a large emphasis on academics, which includes weekly protected time (Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), monthly activities, and various conferences and workshops.  

  • Cadaver workshops
  • Didactic lectures
  • Electrodiagnostic lectures
  • Grand rounds
  • Guest lectures
  • Journal club
  • Lectures on physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy
  • Monthly lectures in pediatric, orthopedic, medical and neurosurgical grand
  • Online lecture series
  • Procedural workshops
  • Radiology rounds
  • Regional and national conferences throughout each year
  • Various noontime lectures
  • Workshops on comprehensive EMG, musculoskeletal ultrasound, functional biomechanics and osteopathic manipulative medicine

Board review is also built into your didactic schedule to ensure you cover all chapters of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board Review by Dr. Sara J. Cuccurullo.

Residents receive training on research and are responsible for completing research projects throughout their residency

Fourth-year and select third-year medical students are eligible for one-month elective rotations in PM&R. These rotations expose medical students to general inpatient, consult and outpatient clinics. Students have the opportunity to work closely with both residents and attending physicians. For more information or to schedule a rotation, contact the Residency Program Coordinator at 516-705-3954 or Wendy.Parwana@chsli.org

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are applying for a regular PGY 2 slot through the match, you must apply through the Electronic Residency Application System  (ERAS). If you have questions, the Residency Program Coordinator at 516-705-3954 or Wendy.Parwana@chsli.org.

No, this is an advanced position residency program. You must apply separately for an ACGME-accredited preliminary or transitional PGY 1 position. This is usually done at the same time that you apply for the PGY 2 position.

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current C.V.
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE/COMLEX transcript
  • MSPE Dean’s Letter
  • Photograph

We have earned continued accreditation by ACGME since August 27, 2018.

Our program has a 100% fellowship match rate for residents who have chosen to pursue a fellowship.

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Meet Our Leaders and Faculty

Rebecca Fishman, DO

PM&R Residency Program Director

Dr. Fishman received her D.O. degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. She completed a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Traditional rotating Internship at Long Beach Medical Center. Dr. Fishman received her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York where she serves as Chief Resident. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine.

Dr. Fishman has a private PM&R and OMM practice in Syosset and Rockville Centre, NY. Dr. Fishman founded the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Long Beach Medical Center in 2005 and served as the program director until 2014 when Long Beach Medical Center closed secondary to damages sustained in Hurricane Sandy. The PM&R residency program moved to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Center where Dr. Fishman continues to serve as the Program Director as well as the Director of Medical Education. Given her history as a professional singer and dancer, Dr. Fishman maintains her special clinical interest in dance and performing arts medicine.

Dr. Fishman dedicates her time as an AOCPMR representative on the American Osteopathic Association’s Program and Trainee Review Council. She is currently the Vice President of the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and serves as an Oral Board Examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In her free time, Dr. Fishman enjoys spending time with her family and eight pets. (Nine if you include her fish, Mystic!!)

Perry Stein, MD, MBA

Director of Mercy Hospital Department of PM&R

Dr. Stein received his M.D. degree from State University of New York in 1986. He completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York in 1990, and obtained board certification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1991. He went on to complete a fellowship in Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine at The Neurology Group and obtained board certification in Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine in 1992.

Dr. Stein established a successful Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation practice in Brooklyn, New York, and was named a top Doctor by New York magazine. Dr. Stein accepted the position of Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York in 2002, where he continues to serve.

Dr. Stein has held many leadership positions on the medical staff of Mercy Hospital, and also received his MBA from Adelphi University in 2013.

After years of caring for patients with serious illnesses, Dr. Stein developed a passion for Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and obtained board certification in this field in 2012.

Catholic Health

  • Dr. Thomas Jan, DO - Pain Management, Addiction Medicine
  • Dr. Juan Ledon, MD - Pain management, EMG & Ultrasound
  • Dr. Michael Nicolosi, DO - Pain Management, Interventional Spine
  • Dr. Steven Pinsky, MD - Pain Management, Interventional Spine
  • Dr. Neil Kirschen, MD - Pain Management, Interventional Spine
  • Dr. Poonam Dulai, MD - Neurology/EMG
  • Dr. Paulinder Rai, DO - Prosthetics & Orthotics, Spasticity Management
  • Dr. Keith Chu Cheong, MD and Dr. Sarita Duchatelier, MD - Pediatric Neurology
  • Dr. Jennifer Gray, DO - MDA Clinic
  • Dr. Salvatore Corso, MD- Orthopedic Surgery
  • Dr. John A Grant, MD - Pediatric Neurosurgery

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, White Plains, NY

  • Dr. Justin Hill, MD and Dr. Erika Trovato, DO - TBI
  • Dr. Jennie Valles, MD and Dr. Sudhir Vaidya, MD - SCI
  • Dr. Richard Novitch, MD and Dr. Norma Balcetis, MD - CardioPulmonary

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Sports Medicine, Old Westbury, NY

  • Dr. Hallie Zwibel, DO - Sports Medicine, OMT
  • Dr. Matthew Heller, DO - Sports Medicine, OMT
  • Dr. Matthew Hayes, DO - Sports Medicine, OMT

St. Mary’s Hospital, Bayside Queens, NY

  • Dr. Hilary Berlin, MD (Pediatrics)

Meet Our Current Residents

Nathanial Thomas, DO

Chief Resident

Hometown: Seven Mile, OH
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Sports, Traveling, Outdoors

Heather Theobald, DO

Chief Resident

Hometown: Toquerville, Utah
Undergraduate: University of Utah
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Interventional Spine
Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with my dogs

Parth N Patel, DO

Hometown: Monroe Twp, NJ
Undergraduate: New York Institute of Technology
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Regenerative Medicine, Sports, Pain Medicine
Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, Weight Lifting

Sophia Yae, DO

Hometown: Bronx, New York
Undergraduate: Columbia University
Medical School: Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Cancer rehabilitation, OMM
Interests/Hobbies: Traveling & sight-seeing, eating yummy foods, swimming, painting, sewing

Daryl Keith Granger, DO

Hometown: Dothan, AL
Undergraduate: University of Mobile
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: 
Interests/Hobbies: Baseball, Football, Golf, and Traveling

Michael Schloss, DO

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
Undergraduate: Millikin University
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: 
Interests/Hobbies: Hockey/Soccer/Golf, Music, Finance, Liverpool FC & playing with my Australian Shepherds!

Rory Siegel, DO

Hometown: Stoughton, MA
Undergraduate: The College of William and Mary
Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: 
Interests/Hobbies: OrangeTheory, Traveling, Going to the Beach 

Meet Our Graduates

Tam Quach, DO - Washington- Consult/outpatient

Joanna Israel, DO - Scottsdale, Arizona - Honor Health

Corey A. Johnson, DO - Indiana- Inpatient/Outpatient

Brian Mavretich, DO - Fellowship- National Spine and Pain Center - Winter Park, Florida


  • Sahba Oboudiyat, DO - Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • Oksana Zhivotenko, DO - Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
  • Ameer S. Ali, DO - Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship, Virginia iSpine