2004-06-25 / Community

SJEH Graduates 3-Year Residents in Internal Medicine

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg

SJEH Graduates 3-Year Residents in Internal Medicine


Dr. Sheldon Markowitz, Chairman of St. John’s Department of Internal Medicine congratulates the graduates by saying “You have culminated your training with three years of service to St. John’s Hospital and dedication to the Rockaways and the Five-Town communities.”Dr. Sheldon Markowitz, Chairman of St. John’s Department of Internal Medicine congratulates the graduates by saying “You have culminated your training with three years of service to St. John’s Hospital and dedication to the Rockaways and the Five-Town communities.”

By Miriam Rosenberg

Contributing Editor

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital graduated its newest class of three-year residents in internal medicine on June 17. The ceremony and dinner was held at the VFW Hall in Inwood and was attended by hospital staff and family and friends of the graduates.

"They come from all over the world and met at St. John’s," said Dr. Sheldon Markowitz, Chairman of St. John’s Department of Internal Medicine. "They’re going all over the world [to continue their careers]."


Dr. Victor Burnett, who founded St. John’s three-year resident program in Internal Medicine, extends his wishes to the graduates for a successful future.Dr. Victor Burnett, who founded St. John’s three-year resident program in Internal Medicine, extends his wishes to the graduates for a successful future.

Dr. Victor Burnett founded the three-year resident program in internal medicine at St. John’s 21-years ago. During that time, more than 220 internists have graduated and gone on to pursue their careers.


Dr. George Kandelaki tells his fellow graduates that “These years went by fast. The program is very friendly and the relationship with the [other] residents is like one big family.Dr. George Kandelaki tells his fellow graduates that “These years went by fast. The program is very friendly and the relationship with the [other] residents is like one big family.Dr. Saif Khan started his career at St. John’s in the department of surgery. As Dr. Sheldon Markowitz looks on, Dr. Khan tells Dr. Victor Burnett “If you had not created the [three-year internal medicine resident] program, I would not be here today.”Dr. Saif Khan started his career at St. John’s in the department of surgery. As Dr. Sheldon Markowitz looks on, Dr. Khan tells Dr. Victor Burnett “If you had not created the [three-year internal medicine resident] program, I would not be here today.”

Before the graduation ceremony at Inwood’s VFW Hall, some members of the graduating class gather for an informal photo.Before the graduation ceremony at Inwood’s VFW Hall, some members of the graduating class gather for an informal photo.Dr. Oluyemisi Ariyibi thanks Dr. Markowitz for giving her life in medicine back to her when she wasn’t sure it was what she wanted to do.Dr. Oluyemisi Ariyibi thanks Dr. Markowitz for giving her life in medicine back to her when she wasn’t sure it was what she wanted to do.

“I learned so much I feel that I can take on the world,” Dr. Ibiyonu Lawrence tells everyone at the graduation ceremony.“I learned so much I feel that I can take on the world,” Dr. Ibiyonu Lawrence tells everyone at the graduation ceremony.

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