2005-07-22 / Community

PHC Chief Resident Wins National Award

Dr. Aaron NessoffDr. Aaron Nessoff Dr. Jonathan E. Eckstein, Chief Resident for Family Practice at Peninsula Hospital Center, has earned national recognition as one of four nationwide residents who will receive the American Osteopathic Foundation’s Pfizer Outstanding Resident Award for 2005. In addition to the national recognition, Dr. Eckstein will receive a $5,000 cash award at a ceremony and reception in Orlando, Florida this fall. This is the fourth time in six years that a resident in the Family Practice Program at Peninsula Hospital Center has earned this national recognition.

In 2003, after only seven weeks at the Hospital Center, Dr. Eckstein was made Chief Resident for Family Practice. The Director of the Family Practice Residency Program, Dr. Peter Guiney, recognized Dr. Eckstein’s potential immediately. “It was obvious right away that Dr. Eckstein was among the select few,” explains Guiney. “Jonathan arrived at Peninsula Hospital Center with an arsenal of education and hands-on training gained from his deployment to Iraq with Task Force Tarawa where he provided front line medical treatment during the first six months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Aaron Nesoff, Director of the Family Health Center at PHC added, “Dr. Eckstein came to the Hospital Center equipped with leadership skills, expertise and experience gained from his position as Battalion Surgeon and quickly earned the respect of all those in our teaching program.”

Dr. Jonathan Eckstein treating troops in IraqDr. Jonathan Eckstein treating troops in Iraq During his years in the active military service, Dr. Eckstein also served as the Special Medical Advisory to the Commanding Officer, Chemical Biological Responder and as Triage and Treating Officer, Mass Casualty Collection Site. Dr. Eckstein brought this invaluable experience to the Hospital Center where he is also a team member of the hospital’s Emergency Information Command System. Dr. Eckstein is skilled in Advanced Trauma Life Support, chemical/biological medical science and preventative medicine and his dedication to his patients is evident - he has made house calls to patients unable to come to the Family Health Center.

While in Iraq, Dr. Eckstein was an eager participant in the humanitarian efforts in local villages, schools and clinics. He recalls many occasions when he and his fellow Marines provided medical assistance to Iraqi civilians injured in conflict and how they would save treats from their own rations to give out to the children in Iraqi villages.

As more young residents specialize in the more lucrative specialized areas of medicine, it is becoming a distinct challenge to recruit Family Practice residents throughout the nation. Dr. Eckstein recognizes the challenges, which lie ahead for Family Practice physicians, but is eager to devote his full time and attention to his new Family Practice in Valley Stream and, hopefully, expand to an office here in the Rockaways in the near future. “I have always wanted to be a primary care physician,” explains Dr. Eckstein. “Even during my years in the active military service, I enjoyed treating the entire family. My training and experiences here at Peninsula Hospital Center will serve me very well in the future.”

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