2008-09-05 / Community

Patel Ranked Nationally As Outstanding Resident

Pictured (l-r) Peter A. Guiney, D.O., Director, Department of Medical Education and Director, Family Practice Residency Program; Merck Award Recipient Dipak Patel, D.O., Chief Resident, Family Practice Residency Program; Sadhana Gupta, M.D., Director, Family Health Center; and Aaron Nesoff, M.D., Associate Director, Family Health Center. Pictured (l-r) Peter A. Guiney, D.O., Director, Department of Medical Education and Director, Family Practice Residency Program; Merck Award Recipient Dipak Patel, D.O., Chief Resident, Family Practice Residency Program; Sadhana Gupta, M.D., Director, Family Health Center; and Aaron Nesoff, M.D., Associate Director, Family Health Center. Dipak Patel, D.O., Chief Resident, Family Practice Residency Program of Peninsula Hospital Center, has been selected as one of only four residents from across the country to receive the prestigious American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) Outstanding Resident Award for 2008. In addition to this prestigious national honor, Dr. Patel will receive a $5,000 cash award during a reception and awards presentation to be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada in October 2008.

The recipients of the four national Merck awards are all osteopathic physicians in a residency program who demonstrate outstanding commitment to osteopathic philosophy, compassion, commitment to patient care, strong leadership skills, as well as an extraordinary commitment to education. In each case, they have achieved a unique accomplishment worthy of national recognition.

Patel embarked on a formal research study in March, 2007 during his intern year. He completed a comprehensive evaluation of PHC's Family Health Center's diabetic patients, based on the parameters from the AOA's Clinical Assessment Program concerning diabetes mellitus. Patel was granted a rare privilege to present his study at the Hospital Center's Grand Rounds and subsequently developed his study into a research poster, which was presented to the American College of Osteopathy Family Practice research conference this past March in Denver, Colorado. Patel also presented his research to the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Education Consortium in May and has submitted it for publication. Patel is also actively involved with medical education and has been given a leadership role. After the end of his internship year, he created a "Resident Lecture Series" - a collection of 90 major family medicine topics and put together a twice-a-week lecture schedule to be given by family practice residents.

In addition to his commitment to improving patient care in the Rockaways, for the past five years, he has been the co-director of a non-profit, 501c3 tax exempt charity organization - Aamar Nijer ("My Own") - providing for the education, health care and basic needs of several hundred women and children in Calcutta, India.

According to Patel, "My residency at Peninsula Hospital Center has provided the skills necessary for dealing with any population of patients, including the most challenging. I carry this commitment to primary care with me in my day-to-day work in the field of family medicine and look forward to applying my experiences to those who need a stronger relationship with a family physician. Even here in Rockaway there are patients who still use the Emergency Departments as their primary doctor and I would like to help them get their own physicians for ongoing, continuous health care. In the long run, it's better for everyone."

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