Resident of the Month

Residents are required to meet and surpass various expectations throughout their training. Such expectations are measured and discussed individually with each resident through a standardized evaluation system. These evaluations are completed by a supervising faculty member at the conclusion of each clinical rotation.

This system, however, leaves little opportunity for ancillary staff, medical students, peers and other faculty members to praise residents.

Our resident of the month initiative aims to rectify this gap.  The Resident of the Month Award identifies and recognizes residents for their well-rounded, altruistic behavior, when they excel beyond their clinical duties. This recognition offers the opportunity for any faculty, staff, or resident to nominate a deserving resident.


1. Currently employed as a Family Medicine or Psychiatry Resident at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

2. Any PGY level 

3. Performed in an outstanding manner in any or all of the following areas: service to patients, service to                 patient’s families, educational efforts, superior staff leadership, or humanitarian services

September 2014

 PGY2, Dr. Cherly Estevez was awarded the September 2014 "Resident of the Month Award."  She received the award in response to her multiple nominations.  One nominator wrote of Dr. Estevez:  "When the patient needs her service, Dr. Estevez is always there on time.  When it comes to patient care, Dr. Estevez is all about taking good care of the patient, and she is amazing and we are blessed to have her on our team." 

October 2014

 PGY1, Dr. Camille Dunkley was awarded the October 2014 "Resident of the Month Award."  She received the award in response to her multiple nominations.   

November 2014

 PGY2, Dr. Sowande Buckmire was awarded the November 2014 "Resident of the Month Award."  He received the award in response to his multiple nominations.  One nominator wrote of Dr. Buckmire:  "Dr. Buckmire has a pleasant and positive attitude that makes him easy to work with.  He communicates well with patients, colleagues, and staff members.  He is willing to assist other residents while in clinic.  He sometimes stays late in clinic to provide patient care or to support other residents who are still seeing patients." 

December 2014
PGY3, Dr. Nina Hicks was awarded the December 2014 "Resident of the Month Award." Dr. Hicks received the award for her ability to recognize, assess and treat the biopsychosocial needs of her patients, particularly during a time of high risk. In clinic she has demonstrated her understanding of the importance of the doctor/patient relationship and how she can help her patients when they are in crisis. Dr. Hicks excelled in a specific situation where a patient with suicidal ideation. Dr. Hicks created an appropriate safety plan with the patient and requested that he return with his wife the following week. She made SW and Psych referrals for the patient as well, but still had him return to see her. She invited him to bring his wife to further discuss his mental health status and how to help him. During the visit she asked a behavioral scientist to sit in. According to the behavioral scientist It was clear that the patient felt heard, understood, safe and supported by Dr. Hicks, as did his wife. Her dedication to the well-being of her patients, beyond their medical needs, is why Dr. Hicks has received the December 2014 "Resident of the Month Award."

January 2015

 PGY3, Dr. Basant Sandhu was awarded the January 2015 "Resident of the Month Award."  He received the award in response to his multiple nominations.  One nominator wrote of Dr. Sandhu:  "Dr. Sandhu is consistently professional, warm, and caring to everyone with whom I have seen him interact, whether they are patients or staff.  He also goes above and beyond his professional responsibilities.  Recently while visiting the inpatient floors, I spoke with him about a patient who needed visiting nurse services after discharge from the hospital.  He told me about the difficulty he had in setting up this service and how he went about trying to remove any barriers so that the patient could receive this care.  Finally, he told me, the service informed him that they could not help the patient because he did not have a working phone.  Dr. Sandhu problem-solved with the patient and offered the service alternative contact phone numbers of the patient's family, but they still declined.  As a final attempt, Dr. Sandhu spoke with the patient and offered to go across the street and buy a cheap phone for the patient.  As a result, the patient was able to be discharged with the appropriate services.  Dr. Sandhu told me this story with great humility and patience, and  relief that his patient was going to get the services.  He did not seem to think twice that part of good medical care is helping patients with after care and practical needs, and did not seem to consider that “this is not my job.”  He showed great respect and caring for his patient, and I could not help but wonder how the patient felt about this.  If I were the patient or one of his family members, my trust in him would have increased greatly, and I would have felt very cared for.  I would not easily forget what he did for me."