MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Paul Antonecchia, MD, MBA, FACP, CPE |Program Director, Internal Medicine

Although our society relies considerably on technology, as does our profession, we need to remember that there remains an “art” to what we do (as referred to in the Hippocratic and Osteopathic Oaths, below). I am proud to be part of a program that emphasizes the art of medicine as well as the science. At St. John’s Riverside Hospital, not only will you learn evidence based medical practice, you will develop your professionalism, communication and humanistic skills. Providing high quality care to our diverse community and providing you with a high quality education are our top priorities. Through our performance improvement processes, you will continuously strive towards excellence and we always welcome your feedback, not only on the care you provide, but on the teaching environment. Our administration, faculty and staff are committed to providing you with an exemplary educational experience.

With our program situated in a suburban location in close proximity to New York City, you are able to enjoy the best of many experiences. Cultural, outdoor and athletic activities are all within your grasp and we encourage you to leverage them.

The faculty, staff and I appreciate your interest in the Internal Medicine program at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. After reviewing our website, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of us should you require any additional information, or have any questions.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick. I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

The Hippocratic Oath

I will be mindful always of my great responsibility to preserve the health and the life of my patients, to retain their confidence and respect both as a physician and a friend who will guard their secrets with scrupulous honor and fidelity, to perform faithfully my professional duties, to employ only those recognized methods of treatment consistent with good judgment and with my skill and ability.