Why New York Medical College
EM Residency?


Our mission is to furnish residents with a diverse training environment comprised of high acuity trauma patients and the underserved of Harlem; and to graduate exceptional, benevolent physicians.


Roger Chirurgi MD, FAAEM

Program Director


The original New York Medical College Emergency Medicine program at Metropolitan Hospital was the first EM program in Manhattan and is the second oldest in the State of New York. We offer a three-year residency that is committed to training residents who will graduate with a high degree of academic and clinical competence. The faculty members and I are committed to providing the highest quality education, promoting an environment conducive to academic and personal growth.

One of the greatest strengths of our program is the cultural diversity of patient populations, a variety of medical practice patterns, residents and faculty who work here. The residents have the opportunity to participate in patient care in different emergency medicine practice settings, which include the primary clinical site of Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan and Harlem Hospital.

We hope you seriously consider our residency program and look forward to connecting with you this interview season.

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Frosso Adamakos MD, FACEP

Vice Chair of Education


Our residency quickly becomes your second home when you join our team and anyone who steps into the working environment can quickly pick that up. Here you can expect loving coming to work, hanging out with your coworkers, sometimes even their families on your time off, and getting a great education throughout your time with us.


I have been fortunate enough to have many mentors propel my career and help me achieve career goals I never even knew existed like being an ACEP and CORD lecturer, part of the FemInEM community and on the ALLNYCEM board of directors. My mission is to do the same for each of my residents; to lift them up and support them in anyway possible.


Our EM residency has come a long way and with it's recent merge with Harlem hospital, our rigorous and exciting flipped classroom curriculum, and our ever expanding faculty including a new ultrasound division (to name a few) we rival any other program out there. We pride ourselves on always changing with the times, but one thing always stays the same. That is our commitment to each of our residents personally and professionally. We are looking for awesome residents to join our family who feel like NYMC Metropolitan/Harlem is a good fit for them. We hope you enjoy our website and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Cara Taubman MD, MPH

Assistant Program Director


Dr. Taubman is the Assistant Program Director at Harlem Hospital. She graduated from New York Medical College with an MD MPH and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Jacobi and Montefiore Medical Centers where she served as Chief Resident. During residency she received Leo M. Davidoff society’s Award for Medical Student Education and Emergency Physician of the year. After residency she went on to an International Emergency Medicine fellowship at Columbia University where she worked with the ministries of health in both Ghana and Rwanda. Dr. Taubman also worked with Doctors Without Boarders in South Sudan. 


At Harlem, Dr. Taubman is the Director of Disaster Medicine for the Emergency Department and Emergency Preparedness for the Hospital. 


Christina Ciraco DO

Assistant Program Director, Clerkship Director


It is an honor to be part of NYMC Met-Harlem’s impressive team of faculty and to work in the largest public health system in the country. We have a very supportive and team-oriented culture and a lot of positive changes are happening here!

I am passionate about medical education and bring with me the experience of undergoing a preclinical education that was entirely case-based, which I believe is the best way for the adult learner to retain knowledge. With this in mind I have helped restructure the format of our weekly conference, which now consists of mainly flipped-classroom style discussions in small groups. We’ve also implemented a vigorous SIM curriculum, 24/7 learning via SLACK as well as dedicated medical student didactics and procedure workshops.

Wellness is a major part of  the resident experience and I am a firm believer that it is vital for success. We have not only incorporated it into our curriculum but we strive to practice what we preach by maintaining a culture of psychological safety where no one feels uncomfortable speaking up.  We have an open-door policy and provide our residents and students with monthly constructive feedback as well as mentoring and guidance inside and outside of the hospital setting.

Our goal is to ensure that our residents and rotators are provided with all of the tools necessary to reach their full potential as successful and well-rounded Emergency Medicine Physicians.


Sonja Jauhal MD

Assistant Program Director, Metropolitan Emergency Ultrasound Site Director


I completed my residency training here and am very excited to be back with my MetHarlem family full time as one of the Assistant Program Directors and the Emergency Department Ultrasound Director at Metropolitan Hospital. One of my favourite things about our program is the people, which is what ultimately what brought me back. Our team is supportive and dedicated to each other. We are here to provide our residents with whatever support they need to succeed. We encourage feedback and welcome ideas from the residents on how to help our program continue to grow.


I am particularly passionate about resident wellness and work closely with our resident wellness committee to ensure that their voices are heard and that we provide them with everything they need to maintain their mental and physical wellness throughout residency. One of the most important things in residency is to make sure that you join a team of people who are supportive and that you enjoy being around. I am happy to say that our residents really do feel like a family. Being the oldest emergency medicine residency program in Manhattan with a steadfast dedication to resident wellness, we are proud to say that we have one of the strongest alumni networks. We are always here to help you, even after you have completed your training.

I hope that being a graduate from this program, I can provide a unique prospective and can contribute to the continued growth of this wonderful program.


Ms. Waleska Ovalles

Residency Program Coordinator, Metropolitan Site Coordinator


I simply love my job. I have been at Metropolitan Hospital for 13 years, 10 years as the Residency Coordinator and Student Clerkship Coordinator and have helped many other departments in the hospital. I am not just a “coordinator” I am part of something bigger and being able to change someone’s life is one of the most fulfilling aspects of this job. Here at Metropolitan/Harlem EM Residency Program we are that and more, we are family. At MetHarlem we just don’t say these things, it is our way of life. We hope you love getting to know us through our website and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Ms. Annick Green

Harlem Site Coordinator


In 1996, I started working as a vendor at multiple Health + Hospital facilities and eventually became a Clerical Associate in the Harlem Hospital Emergency Department. Working in the Emergency room during COVID-19 is something I will never forget, between the countless patients, frantic phone calls from family members and the AMAZING emotional support from the people in the neighborhood; 2020 was a year that brought lots of changes. In 2020, I also was able to join this great MetHarlem Emergency Family as the Harlem Residency Coordinator, I was welcomed with open arms and trust by the Faculty and all Residents alike. Being able to come to work and actually enjoying what you do, to me his highly important and I found that here.


Mr. Michael Carty

Clerkship Coordinator


I have been working at Metropolitan for twelve years and spent seven years as a clerical associate before being promoted to supervisor of the entire clerical department in 2015. Over my time as clerical associate, I have learned, grown and blossomed over my twelve years in emergency medicine. I am grateful for all my years of experience which has given me the opportunity to grow and expand within. It has truly been an honor and blessing and I am excited for my next chapter as the student clerkship coordinator.


I look forward to being a part of the MetHarlem Emergency Family! The team we have is very hard working, team oriented and loving which is shown on a daily basis. As a native of Harlem and also being born at Metropolitan Hospital

I come to work daily with a sense of pride and enjoyment. It is very fulfilling to be a role model in my community and being able to help somebody in my community each day.