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Why Metropolitan/Harlem
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.


Christina Ciraco DO

Associate 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.


Samantha Revello DO

Assistant Program Director

Hi! My name is Samantha and I graduated from St Barnabas Hospital residency in the Bronx. I loved being able to teach residents during my time at SBH, so I am honored to become APD at MetHarlem! I want to continue keeping residents and students engaged on shift and during all educational opportunities. Harlem Hospital is a great place to learn and to see a variety of medical pathology and trauma. Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any questions you may have about residency at MetHarlem.

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Daniel Mor, DO

Assistant Program Director, Medical Education Fellow

I completed my residency training at MetHarlem and was fortunate enough to be given the role of Medical Education Fellow and Assistant Program Director. MetHarlem has been my home throughout residency and I quickly fell in love with academics. It is now my pleasure to continue my training in Academics and bring back my experience and teachings into the program. I am extremely excited to work alongside such a talented and impressive staff. My goal is to help each individual resident grow and help train the next generation of Emergency Medicine attendings. 


Ms. Waleska Ovalles

Residency Program Coordinator, Metropolitan Site Coordinator, Clerkship 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.

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Ms. Maritza Villegas

Residency Coordinator, Harlem Site

Maritza Villegas is the Residency Coordinator for the Emergency Medicine Department in Harlem Hospital for Harlem Contract Residents. She has obtained a Bachelor in Psychology. Before Harlem Hospital she previously worked at Touro College of Pharmacy as an Executive Assistant for the Dean of Curriculum as well as Office Manager. Prior to Touro College of Pharmacy she worked at Montefiore Medical Center/ Women’s Center as the Coordinator for the Children’s Center an afterschool and summer program for HIV infected and affected children.

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