Residents Stand Together
Dear St. John's Riverside Hospital,
The medical residents of the internal medicine program at St. John's are proud of the consistent support, academic progress, and institutional camaraderie that the program has built and improved upon over the last 5 years. The hospital has grown to accept and incorporate the residents in its daily ability to function efficiently, and in return, the residents have transformed what was once a small, community hospital in Yonkers, NY into an academic center that trains successful physicians. None of the above could have been accomplished without the incredible support of the Symphony hospitalists, who have selflessly reconstructed their routine to that of a full-scope teaching service.
We are writing to you today with disappointment to discuss the dismissal of Dr. George Youseph, who is considered by the residents as the most influential, well-respected, and most academic hospitalist employed by Symphony. The decision to terminate Dr. Youseph certainly comes as a surprise given his undeniable dedication to his profession, his trainees, and most importantly, his patients. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when uncertainty and anxiety surged amongst the entirety of the staff, Dr. Youseph emerged as one of the leaders whose uncanny ability to remain calm and professional inspired the residents to continue to help save many lives.
The internal medicine residents strongly urge the leaders of our program to reconsider the dismissal of Dr. George Youseph. He is a kind-hearted individual who goes beyond his teaching duty to ensure his trainees are well prepared for their future careers. Without him as an attending on our service, the program will assuredly suffer at the cost of our education.
Thank you for your continued support
Internal Medicine Residents