Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Seven Graduate from Family Medicine Residency Program

June 30, 2011
After three years of dedicated service to the Somerset Medical Center community, seven members of the Somerset Family Practice Residency program recently graduated in front of peers, colleagues and loved ones.

Ken Bateman, president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center thanked the residents for their hard work and dedication to both Somerset Family Practice, and the medical center. He also encouraged the residents to “keep asking the tough questions,” for doing so will lead them on the path to success. 

Members of the Somerset Family Medicine Residency Program Class of 2011 include:

•Omowunmi Praise Akinruli, M.D., of Somerset. Dr. Akinruli is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica, West Indies. Her special interests include primary care, obstetrics, the medically underserved and global health. After graduation, Dr. Akinruli will be joining a private practice in Delaware. 
•Álvaro Rodrigo Encinas, M.D., of Jersey City. Dr. Encinas is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica, West Indies. His special interests include obstetrics and osteoporosis. During the 2010-2011 year, Dr. Encinas served as one of two chief residents for the program. After graduation, he will be completing an obstetrics fellowship in Tennessee.
•Jennifer Michalik Matier, M.D., of Raritan. Dr. Matier is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica, West Indies. Her special interests include women’s health, international medicine and preventative medicine. After graduation, she will be joining a private practice near Buffalo, NY.
•Christine Bessette Miloscia, M.D., of Raritan. Dr. Miloscia is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica, West Indies. Her special interests include pediatrics, obstetrics, and international medicine. After graduation, she will be joining a private practice in Florida.
•Carsten Paul Stracke, M.D., of Hillsborough. Dr. Stracke is a graduate of Saint Georges University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. His special interests include urgent care medicine and international medicine. After graduation he will be the Medical Director of an Urgent Care Center in Troy, NY.
•Constantine Vafidis, M.D., of Raritan. Dr. Vafidis is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica, West Indies. His special interests include sports medicine, international medicine and intensive care. After graduation, he will be joining a private practice in Connecticut.
•Anna Teresa Zajac, M.D., of Raritan. Dr. Zajac is a graduate of Collegium Medicum Jagiellonski University in Poland. Her special interests include primary care, continuity of care, preventive medicine and cardiovascular disorders. During the 2010-2011 year, Dr. Zajac served as one of two chief residents for the program. After graduation, she will be staying in the area and joining a practice in Franklin.

The faculty of the residency program awarded the Carl F. Meier, MD Award to Anna Zajac, MD, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the program and her exemplary qualities of a family physician that she demonstrated through service to the specialty, her peers and the community. Dr. Zajac was also received the 2011 Resident of the Year award from the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, a very prestigious honor she was awarded at their annual meeting in Atlantic City on June 17.
The faculty also awarded the Society of Teachers Family Medicine (STFM) Resident Teacher of the Year Award to Constantine Vafidis, MD, in recognition of his demonstrated interest, ability, and commitment to family medicine education.

The Special Appreciation Award, presented by the Family Practice Faculty, was awarded to Christine Bessette Miloscia, MD.

The Graduating Class of 2011 awarded the Teacher of the Year award to Luigi Brunetti, PharmD, BCPS, CGP in recognition of his dedication to the education and training of Family Physicians

More than 200 physicians have graduated from Somerset Medical Center’s three-year Somerset Family Practice Medicine Residency Program since its founding in 1975. The medical center’s 21 residents work under the supervision of attending physicians to provide care to its hospitalized patients, and along with faculty physicians, record over 20,000 outpatient visits each year in the medical center’s Somerset Family Practice Center. The residency program also offers a variety of community health services including home visits to the elderly, on-site medical expertise at local flu clinics, breast screenings and health and wellness education programs.

For more information on the Somerset Family Medicine Residency Program at Somerset Medical Center, visit the center’s Web site at somersetmedicalcenter.com.