Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) recently recognized Alisa Reznikov, MD, of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Family Medicine Residency at CentraState, with the Michael J. Doyle, MD, FAAFP New Jersey Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award at the NJAFP’s Family Medicine Forum in Atlantic City.
Named in honor of the late Michael Doyle, MD, a prominent family physician and past NJAFP president who was an active advocate for family medicine on state and national levels, the award is presented to one outstanding medical resident in the state who best exemplifies the tradition of the family practice resident by working effectively as a team physician, showing support to co-residents, being respected by peers and educators, and demonstrating leadership.
“Patients always come first with Dr. Reznikov,” said Maria Ciminelli, MD, FAAFP, program director of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Family Medicine Residency at CentraState. “As she has progressed through the rigors of medical training, she has kept her heart, believing that those around her have something important to say. That is how she collaborates with her patients, their families and other members of the medical team. She is a special example of a resident who shows the potential to continue as an outstanding N.J. family physician of the future.”
As a resident physician, Dr. Reznikov contributed significantly to the program by initiating a formal wellness program for residents. Her fellow residents elected her to be an alternate representative of the Resident Council, which evaluates resident issues of concern regarding professionalism, as well as suggests policy changes to improve the experience of family medicine residents. Dr. Reznikov is also an active member of CentraState’s Stroke Advisory Committee.
Professionally, Dr. Reznikov served a two-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the NJAFP. As a resident trustee, she was an influential member of the student debt task force that developed the KeepNJDocs.org website, and authored a piece in NJAFP’s Perspectives on family physicians’ rightful place in advocating for public health policies. Dr. Reznikov has given various lectures and presentations to audiences including the attending and resident physicians of CentraState Medical Center, and students from several New Jersey medical schools and Physician Assistant programs.
Dr. Reznikov is also a leader in her community, having previously volunteered for and provided physical examinations for New Jersey athletes of the Special Olympics, and given talks and health screenings to the community. In recognition of her accomplishments, CentraState faculty presented her with the 2018 CARE Award, given to a resident “who practices at an exceptional level with regard for advocacy for patients and having an overall sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for work as a family medicine resident.”
Dr. Reznikov earned her medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine in Barbados and her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. After graduation, she will begin her fellowship with a focus in Geriatrics at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, N.J., and wishes to continue a career in family medicine.
Dr. Reznikov resides in Ocean Grove, N.J.