Christiana Care’s faculty and staff welcomed 19 students from The Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University to their home for the next two years at a July 13 reception.

Many of the students were born and raised in the community, attended the University of Delaware, and are participating in the Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research (DIMER), a program that helps Delaware students attend medical school and creates a pipeline to supply highly qualified doctors to Delaware. About a third of all DIMER students at Sidney Kimmel choose to return to Delaware to participate in the Delaware Branch Campus Program, which gives them a unique opportunity to join the Christiana Care community and complete their clinical training in their home state.

Allen Friedland, M.D., FACP, FAAP, program director, Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, and Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, were at the welcoming reception.

“This enhances the student’s opportunity and interest to take part in the many robust residency programs offered at Christiana Care,” said Lisa Maxwell, M.D., associate chief learning officer. “This is a very exciting time, as this year’s enrollment in the Delaware Branch Campus has positioned the program, now in its seventh year, to reach a total of 105 students and bring the long-time connection back home where 50 percent of the students are from.”

In addition to being a welcoming event for the medical students, this annual reception at the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center is an opportunity for graduating medical students to heap praise on the physicians and staff who taught and guided them over the past two years.

Matthew Burday, D.O., and Lindsay Green from Academic Affairs were recognized as Attending Teacher and Student Coordinator of the Year, respectively.

This year, Matthew Burday, D.O., of the Department of Medicine, once again received the Attending Teacher of the Year Award from the graduating medical students. Dr. Burday has received many honors for excellence in teaching, including the national 2011 Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator from the American College of Physicians, the largest medical-specialty organization in the United States. He is an inductee and member of the Jefferson Academy of Distinguished Educators and perennial recipient of recognition for teaching excellence from many quarters.

David Roofeh, M.D., an alumni and former chief resident of the Christiana Care dual residency program in internal medicine and pediatrics, was recognized Resident Teacher of the Year.

Lindsay Green was recognized by the graduating medical students as student coordinator of the year.