Wunderkinds 2013: Jennifer Poste, MD, 29
Resident Physician, Sound Shore Medical Center
At 29 years old, Jennifer Poste, MD, is wildly accomplished for any physician, let alone one under 30. The Southern California native is tri-lingual (English, Spanish, Italian); has been internationally recognized for her medical research; and has her name on 10 professional publications.
Dr. Poste, an internal medicine resident at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, San Diego, in 2005. She went on to medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, where she became fluent in Spanish—and graduated in the top 5 percent of her class. She then completed a pre-internship program at New York Medical College in 2010 and has been a resident at Sound Shore ever since.
After being named Intern of the Year at Sound Shore in 2011, Dr. Poste received the Young Scientist Award at the 1st World Congress on Debates and Consensus in Bone, Muscle and Joint Diseases in Barcelona, Spain. Her research on the misdiagnosis of an extremely rare form of muscular dystrophy wowed the judges, not to mention the doctors leading her residency program.
Dr. Poste says she was drawn to medicine when her grandfather had a heart attack while she was in high school. “I remember interacting with his physicians and them being so thoughtful and careful in explaining everything,” she recalls. “I started volunteering in hospitals, getting involved in research.”
She is “terrific,” says Director of Medicine Stephen Jesmajian, MD. “Beyond the usual attributes that you’d want in a doctor—smart, capable, caring—she has phenomenal interpersonal skills. Her ability to relate and get along well with others is outstanding.”
Indeed, Dr. Poste is already known by other doctors at Sound Shore for her approach to patient care, which is built on forging strong ties with patients. “I feel really lucky to be in this field,” says Dr. Poste. She’s put special emphasis on her work in Sound Shore’s “continuity clinic,” where patients, many of whom have no insurance, get primary care and decide which doctor they want to follow up with. “When patients come back to see me, it’s so rewarding.”