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CentraState Medical Center Co-Chief Resident Receives National Award for Excellence

CentraState Medical Center Co-Chief Resident Receives National Award for Excellence

By |2021-11-04T11:47:18-04:00November 4th, 2021|
One of 12 recipients nationally to receive prestigious award

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently awarded the Graduate Medical Education Award for Excellence to Sydney Asselstine, MD, co-chief resident of CentraState’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Asselstine is one of only 12 recipients nationally to receive this esteemed distinction for demonstrating a high level of patient care, interpersonal relationships with patients, physicians and faculty and for her leadership and community involvement.

The prestigious AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education honors a select number of commendable residents for their outstanding leadership, civic involvement, exemplary patient care and aptitude for and interest in family medicine. Dr. Asselstine was selected out of a pool of 4,665 eligible family medicine residents for the year and as part of the award, received a $1,000 scholarship and complimentary registration for the virtual 2021 Family Medicine Experience that took place on September 28 – October 2, 2021.

“Sydney is an exceptional resident and we commend her on being honored with this most prestigious award,” said Maria Ciminelli, MD, FAAFP, Program Director of the CentraState Family Medicine Program. Following residency, Dr. Asselstine plans to complete a primary care sports medicine fellowship to complement her family medicine training and hopes to stay active in her community and continue her involvement in teaching and advocacy throughout her career.

The Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program at CentraState Medical Center is a university-sponsored residency program located in the culturally diverse community of Freehold, NJ. The program provides graduates the tools they need to excel in any future family medicine practice environment and features the latest technology for the optimal teaching environment.


CentraState Healthcare System is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, community-based health system that provides comprehensive health services in the central New Jersey region. In addition to offering a full range of leading-edge diagnostic and treatment options, CentraState serves as a valuable health partner focused on the latest ways to prevent disease, promote healthy behaviors, and help people of all ages live life well. Based in Freehold, CentraState is comprised of a 284-bed acute-care hospital, a vibrant health and wellness campus, three award-winning senior living communities, a charitable foundation, and four convenient satellite health pavilions. Among its many honors and accreditations, CentraState is one of only 2 percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® designation for nursing excellence four times. To learn more, visit


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) seeks to strengthen family physicians and the communities they care for. Built on decades of proven representation, leadership, and advocacy, supports its and the specialty with high standards and dynamic opportunities. To learn more, visit

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