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PGY-2 Residents


Joshua Feriante, DO

Lincoln Memorial University, Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Academic interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, consult/liaison psychiatry, interventional treatment modalities, psycho-oncology, sleep medicine

Personal interests: Reading, writing, going on walks, volunteering in youth groups, and spending time with my growing family.

I was impressed by the quality of training offered by the UMass residency program as well as the diversity of patients and pathology. What impressed me the most, however, was the atmosphere of collegiality among faculty and residents. I left my interview feeling that the program is centered on the love of learning and providing excellent care to patients.

Central MA is a beautiful part of New England and a central location to many different cities, events, and activities. Can't beat a New England autumn.


Yumi Kovic, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Academic interests: First break psychosis, substance use disorders, psychiatry for adolescents and young adults

Personal interests: Spending time with my family, being in nature, traveling and visiting family in Asia, playing video games with my husband.

UMass is close to family and has a child program.

I like that central Massachusetts has tons of local parks and hiking trails and a beautiful fall foliage.


Josh Kriegel, MD

Boston University School of Medicine

Academic Interests: Psychedelics in psychiatry, yoga and breath, philosophy of mind

Personal interests: Skiing, playing music and live music, yoga, tennis, hiking, SUP/kayaking

The unique focus on neuroscience in psychiatry, the rich history of mindfulness at UMass, the beautiful surrounding area and the chance to live on Lake Quinsig for a fraction of the cost of my Boston apartment!


Alexander Lichtenberg, MD, Neuropsychiatry

New York Medical College

Academic interests: Neuropsychiatry, cross-cultural psychiatry

Personal interests: Hiking, reading

I was interested in UMass due to its combined neurology/psychiatry program. I like the easy access to beautiful hikes that central MA provides.


Howard Nguyen, DO

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Pomona

Academic interests: Geriatric psychiatry, ethics, palliative medicine

I was drawn to UMass due to its strong basis in neurology and neuropsychiatry.


Erica Sorrentino, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

United States

Academic interests: Disaster psychiatry, mind-body medicine 

Personal interests: Art history, reading memoirs on mental illness, being amongst family and friends 

I applied to UMass because of the engaged, approachable faculty and emphasis on resident education with full-day didactics 

My favorite thing about living in central MA is the location! In about an hour I can be in the bustling streets of Boston, at the ocean, skiing in the mountains, or hiking in the Berkshires!


Bennett Wechsler, MD

State University of NY at Stony Brook School of Medicine

Academic interests: Interventional Psychiatry, Substance Use Treatment

Personal interests: I really enjoy being outside, whether that means running, hiking, kayaking, or just reading a good book in the sun

I wanted to spend my residency years in a place where there was easy access to the outdoors and nature, but that wasn't also too far from city living.  The fact that my wife also wanted these things didn't hurt, and we were lucky enough to couples match :)

There is an incredible amount of diversity in Worcester, and we as a training program are able to see that rich tapestry firsthand in the patients we treat.  I initially applied because of the access to city life, as well as nature, which I try to enjoy every chance I can; however, what I didn't expect the city to be as international as it turned out to be.  This was definitely a welcome surprise and adds a layer to my appreciation.