Chief Residents

Our Chief Residents

Our 2017-2018 Chief Residents

For the 2017-2018 Academic Year, our two chief residents are Emy Abraham and Brenda VanFossen. They serve as the liaisons between faculty and residents at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. They also assist with a multitude of clinical, educational, and administrative responsibilities and help the residency program run smoothly. They also look good in tutus (picture taken on Tutu Tuesday). A few of their other roles include the following:

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Assist with the training of 3rd year clerkship students and pediatric residents
  • Supervise the pediatric teams on the inpatient units
  • Serve as attending at the outpatient clinic
  • Chief rounds with inpatient teams

Educational Responsibilities

  • Supervise morning report
  • Prepare board review sessions directed at preparation for in-training and certification examinations
  • Presenting weekly case conferences
  • Organizing evidence-based medicine journal club

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Planning and arranging resident schedules
  • Developing and scheduling of lecture/seminar series
  • Assisting the Program Director, Associate Director and Program Coordinator with recruitment, advisor/mentor activities

In addition to responsibilities related to the pediatric residency program, the chief year affords one time to spend pursuing other interests, including research or clinical experience focused in a certain area. The chief year expands your experiences and skills in leadership, teaching, and mentoring as you move towards the next phase in your career.

Overall, being chief is a great experience and, if one is up for the challenge, a very rewarding one as well!