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Choosing our Chief Residents

January 16, 2016
by Mark David Siegel

Hi everyone,

This Tuesday, we will start choosing our 2017-18 Chief Residents with a Qualtrics Survey. All members of the PGY2 class are eligible except Rupak (L) who’s short tracking. You may select up to five residents and provide brief endorsements. The results will generate a short list of candidates who will interview with the Selection Committee, which includes Drs. Bennick, Federman, Genao, and Ruser, the current Chiefs, and the APDs. We will announce the new Chiefs in late February or early March, coordinating with Yale Primary Care. A separate process will identify VA COE and Quality Improvement Chiefs.

Becoming a Chief is an honor, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to hone teaching and management skills and contribute to our residency. The Chiefs epitomize our core values of exceptional patient care, teaching, scholarship, and service. They make the schedules, run Report, attend on the floors, precept in clinic, coordinate teaching conferences, give Grand Rounds, interview residency applicants, troubleshoot rotation structures, call for backup, plan longitudinal Subspecialty schedules, support struggling residents, and field daily questions about rules and policies. They are available 24-7 for crises large and small. We email, text, phone, and talk every day. Most importantly, the Chiefs set the standard for clinical and academic excellence in our program.

Here are some traits to consider when you vote:

  1. Superb clinical skills
  2. Deep fund-of-knowledge
  3. Enthusiasm
  4. Kindness
  5. Generosity
  6. Reliability
  7. Honesty
  8. A sense of humor
  9. Teaching and leadership skills
  10. Commitment to scholarship
  11. Dedication to the well-being of our residency and community

Like generations before them, the 2017-18 Chiefs will have a lasting impact on our residency. We have far more than five qualified candidates, so choosing will be hard. Please participate in the survey, choose wisely, and help shape the future of our program.

Enjoy your Sunday,


Mark D. Siegel, M.D.

Professor of Internal Medicine

Yale School of Medicine

Submitted by Mark David Siegel on December 07, 2016