Chief residents, who are generally appointed by the program director of a given residency program, are entrusted with developing clinical rotation schedules, performing administrative duties, and supervising junior residents, among other responsibilities.


Family Medicine Chief Residents

  • Namita Bhardwaj, MD: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Department of Family & Community Medicine
  • Alexander Gelou, MD: Southern Regional AHEC Family Medicine Residency
  • Erin James, MD: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center/Saint Francis Family Medicine Residency
  • Joan Medina, MD: CentraState Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Richard Pigg, MD: University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
  • Helena Russell, MD: University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Jay St. John, MD: Methodist Health System

Internal Medicine Chief Residents

  • Christine Charaf, MD: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jennifer LaCoss, MD: The University of Oklahoma at Tulsa School of Community Medicine
  • Christina Lanza, MD: The University of Oklahoma at Tulsa School of Community Medicine
  • Michael Marsh, MD: Roger Williams Medical Center
  • Boris Shkolnik, MD: Albany Medical College



  • Julia DiPierdomenico, MD: University of Arizona
  • Fatima Kasiah, MD: Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Rubby Saini, MD: East Carolina University

In 2020, 91% of RUSM students passed the initial step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) on the first attempt. And in 2022-2023, results show yet another strong year for RUSM with a 98% first-time residency attainment rate* thus far. Located on the island of Barbados and with a network of more than 15,000 alumni, RUSM is one of the largest providers of doctors for the U.S. healthcare system. RUSM graduates practice in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico.

*First time residency attainment rate is the percent of students attaining a 2023-24 residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2022-23 who were active applicants in the 2023 NRMP match or who attained a residency position outside the NRMP match.