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July 30, 2007
Three graduates from the University of Nevada School of Medicine have achieved chief resident status for the remaining year of their residency training. Two graduates from the Class of 2005 and a 2004 graduate were named as chief resident in their respective training programs.
Alumni from the Class of 2005 achieving chief resident status include David Johnson, M.D., who is completing his residency training in Family and Community Medicine in Reno at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Susan Park, M.D., who is completing her residency training as co-chief resident in Family Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
Class of 2004 graduate Leigh Anderson, M.D. will also serve as the chief resident for her training program in Internal Medicine for the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno.
Residency is a stage of post-graduate medical training that leads to eligibility for board certification in a primary care or referral specialty. It is filled by a resident physician who has received a medical degree and training is composed almost entirely of the care of hospitalized or clinic patients, mostly with direct supervision by more senior physicians. A residency may follow the internship year or include the internship year as the first year of residency.
A chief resident is a senior-level resident who has been assigned administrative and training responsibilities within the residency training program that are in addition to those regularly performed by other residents in his or her department and post-graduate year. Typically, physicians named as chief residents are completing their last year of training.
The residency can also be followed by a fellowship during which the physician is trained in a sub-specialty.
The three School of Medicine graduates assumed their new chief resident roles July first which also marked the start of their final year of residency training.