Resident life blog

April 2015 - CHoR matches 100 percent of pediatric residency positions

by Suzanne Lavoie, M.D.
Pediatric residency program director
Professor and chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

In June, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) will proudly welcome 17 future pediatricians to Richmond, marking our largest intern class to date. 

Established in 1934, CHoR’s residency program has a long history of providing exceptionally comprehensive and challenging pediatric educational experience, giving interns the opportunity to experience a wide variety of clinical care situations.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that pediatrics remains a popular residency category and nearly 99.3 percent of pediatric residency positions across the country were filled in the 2015 Match. CHoR was no exception, filling 100 percent of its positions.

Pediatrics is an exciting and evolving career path. From being a part of new treatments and therapies that enable children to survive and thrive into adulthood, to participating in innovative research that helps to build healthy futures for our children - more and more medical students are showing an interest in pediatrics. CHoR's status as an ACS verified Level 1 pediatric trauma center, comprehensive scope of care, dedicated faculty and new facilities also are attractive to students who want to thrive in a collaborative and cutting-edge environment

Our incoming residents will join us from 14 different medical schools - from across the country at University Nebraska School of Medicine - to west on I-64 at University of Virginia Medical School. We'll also welcome familiar faces in June when three VCU School of Medicine graduates begin their pediatric residency training at CHoR. These students have seen a glimpse of what resident life is like at CHoR - and they are eager to experience more.

Join us in welcoming CHoR’s 2015 pediatric residents:

Ruchi Agarwal, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine
Andrew Stephen Anderson, Jr, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Lucinda "Lacey" Ann Castellano, MD         
Oregon Health & Science Univ School of Medicine
Eun "Anna" Joo Choe, MD
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Megan Coe, MD
The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Mohammed W El Shorafa, MD
St. George's University School of Medicine
Ali Hemyari, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Elizabeth Hicks, MD
Duke University School of Medicine

Rachel Le Bailly-Hess, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

Celine Leung, DO
New York Institute of Technology COOM
Katheryn Lynn Paulsen, MD
University of Nebraska School of Medicine
Daniel Poliakoff, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Adam Robert Rossi, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Rozana Nahar Shahidullah, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Ashley Anne Sullivan, MD
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Laura Jane Tyrrell, MD
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Benjamin Yoon, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine