Resident life blog

March 2014 – Welcome to the team, CHoR residents of 2014!

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

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is proud to announce our new 2014 residents! This year’s applicant pool was extremely competitive with United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores at or above the national average. In fact, the 2014 resident matches broke the record for USMLE scores, marking an all-time high for CHoR’s program.

“With every year, the pediatric residency match becomes even more competitive than the last,” said Dr. Suzanne Lavoie, pediatric residency program director and chief of infectious diseases at CHoR. “I am continually impressed by the success our residents have already achieved before they even have a chance to walk in our door. Already breaking records, the 2014 residents have proven they’re no exception. I know this record setting year is the first of many impressive milestones this group will accomplish and we are looking forward to welcoming this enthusiastic group of new physicians.”

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 new group of residents joins CHoR from 14 different U.S. medical schools and includes four of VCU’s very own students who were also selected as matches for CHoR’s residency program.

“I am particularly proud and thrilled that four of VCU’s own students were selected as matches for CHoR’s residency program,” adds Dr. Lavoie. “This serves as a firm reminder of the dedication and hard work VCU’s residents and faculty invest into the future success of VCU’s medical students and demonstrates the quality of our program to future applicants.”

The 2014 residents are a bright group with an extraordinary passion for children’s health. Equipped with a wealth of knowledge and a desire to learn, our new pediatric residents bring added value and expertise to CHoR’s award winning staff. Please join us in welcoming the following new residents to our team!

CHoR’s 2014 residents:

  • Natalie Allen
    Temple University School of Medicine
  • Sunana Dhir
    VCU School of Medicine
  • Megan Dibble
    VCU School of Medicine
  • Joan Dickerson
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Richard Erwin
    Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine - Marshall University
  • Jared Klein
    Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University
  • Usa Kopsombut
    University of Tennessee College of Medicine
  • Ashley Litchfield
    Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine - Marshall University
  • Charlotte McKnight
    University of Nebraska College of Medicine
  • Ginny Mills
    LSU-Shreveport School of Medicine
  • Kristina Prus
    University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
  • Nehal Thakkar
    Albany Medical College
  • Scott Thomas
    WVU-Charleston School of Medicine
  • Monica Woodhouse
    VCU School of Medicine
  • Jerry Xu
    VCU School of Medicine