Resident Leadership Council

MEMBERS 2013-2014
                    Dr. Michael West  
Vice Chair:            Dr. David Burrow
Secretary:             Dr. James Bardoner
 Dr. Mohammad Al Madani Cardiovascular Disease
 Dr. Bhavesh Barad Internal Mediciine
 Dr. James Bardoner Surgery
 Dr. Neil Borja Family Medicine - Johnson City
 Dr. David Burrow Internal Medicine/Psychiatry
 Dr. Traci Carroll Psychiatry
 Dr. Heather Carter Family Medicine - Bristol
 Dr. Mark Cohee Family Medicine - Bristol
 Dr. Cynthia Forker Pathology
 Dr. Madhavi Gavirneni Pediatrics
 Dr. Jami Goodwin OB/GYN
 Dr. Travis Groth Family Medicine - Kingsport
 Dr. Andrea Lightle Pathology
 Dr. John Litchfield Gastroenterology
 Dr. Isaac Miller Family Medicine - Kingsport
 Dr. Jaclyn Newman Internal Medicine/Psychiatry
 Dr. Shyam Odeti Family Medicine - Johnson City
 Dr. Jason Pryor Pediatrics
 Dr. Rebecca Seay OB/GYN
 Dr. Michael West Surgery


This Council shall be a unified representative body for all residents and fellows of East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine.  It shall be an interface between the residents and the administration and shall serve the following functions:

  1. Allow communication and information exchange with respect to learning and working environments across all GME programs.
  2. The Council shall report any/all recommendations to the Associate Dean for GME and the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC).
  3. It shall convey any/all concerns of the residents/fellows.
  4. The Council shall have a voice in the development and revision of resident/fellow policies.
  5. It shall promote camaraderie and unity between residents/fellows of all disciplines.
  6. It shall encourage scholarly pursuits of residents/fellows.
  7. The Council shall keep appropriate and permanent documented minutes and records of all activities.


The structure of the Council shall be as follows:

  1. All representatives shall serve a one-year term.
  2. Two residents/fellows will represent each program; one a chief or senior resident, the second being a peer-selected PGY-2 or higher level.
  3. The Council will select a chair, vice-chair, and secretary.
  4. The Council will elect representatives for the following College of Medicine committees:
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Committee
  • Women & Gender Issues
  • Continuing Education Advisory Committee
  • Other GMEC sub-committees which may be established.

     5.    Any resident/fellow has the opportunity to raise a concern to the Council.
     6.    The Council may convene with the DIO or other administrators at the beginning of each session, but the Council then has the   
            opportunity to conduct discussions and deliberations without the DIO, faculty members, or other administrators present.
     7.    The Council shall meet not less than quarterly.

 Approved by GMEC August 22, 2013