Resident Leadership Council

MEMBERS 2014-2015
                    Dr. David Burrow
Vice Chair:            Dr. James Bardoner
Secretary:             Dr. Megan Akins
 Dr. Megan Akins Family Medicine, Johnson City
 Dr. Elizabeth Arze Pathology
 Dr. James Bardoner Surgery
 Dr. Vedang Bhavsar Fellowships
 Dr. David Burrow Internal Medicine/Psychiatry
 Dr. Brandy Ervin OB/GYN
 Dr. Madhavi Gavirneni Pediatrics
 Dr. Jeremiah Hopkins Psychiatry
 Dr. Kari Jones Family Medicine - Kingsport
 Dr. Owais Khan Family Medicine - Bristol
 Dr. John Litchfield Fellowships
 Dr. Melissa Matrisch Surgery
 Dr. Madhavi Medipally Family Medicine - Johnson City
 Dr. Isaac Miller Family Medicine - Kingsport
 Dr. Jessica Pugh OB/GYN
 Dr. Puja Sitwala Internal Medicine
 Dr. Clint Stanfill Pathology
 Dr. Michael Sutherland Internal Medicine
 Dr. Ramya Vadlamudi Family Medicine - Bristol
 Dr. Tyler Williams Pediatrics


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