Annually, three residents are selected during the winter of the PL-2 year to serve a fourth year as Chief Residents. The position carries a broad range of responsibilities, similar to those of junior faculty members. In addition to assisting first-, second- and third-year residents as mentors, the Chief Residents participate in the overall administrative operation of the residency program, which includes designing and maintaining resident schedules. Chiefs serve as advocates and liaisons between the house staff, faculty and administration. They serve as members of many hospital administrative committees. Most fondly, Chief Residents serve as educators in daily conferences, including "Chief Rounds," our case-based, highly interactive version of morning report. Our Chiefs have presented their innovative techniques for teaching a continuum of learners in dynamic ways at multiple annual meetings of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.

For eight weeks, each of the Chief Residents acts as an attending physician on the inpatient service. They also spend several sessions each week in the outpatient clinics, either as solo practitioners or as preceptors to medical students and residents in our continuity and sick clinics. Chiefs are encouraged to take part in research projects and curricular design at the hospital. Many of our recent Chiefs have presented their scholarly work at national meetings.

Chief Residents 2021-2022
Chief Residents 2021









(from left to right: Drs. Sujung Kim, Brian Novi, and Paige Jarmuz)

Paige Jarmuz, MD
  • Hometown: Kennett Square, PA
  • College: Syracuse University
  • Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Future Career Plan: Pediatric Hospital Medicine
  • Favorite Thing to do in PhillyEat, eat, and eat with friends!
  • Why St. Chris?: “The sense of community.”
Sujung Kim, MD
  • Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
  • College: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Future Career Plan: Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Favorite Thing to do in PhillyExplore all the restaurants
  • Why St. Chris?: “Dedication to our patient population.”
Brian Novi, DO
  • Hometown: Upper Arlington, OH
  • College: The Ohio State University
  • Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Future Career Plan: Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Favorite Thing to do in PhillyGoing to Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, Union, or Phillies games
  • Why St. Chris? “From my interview day, I felt a sense of family that has been part of the program my entire residency.”
Where are the 2020-2021 Chiefs now?
Chief Residents 2020









(from left to right: Drs. Shayna Dooling, Matt MacDougall, and Tara Iyengar)

  • Dr. Shayna Dooling is a fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
  • Dr. Matt MacDougall is a fellow in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Golisano Children’s Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.
  • Dr. Tara Iyengar is a fellow in Pediatric Cardiology at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL.