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Serving as a chief resident means an extra year of training for physicians who are considering careers in academia. Often recognized as a bridge year between residency and junior faculty roles, these appointed physicians lead and mentor residents, as they learn to recognize the needs of the department and hospital. This week, the UNC Internal Medicine Program welcomes the following chief residents who will serve during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Juneve Toche, MD
James Rogers, MD
David Lynch, MD
Alex Despotes, MD
Nick Maston, MD

Outpatient Chief:  Dr. Juneve Toche

Dr. Toche grew up in Cary, NC, with parents from Port au Prince and Gonaives, Haiti. After attending college and medical school at Duke University, she completed her residency at UNC. She is pursuing training in geriatric medicine.

WakeMed Chief:  Dr. James Rogers

Dr. Rogers grew up in Waynesville, NC, a small western town near Asheville. He graduated from NC State University and attended medical school at UNC. He wants to pursue training in general internal medicine.

Inpatient Chief:  Dr. David Lynch

Dr. Lynch is a native of Ireland, born and raised in the County of Limerick. He completed both his undergraduate degree in education and his medical degree at the University of Limerick. He hopes to pursue a career in oncology and build on his undergraduate degree by becoming involved in medical education.

Medicine-Pediatrics Chief:  Dr. Alex Despotes

Dr. Despotes was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She attended Notre Dame for her undergraduate studies in Biology and Spanish, and returned home for medical school at UNC. Her career interests include pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology and hematology/oncology.

Inpatient Chief:  Dr. Nick Maston

Dr. Maston was born in Portsmouth, NH, and grew up in Denver, CO. He graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and moved to New York to attend Weill Cornell Medical College. His career interests include hospital medicine and general internal medicine.