It's going to be one of these three: Alex, Mer, or Cristina. All three of them have factors to be the next Chief Resident, and all of them equally have factors that could go against them. Not one of them is a clear stand-out since Webber is looking at the overall four-years. Although he's seen April and Jackson almost 2 years, I don't think that Webber will give Chief Resident to one of them.
Alex seems to be front-runner, given that he had an excellent review with the med student, and was excelling in peds surgery, especially with Stark as interim-chief of peds surg, (remember the ping pong ball?), and although he, in one case, prioritized the needs of the patients over his own personal gain, he requires ulterior motives. Let's face it, had Alex been assigned a different med student (not Ash from Greek), I doubt he would have been as accomodating to teach.
Cristina is the best resident of her class. Let's not forget in her 2nd year, she was unanimously voted to have the first solo surgery. Had it not been for the intern drama, she would have. Also, in terms of skill and technique, learning 4th-5th year procedures when she was an intern, she clearly surpasses Alex and Mer. Despite her breakdown, Cristina is back. And her breakdown shouldn't be counted against her: she performed an aortic repair at gunpoint. The fact that she's back and can perform a first assist on a CABG shows resilience. However, she too suffers from putting her own personal gain ahead of anything else. Remember her med student review? It written in spite; Warren (from Buffy) would've had a better review had he written it after his talk with Cristina.
Mer is dark and twisty, but as her husband so eloquently put it, it's not a flaw: it's a strength. During the med student review, her med student was a ditz anyway. Yes Mer has personal problems, but seriously? Who doesn't in that hopsital have personal problems? Shepherd with depression, Webber with his drinking, Sloan with his whoring, Bailey with her divorce, and etc. personal problems happnen, and yes they bleed into their professional lives. It's unideal, but it happens. Mer has grown into that mother-hen role: remember when the whole Pierce/Steve/Megan drama? She took on the Bailey-role. She helped Alex instead of watching him struggle with the trial. She went into attending-mode when Lexie's case began to crash and she went neuro-solo.
So... all three have a good chance at getting it. Though, considering the Chief is a big fan of the underdog, he just might pick Karev.
Posted 2/5/2011 2:04:51 PM #