Cincinnati Children’s is unique in that it is a nationally recognized hospital where you see rare, complex disorders and is also closely connected to the community. There is an emphasis on developing programs to care for children in the community and meet needs of underserved. It was important to Dr. Wetzel to have this commitment to the community to be trained as a pediatrician in addition to exposure to the rare medical problems.
Dr. Wetzel was also looking for a program that was involved in global health and the global health track at Cincinnati was a huge draw. It was the only program that had an opportunity for interns to travel for 2 weeks to work in the Indian Health Service in combination with our advocacy rotation.
Finally, the common thread of what draws people to Cincinnati is the people! The program fosters a culture of helping each other out and there is a sense of family among the residency. They really enjoy spending time together, which Dr. Wetzel noticed even at small things like morning report and noon conference as well as outside of the hospital.