Our program is proud of training the best pediatric residents from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds. This enriches our learning environment and prepares our residents to meet the needs of a diverse patient population.

Our Patient Population

  • Cincinnati Children's is the only institution in the Greater-Cincinnati metropolitan region that cares for pediatric patients that require hospitalization.
  • Cincinnati Children's is BOTH a community hospital that cares for children with general pediatric diagnoses, and a quaternary care hospital that cares for children with complex medical problems who need subspecialty care.
  • We serve a very diverse patient population in regards to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Check out our Facts and Figures for more details.

With a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity, our goals are the following:

  • To support and celebrate residents of diverse backgrounds
  • To promote diversity in our program to better mirror our patient population
  • To equip residents with tools and opportunities to provide equitable and culturally-effective care

Pediatric Residency Initiatives

  • Residency Diversity Council that facilitates educational, social, and mentorship activities, discussions about diversity-related topics, and serves as resident-voice at institution-wide conversations 
  • Formal curricula in the following areas:
    • Advocacy and Community Health: Two-week rotation that includes hands-on experience in an impoverished neighborhood to expose residents to local partners, its assets, and barriers. We also support an advanced advocacy curriculum for residents seeking to gain additional experience during elective time
    • Advocacy Interest Group: This group is open to all residents and has focused on community engagement, legislative advocacy, and local and national initiatives related to immigrant and refugee health, health equity, LGBTQIA, disabilities, voter registration, and vaccine hesitancy.
    • Geomedicine Curriculum at the Pediatric Primary Care (PPC) Center: Goals of the curriculum are for residents to identify and utilize neighborhood-specific resources to curtail the impact of poverty for patients and families
    • Structural Racism, Social Determinants of Health, Implicit Bias: Longitudinal curriculum that prompts residents to recognize the link between structural racism, social determinants of health and inequities in child health outcomes.
  • Advocacy Day trips to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to advocate at a local and state level for changes that impact child health and equal access to healthcare
  • “Second look” diversity dinners for residency program applicants
  • Robust Interpreter Services and an opportunity for providers proficient in a second language to become certified as an interpreter
  • Family Strong Dinners in which residents meet monthly with local families, interact with pregnant mothers, offer prenatal/ newborn counseling, and work towards building connections and relationships with residents of the community.
  • Advocacy-based research and community engagement opportunities


Quotes from our Residents

"Coming originally from Los Angeles, CA, I did not expect myself to find a home in Cincinnati, OH. I originally chose to come here because I knew it would give me some of the best pediatric residency training. Little did I know, not only would I develop amazing training towards becoming a pediatrician, but I also would meet wonderful mentors and colleagues, and find a wonderful new home and family at Cincinnati Children’s. It was important to me to come to a program that embraces diversity and works towards providing equitable healthcare to our diverse patients. Our program is incredibly supportive of our residents and focuses on reaching out to us and creating safe space for discussions during difficult times, both inside and outside the hospital. Cincinnati Children’s is special in that we cater to the local underserved community and see a lot of bread-and-butter pediatrics, but we are also a major referral center across numerous sub-specialties where we have the opportunity to participate in the care of critically ill patients and those with rarer diseases. We are fortunate to get to take care of patients coming from a variety of backgrounds, including those from different races, cultures, countries, etc. I value the focus our program has on trying to provide equitable care and learning how to make changes when we aren’t doing so. Having these experiences have prepared me not only to care for the medical diagnosis of the patient but also caring for the whole person and family. There are a million and one reasons I love it here, and this was only a brief summary!" Natalie Reyes, Categorical Pediatrics Resident


"I grew up between two countries – India and Saudi Arabia – two very disparate environments. The diversity that I experienced then, reflected in the many languages, cuisines, and nuances of everyday life, has shaped my identity today and fostered an eagerness to connect with folks from different backgrounds. Coming to Cincinnati, I found so much more than Midwestern friendliness - a residency program that feels like family, wonderful friends who make this place home, and ethnic diversity that may not meet the eye at first. I remember being pleasantly surprised by full-fledged Diwali celebrations underway in our hospital auditorium during my intern year! A major highlight of my time here has been the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Cincinnati Children’s. I have been able to connect with incredible co-residents from various walks of life, learning from their stories and realizing that we are so much more alike than different. As an institution, Cincinnati Children’s has ensured that I continue to grow, while being supported by mentors who are genuinely invested in my success. The culture of collaboration and respect struck me about this place when I first interviewed here, and now that I am ready to move to the next phase of my training, I value it more than ever. While I am still on the lookout for that one Indian restaurant that will win me over, I am so glad I got to experience this understated gem of a city!” Faizeen Zafar, Categorical Pediatrics Resident


"I am originally from California and people ask me all the time why I chose to leave California and come to Cincinnati. For me, the choice was easy: the support, leadership, patient population, and this city drew you in and made me feel a sense of belonging. I was fortunate enough to be in Cincinnati for medical school and when I saw the way that Cincinnati Children’s cared for some of the most vulnerable populations with the compassion, love, and respect that these communities needed, I knew I wanted to stay. The fact that our organization can provide us with the opportunity to serve refugee, complex care, low SES, and other underserved communities the right way, all while providing a world class medical education focused on research and quality improvement for our patients, was the game changer for me. I am so happy that I was able to stay and continue to serve this amazingly diverse community. On top of that, the city of Cincinnati has a little bit of everything that you could want – delicious food (there’s a lot more than Cincinnati Chili, I promise), sporting events, coffee shops, music venues, musicals/plays, with libraries, parks, and museums as well. There is always something to do, and always someone from the program to do it with. I’ve met up with my mentors for a cup of coffee, mentored Cincinnati Medicine medical students over brunch, and bonded with my co-residents at many venues throughout the city and I can’t wait to explore some more." Stephanie Thomas, Medicine/Pediatrics Resident