Hi, my name's Alex, and like many of you I have recently experienced a lot of exciting changes! I recently married, am expecting a child, bought my own house, and... chose Pediatrics as my medical specialty and found a home in the WMed residency program. So we at least have those last two items in common, or rather, we will soon!
In particular, I was looking for a program that: (1) is small or medium in size and composed of kind and humble individuals, (2) provides great faculty support and relationships, (3) respects my life outside of residency, (4) has a strong emphasis on education and provides a variety of exposure to pediatric pathology, and (5) provides nice facilities and is located in a nice community. WMed met these criteria - allow me to expound:
I toured the Children’s hospital at Bronson between first and second year of medical school. And while I ended up choosing a base hospital closer to home, I remember telling the med student I was with that I “really liked this place.” WMed and Bronson made a lasting positive impression and here I stand now.
I think our program benefits from having both a community hospital experience and an academic center. The WMed clinics, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, and Bronson Children’s hospital are all close in proximity. Our program has an emphasis on education, demonstrated by: daily morning reports, weekly lecture blocks, informal bedside teaching sessions on the floor, and post-lunch lectures in the outpatient clinic. We work with excellent pediatric clinicians, teachers, and providers. If you are striving to be an excellent pediatrician and individual, I sincerely hope you join me next year on our team!