Rita P. Guevara, MD
St. Christopher's Pediatric Associates; Center for the Urban Child
How long have you worked at the College of Medicine?
I've only been in my current role for less than a year, but I have had the privilege of working with other Drexel faculty and students for over four years during my residency and chief resident year. I also graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2012.
What's your favorite part about working at Drexel?
The people by far. Everyone brings such diverse experiences that I am constantly learning from colleagues, students and staff.
What do you like most about your colleagues?
Their passion for their work and all that they contribute to the institution and community is motivating and exciting. They all have a very collegial attitude and are willing to help fellow colleagues with projects.
Are you mentoring any students? If so, what are those relationships like?
I participate in small group discussions with medical students once a month as part of their online professionalism course. Facilitating my small group has been a great mentoring opportunity. I am always humbled by how insightful they are about their clinical experiences, and their discussions serve as reminders of what they look for and need in their clinical rotations. This helps me when I work with students in the clinical setting during their pediatrics rotation.
How would you describe the culture at Drexel?
The culture is one of dedication, inclusion, appreciation of everyone's unique backgrounds and contributions, and an emphasis on the importance of wellness and resilience.
Do you think Drexel does a good job providing programs and support for diversity and inclusion?
Yes, I do. I am a proud graduate of the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program, and I feel that the medical school curriculum incorporates cultural humility in both the pre-clinical and clinical years. It also offers numerous opportunities to work with and learn from our local communities. Of course, we can always expand our efforts, so I'm excited to see what new ways Drexel continues to support diversity at the medical school and the various residency programs it is affiliated with.