Chief Residents' Message
Thank you for your interest in our UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital pediatric residency program! As this year’s chief residents, we are excited to share the unique aspects of our program with you!
UH Rainbow has a storied history of excellence in pediatric care. From humble origins as the UH Rainbow Cottage for Crippled Children in 1891, UH Rainbow has developed into a world-class interdisciplinary patient care and research facility in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University. Residents have opportunities to tap into this history and engage in a wide spectrum of opportunities including research, education, advocacy, and global health. Our program has an incredible core of faculty as well as administrative support staff who provide residents with superior medical training. As residents, we tailor our experiences based on career interests and goals, which gives a robust experience and leaves us well prepared for our future career endeavors.
One of the best parts of UH Rainbow is the family of colleagues and life-long friendships we develop over our 3+ years. Even beyond our residency classes, we connect with hospital staff and faculty – uniquely situated to collaborate with the University Hospital system and specialties as a whole – in numerous joint events and community-wide efforts. But it is within our classes that we find integral support and friends with whom we can explore Cleveland and beyond, even electing to travel together for vacations and international health trips. On any given day, you’ll find a small group of residents taking advantage of all Cleveland has to offer – from food and drinks at our renowned restaurants and breweries, to getting outside and active in our MetroParks system, to our entertainment and arts district at Playhouse Square, Blossom, Severance Hall or the Museums, and of course, cheering on our champion sports teams. Go Cavs and Indians!
Thank you again for your interest in our program! We hope you find UH Rainbow is an excellent place to develop into a pediatrician. We also hope you find Cleveland is an awesome place to call home – we certainly do! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
We look forward to meeting you!
Terry Barrett, Lauren Beene, Anna Benson, and Andrea Scioscia
2018 – 19 Chief Residents
Q and A with the Chiefs
- Where are you from?
Lauren: Flint, Michigan. I’ve lived in Cleveland for 8 years though so I consider myself a Clevelander :)
Terry: Grand Rapids, Michigan. I moved to Cleveland for residency, and the first night I ever spent in Ohio was for my UH/Rainbow interview! Cleveland feels like home now!
Anna: Originally from outside of Minneapolis, MN but I moved to Cleveland for medical school in 2011 and ended up with a husband, a house, and a baby…so we really feel like Clevelanders!
Andrea: Pittsburgh, PA (And yes, I continue to cheer for my Pittsburgh sports!)
- What is your favorite aspect of the residency program?
Lauren: The people! Rainbow attracts the nicest people who are dedicated to caring for their patients and for their co-workers. I feel well supported here on so many levels, and it’s all because of the people I work with. Residency is challenging no matter where you go, but having a great community of people makes all the difference.
Terry: My co-residents! The camaraderie and support have been so important and have shaped me into the doctor I am today.
Anna: 100% the people here! The attendings are incredibly personable and supportive and really value medical education. Beyond that, I’ve found friends among fellows, nurses, RTs, PCAs, and environmental services staff. It’s been inspiring to work among people so passionate about their jobs, their coworkers, and their patients’ wellbeing!
Andrea: As many will tell you: the people. The sense of camaraderie that is present at Rainbow is tremendous. I’ve gotten a well-rounded, hands-on experience during my training, and I attribute much of that to the attendings, nurses and ancillary staff that have pushed me day in and day out.
- What is your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?
Lauren: There are so many good restaurants in Cleveland! My favorite is Green House Tavern on East 4th. We also have a ton of awesome local breweries. My favorites are The Bottle House Brewery in Cleveland Heights and Brick and Barrel in the Flats. I also love Little Italy, which has numerous amazing restaurants and is located right next to Rainbow.
Terry: There are too many great ones so I will list a few from different categories. Mexican: Barrio (love their margaritas!), Italian: Mia Bella in Little Italy, Thai: Tree Country (and they deliver to the hospital!), American: Winking Lizard (great for watching sporting events), Burger Joint: B-Spot (owned by Iron chef Michael Symon, I dream about their burgers!) Fancy Happy Hour: Pier W on the west side.
Anna: For drinks with friends: Barrio or Fairmount both have the best patios on the east side! For take out: Tree Country Bistro (I have them on speed dial!) For date night: Vero Pizza is a tiny hole in the wall restaurant that serves Neapolitan pizza with an awesome wine list and the best gelato in town. For special occasions: Pier W.
Andrea: Butcher and the Brewer (on East 4th St)! I am also a sucker for Little Italy – You can’t go wrong at any restaurant, but La Dolce Vita is my favorite. And for fun drinks and a great bruschetta board, I enjoy Gigi’s on Fairmount.
- What do you like to do in the area on the weekends?
Lauren: My favorite thing to do is to hang out with my husband and our baby girl who was born last fall. My husband and I love Cleveland and are really excited to start showing her our favorite places. We live very close to downtown Cleveland Heights and we can frequently be found in that area hanging out at our favorite restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops. We are big board game fans and often bring our games along with us. My husband and I also love to go camping at a number of nearby campsites and we are looking forward to being able to take our daughter with us once she is a little older.
Terry: In general, I love getting outside so I’m usually checking out a new park. The Cleveland Metroparks are incredible and I never run out of new hiking options. In the summer, I love going to Indians games. Dollar dog night on Fridays with fireworks after the game – it can’t be beat! In the winter I love going to the Symphony to get my culture on!
Anna: My husband and I love the parks in Cleveland. Most weekends you’ll find us walking around Horseshoe Lake Park near our house, but our favorite is South Chagrin reservation. We’re also members at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens/Holden Arboretum. In the winter we like go to the greenhouse at the botanical gardens (especially during Christmas time, and Orchid Mania in February), then over to the free art museum across the street. During the summer we like to go out to Holden and enjoy the gardens and hiking trails. Our son Arthur was born this past February, so this year we’re excited to introduce him to all of our favorite Cleveland spots!
Andrea: I very much enjoy spending time with friends or seeing my family. I’ve had a great time checking out local breweries or catching an Indians game in the evenings. I also like to spend time outside, biking or hiking, through the Cleveland Metroparks.