OUWB alum Chris Jaeger fully expected to be an engineer until one conversation changed the trajectory of his career and lead him to become a doctor.
The person was Ken Peters, M.D., Peter & Florine Ministrelli Distinguished Chair in Urology, OUWB.
“He was a family friend…and very invested in mentorship,” says Jaeger, ‘15. “He convinced me to strongly consider medicine, and I did.”
As a result, Jaeger went on to graduate from OUWB’s inaugural class, became OUWB’s first urology match, spent five years as an intern and resident at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and currently is a pediatric urology fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Amidst a busy schedule, Jaeger took time off in May to return to OUWB as the alumni speaker at the Class of 2022 commencement.
“You will grow to become experts in your fields of study,” he said. “You will discover new and better ways to deliver high-quality, compassionate patient care. I expect that many of you will invent new therapeutics, surgical procedures, care pathways, and teaching methods to ready the next generation of doctors in training.”
“Simply put, you all will do great things,” he said. “I know this because you are graduating from OUWB.”
(Only partial stories are posted here with hopes to provide a brief overview and introduction to my most recent work. The full version of this story may be found on the OUWB InMedicine site here.)