Since entering the health care field as a professional Richard Wettstein has had a passion to provide patients with the best respiratory care available anywhere. This naturally led him to become an educator to foster a new generation of professionals with a passion for excellent patient care and patient advocacy.
For more than 20 years he has been privileged to mentor students, medical residents and most recently junior faculty in becoming lifelong learners that provide only the best-evidence based medical care.
One of his greatest pleasures as the director of clinical education for our program is the testimonials regarding the skill, knowledge and professionalism of the graduates that he repeatedly encounters while visiting our clinical partners. The truly rewarding moments are when employers cannot offer enough praise for the graduates that were not academic stars but through encouragement and mentorship successfully completed the program and now provide care at the highest level.
He has now taught respiratory care in Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Everywhere he travels he encounters graduates who have picked up the torch and now in their own positions of influence are promoting excellence in health care. This is what makes education such a fulfilling and enriching career.