Rizwan Ibadat M '12
Major: Physician Assistant Studies
Job Title: Hospital Physician's Assistant
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Employer: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi UAE
Choosing Mount Union for Graduate School
The Physician Assistant Studies graduate program at Mount Union was a fairly new program in 2012. I felt very comfortable during my admissions interview and found all professors and staff very helpful, which helped me make my decision. The curriculum, friendly environment and dedicated staff set Mount Union’s program apart from other graduate programs that I considered.
Favorite Professors and Experiences
It’s hard to choose which professor was my favorite because I found all professors at their best. Dr. Drake from the Cleveland Clinic who taught an anatomy lecture was one of my favorites. With Professor Romano in our school labs, we had great hands-on experiences during the didactic period. During clinicals we had great hospitals and clinics for hands-on experiences, where we learned a lot from different physicians and physician assistants.
Preparing to be a Physician Assistant
Mount Union gave me the confidence that PAs need. Going to school at Mount Union has made me strong enough to face challenges in the current world and taught me how to be a better person and practitioner. I would definitely recommend this program because of the hardworking professors, staff and overall school environment. I think that percentage of students who pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) is evidence of how well Mount Union has prepared us for our future careers.
Life Post Graduation
I feel honored to be a part of the Abu Dhabi branch of the Cleveland Clinic. My current job is very exciting and challenging. In this new country, I enjoy working with the new patient population and learning new culture norms. I do my best to still stay connected to Mount Union through email and the website.
The curriculum, friendly environment and dedicated staff set Mount Union’s program apart from other graduate programs that I considered.
- What is on the top of your bucket list?
- A trip to Switzerland
- When having dinner with your peers, is your phone on the table, in your pocket or left in the car?
- In my pocket
- What is your favorite kind of sandwich?
- Jimmy John's #6 veggie
- What did you want to be when you were a kid?
- A doctor
- What is your usual bedtime?
- 11 p.m.