Ryan Adler M ‘11
Major: Physician Assistant Studies
Job Title: Physician Assistant
Graduate Program Attended: Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Hometown: Suffield, OH
Employer: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Digestive Disease Institute: Gastroenterology
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
The biggest reason I chose Mount Union was the personal interview process. I felt like the faculty and staff members were interested in who I was as a person and were committed to my growth and development in the journey of becoming a physician assistant.
Personal Attention From the Start
I applied to 10 programs and visited several of the schools. It was evident from the interview process that I wasn’t going to be a number, but an individual in the program with the opportunity to have individualized attention if needed. The lab that we had was also much more advanced than other schools I visited.
Professor Ekey! She taught many of our classes including Clinical Medicine, which was my favorite class. She is an exceptional person who went above and beyond in explaining the material and being available whenever needed. She really was the calming force in a storm of papers, exams and practical exams.
We had a lot of hands-on experience in both phases of the program. During the didactic year we practiced history taking and physical exam skills on each other. We also went to the Cleveland Free Clinic to practice gynecology, rectal, breast and testicular exams on live patients. We also had a skills lab where we practiced suturing, airway intubation and lumbar puncture along with many other skills. We also had ‘Sim Man’ to simulate real life scenarios such as a patient having an asthma attack. The clinical rotation year exposed us to many different specialties and sub-specialties while getting to refine and develop our clinical skills that we learned in the didactic year.
Preparation for a Career
Being on your own after school can be really a stressful time. My education and training at Mount Union gave me the confidence to go into my career ready to take on new challenges and continue my education on the job. I felt that the program prepared me to pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) and gave me the foundation to excel in my career after school. Many of my preceptors also were impressed by the quality of students the program was sending into clinical rotations. The education that you get in school is only the beginning of a lifelong dedication to staying current and well informed. Mount Union helped give me the tools needed to compete and excel in a challenging and rewarding work environment.
I Love My Job
My favorite thing about my job is the connections that are made, not only with my patients, but also with world-renowned physicians and my physician assistant co-workers. I am primarily in the inpatient setting working with the Gastroenterology service. I work closely with the attending physician, a Fellow and residents. I make up a team with another physician assistant and we are indirect care of five to 10 patients each day. We round on our patients in the morning, write daily progress notes and update or create a plan of care for the patient. We update our attending physician and round with the team on all of our patients. Throughout the day I also help to coordinate patient discharges, scheduling procedures and running a discharge clinic for patients who have inflammatory bowel disease.
Once a Raider, Always a Raider
I love coming back and interacting with the students. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to become a physician assistant and that really drives my desire to give back to the current students. I do my best to help by giving lectures in gastroenterology, helping with student OSCE’s and grading Capstone projects.
One goal that I have is to give back to the medically underserved. I am particularly interested in helping in Appalachia and hope to go on a medical mission trip there.
My education at Mount Union gave me the confidence to go into my career ready to take on new challenges and continue my education on the job.
- What is number one on your bucket list?
- To scuba dive in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso in Italy to see one of the ‘Christ of the Abyss’ statues.
- What is your favorite movie?
- My all time favorite movie is 'American Psycho.'
- What is your favorite kind of sandwich?
- Turkey with pickles and mustard
- What was the occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?
- I wanted to be Bernie Kosar when I was in kindergarten.
- What’s one thing most people would be surprised to find out about you?
- I am a NPC Physique Competitor and a certified athletic trainer. I hope to one day own a gym and help people reach their fitness and wellness goals.