Ryan Adler, M '11

Major: PA Studies
Job Title: Physician Assistant

Hometown: Suffield, Ohio

Employer: Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute

I work on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic as a member of the gastroenterology and hepatology team. I provide day-to-day care for patients admitted to the GI service as well as perform consults within the hospital and ICU. I am in charge of arranging procedures and tests, managing medications and making sure discharge from the hospital is a smooth transition for our patients.

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Why Mount Union
The 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.

Not Just a Number
I applied to 10 PA programs and visited several of the schools. It was evident from the interview process at Mount Union 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 facilities were among the best that I had seen.

Favorite Professor
Professor Betsy 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 to provide us with the tools to succeed. She was the consistent calming force in a storm of papers, exams and practical exams.

Hands-on Experience
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 work with real patients. We had a skills lab during which we practiced suturing, airway intubation and lumbar puncture along with many other skills.

The clinical rotation year exposed us to many different specialties and sub-specialties while allowing us to refine and develop our clinical skills that we learned in the didactic year.

Asking for Help
One of the most helpful experiences in school was after a difficult exam that did not go as planned. I reached out to my classmates and faculty members to see what I could be doing differently. Afterward, I excelled on the exams and realized that it’s okay to ask for help!

What Sets Mount Union Apart
Mount Union has a beautiful campus, state-of-the-art facilities for the PA program and an excellent support staff, helping to make the PA program a wonderful environment in which to learn and prepare for the future.

Career Preparation
Being on your own after school can be stressful. 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. 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. 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.

Staying Connected
I love coming back to Mount Union and interacting with the students. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to become a physician assistant and that drives my desire to give back to the current students. I do my best to help by giving lectures in gastroenterology, helping with student Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and grading capstone projects. I am currently working on a doctorate in education to better prepare me to educate the future of medicine.

Giving Back
One goal that serves as my mission is to give back. I have been blessed to be able to work in a career that I love and with a great family and friends.

Connections with Patients
My favorite thing about my job is the connections that are made on a daily basis. To be able to help a patient is a challenging and rewarding feeling. I have been fortunate to work with great physician assistants and physicians.

I applied to 10 PA programs and visited several of the schools. It was evident from the interview process at Mount Union 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 facilities were among the best that I had seen.

Fun Facts

What’s your favorite book?
“The 48 Laws of Power” by Greene
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would you choose and why?
My dad. He has been a great role model in helping me be the person I have become, and we are always laughing when we are together.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
I have too many! “Eventually, we all must cross the Rubicon” – Julius Caesar and “The two most important days in a man’s life is the day he was born and the day he finds out why.” – Mark Twain
What was your favorite toy/board game as a child?
Scrabble
What’s your all-time favorite movie or TV show?
American Psycho
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