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John Ramos (PA2016) wins seat on PAEA Board of Directors

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John Ramos

The PA Program congratulates Class of 2016 student John Ramos, who has been elected Student Member at Large on the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Board of Directors. In addition to participating in PAEA board meetings and conference calls, Ramos will chair the Student Advisory Task Force and will lead projects related to outreach and promotion of PA education to PA students. His term runs from January 2016 through December 2018.

Ramos’s interest in PAEA is based in part on his recognition that an increased demand for PAs also increases the demand for PA educators. In addition, he believes that PA educators must strategically engage PA students with a variety of experiences and backgrounds. Not only does more diversity among students mean that patients can access care from a greater variety of providers, but a lack of role models with similar backgrounds is a major reason why first-generation college graduates or underrepresented minorities find graduate school so challenging. “To be successful,” Ramos says, “we need an idea of how to be successful. Having mentors who share our backgrounds and experiences contributes to our perception of how we can achieve major professional and academic goals.” He summarizes his own goals this way: “For PA education to recruit and matriculate a diverse PA work force, we need diverse PA educators. I hope that I can contribute by expanding opportunities within PA education to promote diversity.” 

Ramos is from Sacramento, California, and graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a B.S. in dietetics. As a Ronald McNair Scholar, he presented and published research on differences in body dysmorphia and eating disorders between ethnic groups in NCAA Division 1 male athletes. Studying nutrition gave him an appreciation of holistic medicine, he says – not just treating diseases but focusing on general health and wellness. Ramos is the current president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter at Wake Forest, which focuses on designing and implementing healthcare quality improvement projects in the Winston-Salem community. He plans to pursue a career as a dual PA educator and clinician when he graduates next May.



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