Second Lehigh Valley student accepted to SELECT med school program
Aresh Ramin, of Nazareth, Pa., is the second former Penn State Lehigh Valley student to be accepted into the SELECT program, a new medical education partnership between Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and the University of South Florida College of Medicine (USFCOM). Ramin joins Macungie native Emma Webb as part of the first class of SELECT, which stands for Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Experiences, Collaborative Training.
Ramin, originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., began his college career at Penn State Lehigh Valley's former location in Fogelsville. After two years at the Lehigh Valley campus, he transferred to University Park where he completed his bachelor's degree in biology with vertebrate physiology as his focus in just one year.
Ramin's interest in pursuing medicine began with his eleventh grade biology class during which he became fascinated with the human body and how it is structured and organized to function. He also discovered he wanted a career where he would use his knowledge to help benefit the lives of others.
"My college courses only reinforced my decision. Penn State Lehigh Valley gave me many opportunities that I would not have found anywhere else, including great faculty who provided positive course experiences and advice, and helped expand my knowledge and critical thinking skills," said Ramin.
SELECT is a four-year program leading to the M.D. degree that focuses on developing the leadership skills of students chosen for their scholarly excellence, emotional intellect, and deep desire and determination to positively alter the future of health care practice and administration. Ramin and his classmates will spend the first two years of the program at USFCOM then return to the Lehigh Valley for two years of clinical education at leadership development at LVHN.
"I am excited to be a part of this program and plan to take full advantage of what SELECT has to offer because I believe it will make me a better physician in the long run. After completing the program, I would like to stay in the Lehigh Valley area to practice medicine and possibly specialize in cardiology."
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