Ryan Becker '07: Flight Surgeon and Future Rural Health Practitioner
Published: 5-28-2013 1:55 pm
Ryan Becker is a 2007 graduate of Wayne State College’s Chemistry Health Science program and former, two-term Student Senate President at WSC. After graduating from Wayne State, Ryan started medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College Of Medicine in Omaha.
Ryan married Rachael McCall of Rochelle, Ga., on June 13, 2009. Ryan and Rachael had originally met in Washington, D.C., while working for the National FFA Organization when Ryan was a Washington Leadership Conference workshop presenter and Rachael was a National FFA Officer.
Shortly after getting married, Ryan joined the Nebraska Air National Guard as a 2nd lieutenant in the Medical Services Corps. He furthered his training in the Guard by going to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, for Aerospace Medicine training to become one of the Nebraska Air National Guard’s Flight Surgeons. After graduating medical school, Ryan was promoted to captain and has transitioned into the Medical Corps.
Ryan was selected to join the UNMC Department of Family Medicine in the Advanced Rural Training Program that started in his fourth year of medical school. He continued after graduating medical school in 2011 to become one of the UNMC Family Medicine Residents to further his goal of becoming a rural family physician.
During medical school and residency, Ryan was highly involved in extracurricular activities. He was the primary investigator in a research project conducted with Dr. Rudy Lackner, UNMC Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Dr. Debra Reilly, UNMC Plastic/Burn Surgeon. Ryan was involved in the student-run health care clinic in Omaha called the ‘SHARING Clinic’ and served on the board as the Faculty Provider Recruiter. He was also the UNMC Class of 2011 Curriculum Co-Chair. He was the Dementia Chapter Author in Dr. Paul Paulman’s book, “Taylor’s Differential Diagnosis Manual.”
During his fourth year of medical school, Ryan trained at the Millard Airport in Omaha and got his private pilot License and has since joined the Skyhawk Flying Club based at the Millard Airport. Most recently, Ryan was elected to the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors as the Resident Director.
Ryan and Rachael welcomed Eli Becker to the world Sept. 11, 2012. Eli has been growing and changing every day and continues to be the highlight of their lives. Rachael graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., in 2007, and furthered her education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, graduating in 2011 with a law degree. Rachael is currently working for Berkshire Hathaway in the Workers Compensation department with plans of becoming a small-town attorney.
Ryan and Rachael plan on moving to a rural community in the Midwest to establish a medical and law practice. They are currently in the interviewing process for several surrounding communities in Nebraska and Iowa.