Kate Ross, RD, PA-S
Physician Assistant Student
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Kate Ross is currently a Physician Assistant Student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Before pursing a career as a PA, she worked as a bilingual registered dietitian for the employee wellness department of various construction companies and in a Functional Medicine Clinic. She completed a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics education at the University of Arkansas and her dietetic internship at the University of Puerto Rico for Medical Sciences. She plans to merge her academic background of nutrition and medicine while practicing as a PA in effort to advocate for health equity among her patients.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Medical providers demonstrate weight bias (WB) to varying degrees, which negatively impacts quality of care and patient outcomes. WB is defined as the “negative weight-related attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and judgments toward individuals who are overweight and obese.” There are few established WB healthcare training programs. The objective of this study was to provide an interprofessional education (IPE) simulation activity, comparing its impact to a traditional style lecture on students’ weight-related attitudes and perceptions. 44 students from medical, pharmacy, physician assistant (PA…
Background: Medical providers demonstrate weight bias (WB) to varying degrees, which negatively impacts quality of care and patient outcomes. WB is defined as the “negative weight-related attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and judgments toward individuals who are overweight and obese”. WB develops early in medical education, yet there are few established WB healthcare training programs. The objective of this study was to provide an interprofessional education (IPE) simulation activity, comparing its impact to a traditional style lecture on students’ weight-related attitudes and perceptions.  …