Ramona S. DeJesus, M.D.
- Consultant, Division of Primary Care Internal Medicine
- Assistant Professor of Medicine
- Population Health Scholar
What moment or experience in your life influenced your decision to be a clinician?
I found an enormous sense of fulfillment and satisfaction working as a nurse, so it was a natural transition for me to be a clinician when I decided to pursue a career in medicine. I enjoyed directly interacting with patients and mutually coming up with an appropriate plan for their care.
What motivated you to become a Population Health Scholar?
As a primary care physician, chronic disease management is a major challenge. With its increasing burden on health care worldwide and shortage of resources, we have to address and come up with practice solutions to optimally address the health care needs of individuals with chronic diseases across population groups.
As a Population Health Scholar, I hope to be able to contribute to the ongoing efforts directed at improving population health care delivery.
What is your focus as a scholar within the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery?
I am fortunate at having been able to collaborate with colleagues in Integrated Behavioral Health, Family Medicine and my division (Primary Care Internal Medicine) on research activities dealing with mental health care delivery in primary care, particularly depression management. I will continue to focus on this area and the interface of mental health with other chronic diseases such as diabetes.
We see patients with complex medical problems mostly chronic in nature and commonly with associated mental health illness — how can we best address their needs in a cohesive manner that is least disruptive to both patients and health care providers?
How will your research improve patient care or impact public health?
It is my goal and hope that findings from my research work will provide meaningful additions to the ongoing research efforts in population health management. These can then translate into effective and efficient practice models resulting in enhanced patient care and a healthier population.
Why did you choose Mayo Clinic to pursue your career?
I cannot envision a more collaborative, nurturing, supportive environment to embark on my career as a physician than Mayo Clinic. Since becoming a part of Mayo as a medical resident, I have not only grown professionally but also have enjoyed the personal and life balance.