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Q: Is Ross accredited and by whom?
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Dominica Medical Board (DMB) 

The government of the Commonwealth of Dominica authorizes Ross to confer the Doctor of Medicine degree and graduates are also eligible for licensure in Dominica. The United States Department of Education, through its National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), has determined that the accreditation standards employed by the Dominica Medical Board are comparable with those used to evaluate programs leading to the MD degree in the United States by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.  

 Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) 

Ross is also accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). 

CAAM-HP is the legally constituted body established in 2003 under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programs of medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM. 

Accreditation by CAAM-HP is a rigorous, peer review process which examines all aspects of a medical program. The CAAM-HP board, an independent and autonomous body of professionals, only certifies medical schools that are operating at the highest levels of educational standards. 

Through this accreditation, the CAAM-HP provides assurance to medical students, graduates, the medical profession, healthcare institutions and the public that programs leading to qualifications in medicine meet appropriate national and international standards for educational quality, and that the graduates have a sufficiently complete and valid educational experience. 

Additional Recognition 

The General Medical Council of Great Britain has granted the Ross Doctor of Medicine degree Limited Registration status 

The World Health Organization includes Ross in its listing of medical schools approved by recognized national authorities.  

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) granted full accreditation to Ross University School of Medicine’s Simulation Institute in November 2013.

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Q: Are the accreditation standards for Ross comparable to US medical schools?
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The United States Department of Education, through its National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), has determined that the accreditation standards employed by the Dominica Medical Board are comparable with those used to evaluate programs leading to the MD degree in the United States by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

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Q: Is Ross accredited by a US accreditor?
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There is no US accreditor that grants accreditation directly to schools outside the US.

The United States Department of Education, through its National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), has determined that the accreditation standards employed by the Dominica Medical Board are comparable with those used to evaluate programs leading to the MD degree in the United States by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

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Q: Can Ross graduates practice in the United States?
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Yes. Ross students are eligible to take all of the United States Medical License Examinations (USMLE) by registering with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and are eligible to apply for licensure in all states in the United States.

California

The Medical Board of California has recognized that the resident course of instruction leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree awarded by the Ross University School of Medicine is equivalent to that required by Section 2089 and 2089.5 of the California Business and Professions Code. The medical education program is equivalent to that of a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited school. This allows Ross to conduct clinical clerkships in California and enables its graduates to apply for licensure. Many other states defer to California’s recognition for the purpose of physician licensure because most do not have their own review and approval process.

Florida

Under the provision of Chapter 1005, Florida Statutes and Chapter 6E of the Florida Administrative Code, the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education licenses RUSM to offer programs of instruction. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL, 32399-0400, toll-free 888-224-6684.

New Jersey

The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners has approved Ross to offer clinical clerkship programs in New Jersey hospitals.

New York

The New York State Education Department has approved the program of medical education at Ross that seeks and places students in long-term clinical clerkships in affiliated hospitals in New York State.

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Q: Can I be licensed outside of the United States?
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Ross graduates receive a Doctor of Medicine degree which is recognized internationally. However, licensure requirements vary in each country. Some countries may require foreign medical graduates to take additional tests before receiving approval to practice.

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Q: How does Ross' residency attainment rate compare to US medical schools and Osteopathic schools?
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U.S. allopathic seniors have enjoyed a 93-95% match rate during their initial residency match cycle; osteopathic seniors/graduates have enjoyed a 70-75% match rate.

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Q: Where is the Ross pre-clinical campus?
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The medical school is located on a 26-acre campus in the Caribbean island of Dominica, which is known as the “Nature Island." It is the most mountainous island in the region with winding roads connecting coastal fishing villages and hillsides covered with a vast array of fruit trees. Thousands of tourists make their way each year to Dominica to trek through the island's rain forest, which is alive with rare birds, flowers and animals, or to walk along cloud-shrouded mountain peaks in search of one of Dominica's many secluded lakes or hot springs.

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Q: What support does Ross provide students in obtaining a residency?
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Upon completion of the basic sciences curriculum, students receive ongoing advising by the Office of Student and Professional Development to prepare them for residency. For example, students are guided on the timeline to meet MATCH, requirements for graduation, and how to effectively complete the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).

Additionally, the Office of Student and Professional Development provides feedback on students’ CVs and personal statements and offers mock interviews in preparation for MATCH.
 

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Q: How does Ross' residency attainment rate compare to US medical schools and Osteopathic schools?
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U.S. allopathic seniors have enjoyed a 93-95% match rate during their initial residency match cycle; osteopathic seniors/graduates have enjoyed a 70-75% match rate.

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Q: What is the total number of Ross alumni?
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 There are more than 10,000 Ross alumni.

 

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