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General FAQ's

General Answers

Q: How many faculty members are there?
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In Dominica, roughly 80 full-time faculty members guide students through the rigorous Foundations of Medicine curriculum.

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Q: What credentials are held by RUSM faculty?
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Every member of the RUSM faculty holds a medical and/or doctorate degree. Many are also board certified in their specialties.

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Q: What type of interaction can I expect with faculty?
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One of the strengths of RUSM is the commitment and quality of faculty whose primary objective is the teaching and mentoring of medical students. RUSM aims to create an academic community that is unique and inspiring to students.

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Q: What curriculum tracks are offered by RUSM?
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 There are two tracks for the basic sciences curriculum:

  • 4-semester accelerated track comprised of 60 weeks of study
  • 5-semester track comprised of 75 weeks of study.

The two tracks offer the same academic program

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Q: How long is the clinical portion of the MD program at RUSM?
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After passing the USMLE Step 1, all RUSM students will have the opportunity to take 48 weeks of required clinical core clerkships and 30 weeks of electives. Preferences, such as time and region, are not guaranteed.

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Q: When do students take USMLE Step 1?
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After completing the basic sciences curriculum and “Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine,” students must take the Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Taking the USMLE Step 1 is required before beginning clinical rotations. 

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Q: What hospitals, clinical sites, and healthcare organizations have affiliations with RUSM?
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CALIFORNIA
California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles
Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield
Metropolitan State Hospital, Norwalk
St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach


CANADA
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

CONNECTICUT
Griffin Hospital, Derby
Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury
Saint Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Saint Elizabeth Hospital, DC

FLORIDA
Bayfront Family Health Center, St. Petersburg
Cleveland Clinic, Weston
Center for Haitian Studies, Miami
Memorial Regional Hospital, Miramar

GEORGIA
Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta

ILLINOIS
Saint Anthony Hospital, Chicago
West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park

MARYLAND
Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, Baltimore Harbor Hospital Center, Baltimore
Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring
Prince George's Hospital Center, Cheverly
Spring Grove Hospital Center, Catonsville
St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore

MASSACHUSETTS
Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis
Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester

MICHIGAN
Central Michigan University/Synergy Medical Education Alliance, Saginaw
Doctors Hospital of Michigan, Pontiac
St. Joseph's Hospital Mercy Oakland, Pontiac

NEW JERSEY
Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus
Hoboken University Medical Center (formerly St. Mary Hospital of Hoboken), Hoboken
Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy
Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth

NEW YORK
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx
Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn
Flushing Hospital, Flushing
Jamaica Hospital Center, Jamaica
New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York
South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside
St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse
Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island

OHIO
Grant Hospital, Columbus
Northside Hospital, Youngstown
 

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Q: Can RUSM students complete clinical rotations at hospitals with ACGME-approved residency programs?
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All RUSM-affiliated hospitals are either ACGME or AOA approved in specific programs. Clinical rotations must be completed at a teaching hospital.  

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Q: What is Internal Medicine Foundations (IMF)?
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Internal Medicine Foundations (IMF) is a six-week clerkship held in Florida. It is the first clinical rotation for RUSM students. Students gain experience in taking medical histories and making physical diagnostics, and enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Q: What are core and elective rotations?
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After passing USMLE Step 1, RUSM students are eligible to enter clinical clerkships, in rotation, in specific fields. There are 48 weeks of required clinical core clerkships and 30 weeks of electives.

The core clerkships are internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery and family medicine.

The elective clerkships must include:

  • Eight additional weeks of medicine, which may be spent in general medicine or in medical subspecialties, and
  • Four additional weeks of surgery, which may be spent in general surgery or in surgical subspecialties.

See more information on electives.

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Q: Does RUSM offer track rotations, and if so, where?
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Yes. There are opportunities where RUSM students can complete all of their third-year clinical rotations over 48 consecutive weeks in one location.

Track rotations are available at:

New York:
St. John’s Episcopal
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
New York Methodist

Chicago:
Norwegian American Hospital
West Suburban Medical Center
Mt. Sinai Hospital
St. Anthony Hospital

California:
Kern Medical Center
California Hospital Medical Center

Michigan:
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital

Florida:
Center for Haitian Studies
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Maryland:
Prince George Hospital Center
Beltway Track

Georgia:
Atlanta Medical Center

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Q: Can I conduct clerkships outside of the United States?
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The majority of clerkships are available at a RUSM-affiliated teaching hospital in the United States. There are also select clerkships available in Canada and the United Kingdom. 

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Q: Can I choose the hospital where I complete my clinical rotations?
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Students can indicate which RUSM-affiliated teaching hospital they prefer to conduct their clinical core clerkships. Student preferences are not guaranteed. Rotation assignments are based on several factors including availability, specialties, regions, USMLE Step scores, and GPA. 

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