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RUSM adds new international clinical rotations

February 14, 2014

RUSM offers a unique learning environment for its students, with high-tech simulation and medical imaging offered within a breathtaking tropical rain forest setting. International experience is a given for pre-clinical students, and many extend their learning to local clinics and hospitals in Dominica. RUSM has been offering electives to Nairobi, Kenya since 2011. Now RUSM is expanding international opportunities for clinical students by adding new elective rotations in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Honduras and the Himalayas.

The new international electives, which will be available starting in April 2014, will allow students to participate in primary care for patients in an under-resourced setting. Students who have passed USMLE Step 1 and have completed at least one essential core rotation in a primary care specialty will be eligible.

Dr. Rhonda McIntyre, associate clinical professor, said that the new clinical electives were designed in response to the growing demand among students for practical, hands-on experience in under-developed regions. “Diseases that may be encountered include malaria, tuberculosis, fungal and skin infections, malnutrition and HIV, and a range of other conditions that are not as likely to be found in developed countries,” she said. “Participation in the international electives may also enhance our students’ match rate for residency.”

RUSM students have the opportunity to work alongside students from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Betheal Aschenaki, who participated in the Kenya elective, said, “I realized how much I knew as a student and I learned to value the impact we have as physicians. This is one of the reasons I want to go into family medicine.”

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