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Residency Fair Brings Medical Students Face-to-Face with Residency Directors

February 28, 2014

“Speaking to an actual residency program director is better than getting information off the Internet,” said David Contreras, 24, a third semester student at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) who attended the Residency Fair held on the Dominica campus on Feb. 22. Contreras, a graduate of California State University at Stanislaus, wants to become a pediatrician. “It was very helpful speaking with Dr. Lavani. Now I know my priorities and what I need to do.” Romeen Lavani, MD is the clinical associate of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago, and RUSM chair of pediatrics.

About 200 RUSM students took the opportunity to meet with residency program directors from hospitals throughout the U.S. who were in Dominica for a two-day event called the Education Summit. “Questions specific to me were answered,” said fourth semester student Rebecca Skilbred, who was engaged in a discussion with Kelly Rich, MD, medical director of the Atlanta Medical Center Family Medicine Clinic, where she is the student coordinator.

Srilakshmi Maguluri, MD, an ophthalmologist, is the director of medical education at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago, overseeing students, as well as faculty. She, too, was at the Residency Fair to offer guidance and answer questions. “We have RUSM students in all core rotations and in electives,” she said.

RUSM Dean and Chancellor, Joseph Flaherty, MD, was on-hand to advise students about the field of psychiatry and Senior Associate Dean, Wm Lynn Weaver, MD, FACS, shared his expertise about surgery.

“I love kids and I love cardiology,” said Thomas Hill, 25, a fourth semester RUSM student who plans to combine these areas of medicine in his career by practicing pediatric cardiology. Hill, a graduate of Texas A & M University, came to the Residency Fair and got some advice from Dr. Lavani. “It was good information,” he said.


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