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Getting Everyone on Track - From Peter Goetz, Vice Dean of Administration

April 07, 2014

There are some students at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) who want the opportunity to move around the U.S. and complete their core rotations at various hospitals, large and small, in rural and urban settings. Still, most of our students prefer to complete tracked core rotations, if not all at one hospital, then in the same geographic area.

We are striving to provide tracked rotations for each and every student and, in the not-so-distant future we hope to achieve this goal. We believe that students should be concentrating on their studies, not worrying about the outside distractions that come with moving repeatedly, having to find a place to live, and having to learn the system at a new hospital.

How does it work? Students who are eligible will receive an application and may choose and rank their preferences and note any extenuating circumstances. The decision is made by RUSM’s clinical leaders, and is based on a number of factors, including requirements to which hospitals and RUSM have mutually agreed.

We also continually strive to have enough fourth-year electives in our inventory to provide students with robust choices, specifically those that are stand-alone Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) electives. While some of our students wish to find electives on their own, at hospitals that offer spots to visiting students, we want to provide enough ACGME opportunities so that students can be scheduled for their entire fourth year.

Additionally, RUSM has expanded international opportunities for clinical students by adding new elective rotations in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Honduras and the Himalayas.

At RUSM we know how important this is to our students, and it is vitally important to all of us.

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