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RUSM Junior Faculty Members Offer Good Advice at Canadian Students’ Society Event

July 24, 2014

“It is especially important for us Canadians to know what to expect after leaving the island for our clinical years,” said Marc Bergeron, PhD, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, and advisor to the Canadian Students’ Society. “Each semester, we have been fortunate enough to have Canadian Junior Faculty share their experiences both in the United States and Canada. Students learn the ins-and-outs of core clerkship and elective rotations, how to apply for the match, strategizing for residency, the sequencing of exams and the reality of going home. It is always an extremely informative session.”

Julia Kulikowski, 24, prime minister of the Canadian Students’ Society, and Stephanie Riviere, 25, deputy prime minister, are in their fourth semester at RUSM. “When I first came to the Club Fair, I remember seeing the giant Canada flag and feeling at home,” said Riviere, a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. “It’s nice having the community here.” The Club Fair, at which about 50 RUSM student groups and organizations staff information tables, is held during orientation. Kulikowski, a native of Burlington, Ontario and a graduate of the University of Guelph, has been a member of the group she now leads since her first semester at RUSM.

The junior faculty members who presented to the Canadian Students’ Society on July 18 were alumnae Magdalene Gyuricska, MD and Ndidi Abara, MD.  For those students who want to obtain a residency in Canada, “If it’s possible for you to do rotations in Canada and to get letters of recommendation from doctors in Canada, that’s always a plus,” advised Dr. Abara.

When it comes to getting a visa for a longer period of time, “Do not come from Dominica to the US; go to Canada and then go to the US from Canada,” suggested Dr. Gyuricska. 

The students, who were treated to a pizza lunch, were very engaged and asked many questions of the presenters.

(Photo: Stephanie Riviere, left, and Julia Kulikowski, officers of the Canadian Students’ Society at RUSM.)

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