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Aspiring Medical School Students Head to RUSM in Miramar for a Look at the Clinical Experience

November 19, 2014

RUSM Clinical Experience
RUSM's Jon Bolaski, EdD, NCC, Graduate
Admissions Advisor and Associate Professor
of Behavioral Sciences (left) speaks with
Stefan Kuster de Souza, 24. Stefan will be attending
RUSM as part of the January 2015 class.

In early November, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) gave hundreds of prospective students and guests the opportunity to really get an inside look at what it’s like to be a medical school student. For the first time ever, RUSM opened its Miramar location up to the general public at the first RUSM Clinical Experience Open House. Guests toured patient exam facilities, explored the highly advanced simulation technology used throughout much of RUSM’s curriculum, and engaged alumni, deans, and other colleagues in one-on-one and group discussions about the institution’s history and graduate outcomes.

Generally, only current students are allowed access to RUSM’s Miramar location. RUSM students come to Miramar midway through their medical education for six weeks of clinical training in Internal Medicine Foundations after completing their studies in Dominica, as they transition to the clinical years and go on to complete rotations at hospital affiliates in the US.

Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, RUSM dean and chancellor, was on hand at the event for opening remarks. Carey M. James, MBA, RUSM’s associate dean of operations, analysis, and admissions, presented an overview of the school and facilitated a Q&A session with a panel of RUSM colleagues and alumni.

Stefan Kuster de Souza, 24—a native of Brazil and a graduate of Florida International University who will be attending RUSM in January 2015—attended the Open House specifically because he wanted a sneak preview of the simulation technology in play at RUSM. “I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was a child—I used to play with a little medical kit,” he said. “I still have it.”

Also in attendance were people who are already working in healthcare professions. This included a registered nurse and a paramedic with a large metropolitan fire rescue department, both of who said they have always had a desire to be a doctor. Career-changers comprise a significant population of the students at RUSM.

An alumnus on the Q&A panel, Dr. Frederick Scott Ross (2010) is a hospitalist at Cleveland Clinic Florida, where he completed his residency. He described his experiences as a “non-traditional student” older than average, and with a wife and children whom he brought to Dominica. Alumna Dr. Cleopatra Gordon-Pusey (2004) owns a family practice in Pembroke Pines, FL. She talked about her economic challenges as a medical student, recalling days of “eating Ramen noodles on Dominica.”

“I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Gordon-Pusey said.

Tags: Clinical Program , Admissions

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