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ALUMNI PERSPECTIVE: Canadian Alumni Share Firsthand Medical School Experiences at RUSM Info Event

February 05, 2015

Brianna Wells, MD, graduated from RUSM in December 2013 and is currently in the University of British Columbia Family Practice Residency Program.

Brianna Wells, MD, graduated from RUSM in December 2013 and is currently in the University of British Columbia Family Practice Residency Program.

What should an aspiring physician consider when selecting a medical school? What type of curriculum will prepare medical students for licensure exams in North America? How can a medical graduate obtain a good residency? Aspiring physicians in Canada have the opportunity to get answers to their burning questions and hear directly from medical graduates who weren’t long ago contemplating pursing a medical degree. Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) is hosting a complimentary information seminar Saturday, Feb. 7 in Vancouver, British Columbia at 2 p.m.

Brianna Wells, MD, graduated from RUSM in December 2013 and is currently in her first year of the University of British Columbia Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. Wells will be at the info seminar to offer advice.

“When deciding on what medical school to attend, prospective students should have a grasp on their interests in medicine and determine if the medical school they are considering have alumni who have successfully accomplished what they hope to do,” says Dr. Wells.

There were multiple reasons Dr. Wells chose RUSM over other medical schools, “RUSM is well-known, has a curriculum similar to Canadian schools, and has the ability to organize Canadian elective clerkship experiences.” She also cites RUSM’s unique academic schedule was a factor. “I liked that there were no breaks in the academic schedule.”

Tiffany Bursey, MD, graduated from RUSM in 2011 and is a family medicine physician at North Burlington Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic and at the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre. She is also a part-time hospitalist at Joseph Brant Hospital. All medical facilities located in Burlington, Ontario. 

RUSM Alumna Tiffany Bursey, MD.
Tiffany Bursey, MD, graduated from RUSM in 2011 and works in Burlington, Ontario as a family medicine physician at North Burlington Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic and at the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre. She is also a part-time hospitalist at Joseph Brant Hospital and teaches residents and medical students at the Halton McMaster Family Medicine Residency Program.

 

“I love what I do. I can’t imagine doing anything differently,” says Dr. Bursey. “In addition to general family medicine, I provide comprehensive care including low-risk obstetrics, palliative care and hospital medicine.”

 

Dr. Bursey also teaches residents and medical students at the Halton McMaster Family Medicine Residency Program in Burlington, Ontario. She too conducted her family medicine residency at McMaster University at the Hamilton, Ontario location.

She recalls her path to successfully obtaining a Canadian residency, “I worked extremely hard to do well on all of my US and Canadian exams. I conducted elective clerkships across Canada and received great reference letters from Canadian physicians.”

In addition to working hard academically, both physicians acknowledge students need to maintain a balance between studying and recreation.

Dr. Wells has this advice for medical students on how to manage stress: “When you are studying, concentrate and do it well. When you are relaxing, let it all go and have fun!” One of Dr. Wells’ cherished memories at RUSM was the time she spent playing in the baseball league.

There are several opportunities to relieve stress in Dominica, West Indies, where students complete their foundational studies before completing their clinical training in the one of RUSM’s affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the United States and select opportunities in Canada.

Dr. Bursey enjoyed snorkeling, scuba diving and beach volleyball when in Dominica.

“My fondest memory of my experience at RUSM is living in the Caribbean and meeting some of my now closest friends," says Dr. Bursey. "The memories are priceless.”

Tags: Alumni , Canada , Residency

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