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CLINICAL SPOTLIGHT: Making Our Strong Clinical Program Even Stronger

February 20, 2015

We’re excited about some of the great new developments in the clinical program at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). From dedicated student support teams to new U.S. regional hubs that serve as convenient, single-location “academic homes” for our clinical students, there’s a lot for our students to look forward to—and even more enhancements headed your way in the future.

New Single-Location Clinical Rotation Opportunities for Medical School Students

Since our founding about 40 years ago, RUSM clinical administrators have worked hard to identify and partner with United States teaching hospitals that meet our standards for excellence. That hasn’t changed: We’re proud to continue offering our students clinical placements at quality clinical sites across the United States, plus options for rotations in Canada and the United Kingdom.

What has changed? Notably, in recent months, we’ve been giving students the opportunity to complete all third-year clinical rotations—the “core” disciplines of medicine, like internal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics—at a single location, rather than at multiple hospitals. That’s because we believe that our students shouldn’t have to worry about the outside distractions that come with moving from site to site, having to find a place to live, and learning the ins and outs at a new hospital.

Single-location clinical opportunities are available in:

New York

  • St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway
  • Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Queens
  • New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn


  • West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park
  • Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago
  • St. Anthony Hospital, Chicago


  • Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield
  • California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles



  • Center for Haitian Studies, Miami
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston


  • Prince George Hospital Center, Cheverly
  • Beltway Track, which includes four hospitals—Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore; Prince George Hospital Center; Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring; and St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, DC)


  • Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta

New and Expanded Affiliations Add Value to Clinical Program

Over the last few years, we’ve started or expanded clinical education affiliations with a number of highly regarded teaching hospitals.

  • RUSM entered into a 10-year affiliation agreement with Kern Medical Center (KMC) in Bakersfield, Calif., to offer about 100 core clinical rotation slots annually for RUSM students. This partnership, initiated in 2012, is the largest clinical affiliation in RUSM’s history. KMC, established in 1867, is a 222-bed acute care teaching hospital that serves about 650,000 area residents. KMC provides care for more than 16,000 inpatients annually, and experiences 43,000 Emergency Room visits per year. Per the agreement, RUSM clinical students can complete all third-year rotations at KMC.
  • Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) joined the RUSM clinical network in 2013. A 762-bed acute care hospital and a leading provider of advanced medical care to the metro Atlanta area, AMC is the second largest licensed-bed hospital in Georgia and a Level 1 trauma center. RUSM clinical students can complete all of their third-year rotations at AMC. The hospital is widely recognized for its women’s services program and for outstanding performance in the treatment of stroke patients. The hospital has campuses in downtown Atlanta and East Point, GA.
  • We expanded our affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Florida, one of the campuses of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, in 2013. This strengthened agreement gives RUSM students the option of completing internal medicine and surgery training at this Weston-based teaching hospital.  With the addition of the internal medicine and surgery clerkships, RUSM students can choose from nearly 30 clinical clerkships at Cleveland Clinic Florida, including anesthesiology, infectious disease, neurology, plastic surgery, and pulmonary medicine.

Supporting Our Students During Clinicals

As you may have guessed, you’ll be very busy as a RUSM clinical student, and it can be challenging to progress through clinical rotations while staying connected, staying on track to earn your medical degree, and preparing to enter residency. To help support our students during the clinical program, we’ve implemented the Rely On Student Service (ROSS) model. This student support feature links every RUSM clinical student with his/her own team of dedicated advisors, from financial counselors to writers from our Office for Student Professional Development. Clinical students can also leverage innovative digital technologies to further enrich their clinical experience. 

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