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MATCH: RUSM Student Lands Her First Choice for Residency

March 20, 2015

Marcella Perez, RUSM student, matched today
Marcella Perez (above), set to graduate in May 2015, matched into the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Family Medicine Program.

Marcella Perez, set to graduate in May 2015 from Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), plans to bring 25 family members to the commencement ceremony in Coral Gables, Florida. She was born and raised in New Jersey, and some relatives are coming from there, some from Tampa, and some from as far away as Colombia.

And after Perez's successful Match today—at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Family Medicine Program, her first choice—she and her family have even more to celebrate.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, with a major in biomedical engineering and it was always her dream to become a physician. While she was always a good student, she said that her MCAT scores were disappointing, even after two attempts. RUSM gave her an opportunity to enroll and she proved that she was, indeed, a good student, achieving a high GPA and doing well on the United States Medical Licensing Examination® Step exams. “When you have a passion for the material you study, you’re able to do well,” she said.

While on the Dominica campus for the Foundations of Medicine portion of her medical education, Marcella explored the various areas of the profession by joining the student clubs devoted to pediatrics, ob-gyn, and surgery. “I had a great time on the island, hiking and exploring. I miss Dominica,” she said. “I got to participate in community clinics and that was really rewarding,” she noted. “It made me feel really good about why I chose to go into medicine.”

But it was not until Marcella did her second clinical rotation that she knew for sure what area she wanted to pursue. ”When I did my family medicine rotation, I fell in love. Being able to see patients of all ages, and being able to manage a wide variety of medical conditions is really special to family medicine,” she said. “I have a lot of different interests, and that’s one of the reasons I chose family medicine. Within the specialty I can strengthen my areas of interest such as women’s health and geriatrics, while still being a primary care physician and providing care in underserved areas.”

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