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EVENT RECAP: Education Summit and Clinical Track Fair Support Student Success

April 13, 2015

RUSM Education Summit
Drs. Jim Tysinger, seated left, Maureen Hall, and Jim Grogan. Standing: Drs. Stan White and Alison Dobbie.

“The theme was Supporting Student Success—and that’s exactly what the event was all about!” said Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Dean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty, MD. The event that Dean Flaherty's referring to was the Education Summit and Clinical Track Fair, held on RUSM’s Dominica campus on March 26 and 27.

“Our clinical chairs, deans and program directors, and basic science colleagues collaborated throughout, in the lectures, discussions, workshops and meetings," Dr. Flaherty said. After the meetings, the educators made themselves available to students at the Clinical Track Fair.

Want to learn more about RUSM's single-location clinical tracks? Check out this related post.

Presenters Speak About Constant Improvement, Preparing for Practice

Interim Senior Associate Campus Dean Dr. Stan White set the tone in his welcoming remarks when he asserted that RUSM’s effort is “not just about helping struggling students; it’s about equipping all our students to do better.” He thanked Maureen Hall, MD, Interim Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Jim Grogan, PhD, Associate Dean of Curriculum, for putting together an exciting and interactive program for the faculty and visiting clinical colleagues.

Plenary Speaker Jim Tysinger, PhD, a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in San Antonio, delivered a presentation on the topic of advising students and teaching them how to apply study skills and learning strategies to improve their performance and outcomes. “It’s not just a question of passing the exam, but of preparing for practice,” Tysinger said.


Awards Given to RUSM Basic Sciences and Clinical Faculty

A summit highlight was the faculty recognition awards presentation. For academic leadership, the award was given to Dr. Louise Hawley, Professor and Chair of Microbiology, who was retiring after 12 years at RUSM. For clinical curriculum development, the award went to Dr. Hedda Dyer, for her work with the community clinics’ program, Princess Margaret Hospital, and the Infirmary for the elderly. Dr. Valarie Thomas, Center for Teaching and Learning, received the award for student support. For module leadership, the award went to Dr. Mary Moore.

RUSM Education Summit
RUSM student Keely Johnson with Robert Dean, MD, RUSM clerkship director for OB/GYN.

The Clinical Track Fair attracted a large number of students. They had opportunities to hear from the clinical chairs, and others, including Vice Dean Peter Goetz and Gary Belotzerkovsky, Assistant Dean, Clinical Student Affairs. Students were able to get expert advice, and to have their individual questions answered.

“This was incredibly useful,” said Keely Johnson, a third-semester RUSM student who made the rounds of all the information tables, listened intently, took notes and asked questions. “I’m interested in international medicine. I kind of have an idea of what I want to do and where I want to go,” she said. “I would like to have an OB/GYN practice in California.”


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