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DEAN’S BLOG: Medical Schools Like RUSM Are Part of the Solution to This US Problem

July 20, 2015

Ross University Dean Joseph A. Flaherty

This post was written by Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, dean and chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine.

An article in The Hill, a leading U.S. publication covering politics, suggests that international medical schools are a critical part of alleviating the looming doctor shortage. Entitled “Discrimination Against Foreign Medical Schools is Bad for Your Health,” it references the prediction that by 2025, the country will be short as many as 90,000 doctors, and points out that the solution to this problem will not come from schools located on American soil alone:

❝[T]here are not enough medical schools in the United States to train an adequate number of physicians needed to provide medical care.  Many talented and hard working Americans who have the calling to go into medicine simply cannot get accepted into medical schools in their own country. To become doctors, those individuals have to go abroad. While there are some medical schools outside the United States that are sub-standard, there are many schools that do a very good job of educating hopeful American doctors.❞

It goes on to say that medical schools “in places like Dominica” do “a great job of preparing their students to practice in the United States.” It also notes the success some schools outside the U.S. have in “educating minorities to become doctors,” an area where “American medical schools are failing miserably.” 

It is past time for leading international medical schools like RUSM to get their due for the contributions we make to the U.S. healthcare system. At RUSM we enroll talented and committed individuals from diverse backgrounds and provide them with a rigorous education. And we get results: a 97% first-time pass rate on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam in 2014, and more than 800 graduates earning residencies this year. A large number of this year’s graduates will enter primary care, practice in high-need areas, or both. We are proud to play our part in helping the U.S. meet its need for physicians.

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