September 08, 2015
|Alumnus Eric Wilson, MD (above), Class of 2007, credits Ross University School of Medicine for his success as a sports medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, CA.
For many years after his undergraduate studies at University of California Davis, Eric Wilson (’07), MD, had given up on his dream of going to medical school—held back by a less-than-stellar GPA.
Then he discovered Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM).
“For me, having the opportunity to realize a dream that I had given up on many years before was just an amazing experience,” he says. “The Admissions Committee at Ross University [School of Medicine] saw some potential in me and opened a door that would have otherwise remained closed.”
Once Dr. Wilson stepped through that door, he never looked back.
Strong USMLE Performance and His First Choice of Residency
He scored competitively on the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) Step 1 and 2 exams, and completed his residency in internal medicine at University of California San Francisco-Fresno Medical Education Program—his first choice.
“My experience from the moment that I first stepped foot on Dominica to the moment I walked across the stage to accept my diploma was fulfilling, stressful, challenging, difficult, and at times exhausting. But looking back, I would not have changed a single thing,” he says.
Dr. Wilson, now a sports medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, CA, (Kaiser) credits RUSM for his success, and the ability to pursue his personal passion: tennis medicine.
As a competitive tennis player and a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) certified teaching professional, Wilson served as a member of the USTA Sport Science Committee, and is actively working toward understanding causes of tennis-related injuries, and how to prevent them.
"My experience from the moment that I first stepped foot on Dominica to the moment I walked across the stage to accept my diploma was fulfilling, stressful, challenging, difficult, and at times exhausting. But looking back, I would not have changed a single thing."
— Eric Wilson, '08 RUSM graduate, on how RUSM helped him achieve his dream
A Continual Source of Inspiration
Working in Kaiser’s department of orthopedics, Dr. Wilson treats a wide range of nonsurgical orthopedic conditions and sports related injuries.
“I work in a very enriching and collegial atmosphere and have the opportunity to interact with patients of all different ages and ethnic backgrounds. I treat their orthopedic conditions, which cause them pain and dysfunction, and to help them return to their desired level of function.”
Seeing his patients recover remains a continual source of inspiration.
“The power of the body to heal itself never ceases to amaze me, and it is a privilege to support patients during their healing process and see them make a meaningful recovery,” he says.
Final Words of Advice for Medical School Students
And while his daily focus is on his patients, Dr. Wilson is constantly grateful for the opportunity RUSM has given him.
“I’m doing everything I wanted to do thanks to Ross [University School of Medicine], so I certainly owe everything to them.”
His advice to prospective students: never give up.
“If you have the desire and the dream to become a physician, Ross University [School of Medicine] looks to make it possible.”
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