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OPPORTUNITY: RUSM’s Class of 2019 Don White Coats in Moving Ceremony

October 12, 2015

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RUSM September 2015 WC“You are the group that said, ‘we’re not giving up,’” said Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, Dean and Chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) addressing the new group of incoming students at the White Coat Ceremony on October 8, 2015 on the Dominica campus. “You’ve gone through a lot just getting here.” He was referring to Tropical Storm Erika and its devastating aftermath on the island in late August.

The widespread destruction caused by the deadly storm also resulted in the airport’s closure, making it necessary for large groups of students, faculty and other colleagues to fly to Guadeloupe and take a ferry from there. “Remember Guadeloupe?” Dean Flaherty asked, eliciting affirmative cheers from the audience. He, too, had traveled that route with them last month. “You showed your commitment. You showed your ability to take on a challenge and move on. There are many challenges in medical school. I think you’re up to them. We selected you because we knew you could make it.”

Vice Dean Peter Goetz welcomed the class of 2019 and said, “We are very proud of our diversity.” He noted that the students were born in 56 countries, although most were born in the US.

“This is a very significant event for us,” said Campus Dean Dr. Stanley White. He introduced the keynote speaker, RUSM alumna Anita Lal, MD, a forensic pathologist. “Our keynote speaker shows new students what our graduates can become,” he said.

Dr. Lal has been a staff forensic pathologist at the Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit in Toronto since 2013 and is also a lecturer in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. The advice she gave to the new students was,  “Ask questions. Be determined. Don’t give up.”

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