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PROFILE: How RUSM Grad Lilian Sarfati Impressed on Day 1 of Residency (and Beyond)

February 02, 2016

There’s this story that Lilian Sarfati, MD (’12), likes to share about her first day of residency.

It’s June 2012 in sunny Florida. Sarfati, a freshly minted graduate of Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), is starting her first-choice residency in family medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the major teaching hospital of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Sarfati and seven of her resident colleagues get pulled into a room. It’s just them, one nurse, and a patient on a gurney having a heart attack. It’s a patient safety simulation, to be clear—structured to help residents learn to work together as an organized healthcare team—and not a real patient.

But the stakes are still high. After all, it’s the first day of residency. You don’t want to mess this up.

“They threw us into this situation and they tell us ‘OK, just deal with it,’” Sarfati says.

So she thinks for a second, then jumps in, rallying her fellow residents. Okay, so how about you tackle this part of the exercise? she says to one. I’ll take over on this, and you guys can handle this part. “I was running mostly on intuition,” she remembers.

They complete the scenario, and after it ends, the coordinator pulls her aside. Asks her who she is, where she went to school.

“Lilian Sarfati,” she says. “I went to Ross University.”

“Wow,” the coordinator responds. “You impressed us. We thought you were from University of Miami.”

“Nope,” she told him, smiling. “Ross. And proud.”

And to think she almost didn’t get an opportunity to go to medical school at all. 

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