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MATCH: RUSM Was the 'Experience of a Lifetime', Says Newly Matched Grad

March 21, 2016

Hailey Shah, a Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) 2016 graduate, said that attending the school, “was the best experience. It was the experience of a lifetime.” She has obtained a residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Manhattan, NY. She hopes to pursue a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

The Texas native earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, with a major in biology and minor in chemistry, “with the sole purpose of pursuing medical school,” she said.  Shah said that her first round of applications to US medical schools “was very disappointing.” However, she added, “I had such a passion for medicine that I had to try again. It was a blessing in disguise. I knew RUSM would give me a chance to redeem myself. I did my research and felt confident that I’d get the education I needed. I knew I had the aptitude and the will to succeed.”

That positive attitude and strong determination have contributed to Shah’s success. She said that she enjoyed her time on the Dominica campus, achieving “a good balance of working hard and playing hard.” She and her friends made it a point to do a fun activity after each exam, several times a semester. “You have to take time to give your brain a break,” she said. Shah also made time to volunteer with the Salybia Mission Project, a student group that brings health care to Dominica’s indigenous people.

Members of her family, including her new husband, her parents and in-laws, will be at the RUSM commencement ceremony in Coral Gables in May, to proudly watch the first doctor in the family walk across the stage in her cap and gown to receive her MD degree.

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