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From Haiti to Minnesota: Alum Set to Begin Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic

May 11, 2016

“It’s like a boulder came off my back,” said Marc Olivier Duverseau when describing the sense of relief he felt after obtaining a residency position. Duverseau will attend the preliminary surgery program at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Duverseau was born and raised in Haiti and arrived to the United States at age 18 to attend the University of Tampa.

His anxiety about getting into a prominent residency program was in part due to him being an immigrant to the United States. According to Duverseau, a surgery residency is very competitive and he thought being an International Medical Graduate (IMG) would put him further “at odds” of earning a coveted residency position.

There could have been some credence to Duverseau’s concerns. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book, Minnesota remains in the bottom half (#33) of the states – at about 16 percent – that have active physicians who are IMGs, in spite of the physician workforce trends that show IMGs playing a critical role in the US Healthcare System.

Duverseau admits that he never gave a second thought to RUSM’s location in the Caribbean. “It didn’t bother me that Ross was in the Caribbean because I knew the second half of the curriculum takes place at US teaching hospitals,” said Duverseau. “Since I grew up on a Caribbean island, moving to another one was easy. When I got there, I adapted in three seconds.”   

Already given thought to what comes next in his career, Duverseau plans to finish a categorical surgery residency and then go on to conduct a fellowship in trauma and critical care. His ultimate dream is to open up the first Intensive Care Unit in Haiti; according to Duverseau, there aren’t any in the country.

Duverseau says this to aspiring physicians considering RUSM: “It doesn’t matter that you will be an IMG. If you have a dream, and if you keep fighting for it, then nothing is going to stop you,” said Duverseau. “One day you’ll match and be the best physician you can possibly be.”


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