University facts and figures

Ross University School of Medicine, founded in 1978, is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians to serve as leaders in the US healthcare system. Ross has more than 13,000 alumni who are practicing all over the United States, Canada, and beyond.

Congratulations to more than 660 current and former Ross graduates who attained residency appointments in 2017.



  • RESIDENCY: The majority of Ross graduates secure residency positions through the National Resident Matching Program® with some of the most prestigious teaching hospitals and leading medical centers in the United States. Review a list of medical school residency appointments here.
  • 2016 RESIDENCY OUTCOMES: More than 785 Ross graduates attained residencies in 2016. View the current list here. Please note that this list is subject to change as more residencies are added. The 2016 residency attainment rate for first-time eligible graduates was 86%.
  • 2015 RESIDENCY OUTCOMES: In 2015, more than 830 Ross graduates earned a residency position. That's a record number for our school. In 2015, the first-attempt residency attainment rate for Ross students was 88%. 99% of 2014-2015 Ross graduates who passed their United States Medical Licensing Examinations® (USMLE) on the first attempt attained a residency by April 2016.  Click here for the 2016 Ross residency attainments and specialties. 91% of Ross 2014-2015 graduates attained residency placements by July 1, 2016. (Residency attainment calculated after single or multiple USMLE exam attempts or residency placement attempts.)
  • CAREERS: More than two-thirds of Ross graduates enter residency programs in primary care (internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, etc.). There is an urgent shortage of primary care physicians in the United States. Ross is proud to play a leading role in addressing the urgent need for primary care physicians in the United States.


  • LEADERSHIP: Administration at Ross is drawn from renowned U.S. medical schools. William F. Owen, MD, Dean and Chancellor, was previously the Dean at the University of Illinois, the largest Liaison Committee for Medical Education-accredited medical school in the United States.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Visitors from U.S. education institutions are often surprised to find leading-edge educational technology at a Caribbean medical school. But technology is a critical component of the Ross curriculum. Ross uses human patient simulators throughout its curriculum. Computer-controlled, life-like mannequins blink, speak, and breathe, have a heartbeat and pulse and accurately mirror human responses to procedures such as CPR, intravenous medication, intubation and catheterization. The units are capable of simulating nearly any possible human medical emergency including allergic reactions, traumatic injuries, drug overdoses and common malfunctions of the body's major systems. 
  • CLINICAL TRAINING: Ross has a strong network of US teaching hospitals where students complete core rotations. All students have the opportunity to complete their core rotations in a single geographic area.
  • FACULTY: Every member of the Ross faculty holds a medical and/or doctorate degree. Many are also board certified in their specialties. The primary focus of Ross faculty is the teaching and mentoring of medical students.
  • STUDENT SUPPORT: The Center for Teaching and Learning at Ross provides individualized resources to help students develop and maintain strong study and learning habits and become lifelong learners. Additionally, Ross's student support model provides students with an array of support services throughout their medical school experience.
  • THREE CLASS STARTS EACH YEAR: Ross offers three enrollment periods each year, with semesters starting in January, May, and September. After completing semester one, students have the option to select one of two curriculum tracks—one traditional, one accelerated—to complete the pre-clinical program in Dominica in either 16 or 20 months, respectively.


  • ACCREDITATION: Ross is accredited by the Dominican Medical Board (DMB) and the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).
  • STATE APPROVALS: Some states such as New Jersey, New York, California, and Florida require approval for international medical schools. Ross is proud to be approved in each of these states.
  • TITLE IV ELIGIBILITY: The US Department of Education has certified Ross as an eligible institution for Title IV Federal Direct Student Loans. Ross students who qualify are eligible to receive US student loans in order to attend the university.
  • INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION: The World Health Organization (WHO) includes Ross in its listing of medical schools approved by recognized national authorities.
  • TECHNOLOGY DISTINCTION: Ross's Simulation Institute on the Dominica campus earned accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, an organization that seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation.

(2013-2014 Academic Year)

Ethnicity and Gender of RUSM Students


Citizenship of RUSM Students


  • Basic Sciences (Semesters 1-4): $21,325
  • Clinical Sciences (Semesters 5-10): $23,530
  • Complete Fee Schedule



Dominica, West Indies

  • Ross students begin their journey to become physicians on the school's campus in Dominica, located in the West Indies. Students complete a rigorous program in the basic sciences. The 35-acre campus features a highly advanced anatomy and medical imaging laboratory, as well as a simulation center where students begin to develop clinical skills.

Miramar, Florida

  • After completing the basic sciences program, students complete a clerkship titled Internal Medicine Foundations, held in Miramar.
  • The Office of the Dean and Chancellor and several other administrative medical school departments are located in Miramar.
  • Ross's Office of Admissions

North Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Office of Student Finance are located in North Brunswick, NJ.

US Teaching Hospitals

  • Students complete their medical education by taking core and elective clinical rotations at teaching hospitals across the United States and United Kingdom.



Office of the Dean and Chancellor

  • William F. Owen, MD, Dean and Chancellor
  • Alison Dobbie, MB, ChB, Senior Associate Dean of Education
  • Peter Goetz, Vice Dean of Administration
  • Stanley White, PhD, Senior Associate Dean, Dominica Campus
  • Nicole Shillingford, MBA, Director of Human Resources

Board of Trustees

  • Thomas G. Hollinger, PhD (Chair)
  • John Payne, MBA
  • Mark Siegler, MD, FACP (Vice Chair)
  • Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS
  • Amy E. Pollack, MD, MPH
  • Ronald L. Taylor
  • Sharon Thomas-Parrott


Ross faculty and administration are available for media interviews and inquiries. Please direct all media requests to Nicole Pride, Communications Manager, at or 732-509-4822.