Foundations of Medicine

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) students start their rigorous medical training on the school's campus in Dominica, where they complete our Foundations of Medicine (basic sciences) curriculum. Here, you'll study the essentials of practicing medicine via an integrated, organ systems-based curriculum—a teaching model more relevant to clinical work that gives you a broad look at how the different systems in the body work together. After completing academic study on campus, students then proceed to the clinical phase of their medical training in the United States.

A Clinically Relevant Approach to Medical School

The Foundations of Medicine curriculum is designed to:

  • Offer an in-depth, comprehensive program of biomedical sciences that has traditionally been deemed appropriate for future medical practitioners
  • Provide patient case correlations and clinical competency learning throughout the instructional program of biomedical sciences
  • Present a physical diagnosis course that provides the practical experience needed by students to prepare adequately for their clinical clerkships

The curriculum is designed so that the classes and examinations are based upon programmatic and module learning objectives designed to meet the core competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). ACGME competencies are presented throughout the medical school program, identified as patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, professionalism, and interpersonal skills and communication.

Two Curriculum Options

Because we know that different students learn at different paces, RUSM offers two tracks in the Foundation of Medicine curriculum—a 20-month curriculum (75 weeks) and a 16-month curriculum (60 weeks). Though both tracks constitute the same course of study, the 20-month curriculum includes integrated study breaks and less course modules per semester.