Foundations of Medicine

The Basic Sciences Component of Medical School

Ross University School of Medicine students begin academic study on the school's technologically advanced campus in Dominica, where they complete a rigorous program in the basic sciences known as the Foundations of Medicine curriculum. This organ systems-based curriculum integrates traditional, lecture-based instruction with hands-on, clinically relevant experiences—an approach designed to help our students think like physicians early in their Ross education, before they head to the United States.

The 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.

Ross offers two tracks for the Foundations of Medicine curriculum. Go here for more information on these tracks.