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STUDENTS: Melodie Sarebanha is Skating to Success in Family Medicine

August 08, 2017

Grace under pressure comes naturally to Melodie Sarebanha, an award-winning, competitive figure-skater and coach since childhood. Now the fourth-year Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) student is devoting her lifetime of discipline and training on the ice to her pursuit of a career as a family physician. She continues to skate to success. 

CAFP Council Member

A recent noteworthy accomplishment is her selection to serve as a member of the California Association of Family Physicians (CAFP) Student-Resident Council. “I am so honored,” she said. Melodie has been a CAFP member and key contact since last year. “As a member, I am tasked with building a strong and ongoing relationship with legislators that have the power to put forth policies that may impact the Family Medicine community,” she explained. She is also an American Association of Family Physicians national conference scholarship winner. “The role of council members is to help coordinate statewide student-resident activities and to develop innovative ways to promote and advocate for family medicine in California. CAFP represents over 2500 student and resident members and serves as a resource hub for 12 medical schools and over 50 family medicine residency programs,” explained Pamela Mann, MPH, CAFP program manager.

Volunteer Activities

While on campus in Dominica, Melodie volunteered to work with the USNS Comfort Continuing Promise Mission, the US navy ship that in the summer of 2015 brought health care services to the island by setting up clinics for one week. She was also a member of the Salybia Mission Project, the student-led group that brings health care to the indigenous Carib people in the Kalinago territory on the island.

Los Angeles Ice Theater

Melodie grew up in Los Angeles, California, and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine, where her major was public health. Among the previous work experience she lists on her CV is the role of Captain of the Los Angeles Ice Theater, which gave her “the responsibility for leading more than 20 girls in competitions throughout the world, including the UK and France,” she said. She added that she had been a member of the Los Angeles Figure Skating club since the age of five, competing around the globe.

Becoming a Family Physician

Dr. Enrique Fernandez, RUSM’s Chair of Family Medicine, has been a mentor to Melodie and to the Family Medicine Interest Group at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California, of which Melodie was a founder, has been a member and served as president. At Kern she delivered several presentations, including one on schizophrenia, another on pediatric gastro-intestinal disorders, and one on asthma. She is well on her way to becoming a family physician.


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STUDENTS: Two Ross Students Appointed to SNMA Board of Directors

August 01, 2017

Two outstanding RUSM students, Brittany Fields and Dantwan Smith, have been appointed to the Student National Medical Association’s (SNMA) Board of Directors as International Affairs Committee Co-Chairs.

The SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest, independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color.  Organized with chapters across the nation, the SNMA membership includes more than 7,000 medical students, pre-medical students and physicians.

In addition to being active in the SNMA, Ms. Fields is also a member of the SGA and the group White Coats for Black Lives. She is from Tampa, FL and is an alumna of The University of South Florida.

Mr. Smith, a native of Columbus, MS, is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., as well as an American Medical Student Association Health Equity Scholar.He aspires to be an anesthesiologist.


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Tags: Diversity , Students

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Ross Duo Voted Co-Chief Residents at Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program

July 24, 2017

Ross alumni Sarah Wolf, MD, and Aaron Tyagi, MD, recently were elected 2017-2018 Co-Chief Residents in Emergency Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU) and Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich.

According to Drs. Wolf and Tyagi, neither of them set out with a deliberate strategy to obtain a chief resident position. They simply wanted to maintain a standard that is worthy of the medical profession.

“Chief Resident is not something I think either of us truly considered or predicted when we started our residency,” says Dr. Tyagi.

“My intention for every shift is purely to show up with the expectation that my colleagues and I are going to provide the best care for each patient,” says Dr. Wolf.

For Dr. Wolf, the commitment to patient care is very personal. During her first year of residency, Dr. Wolf was a full-time caregiver for her mother who was battling stage four cancer.

“Throughout that difficult time, I realized the importance of the doctor-patient-family relationship,” says Dr. Wolf. “Medicine is about far more than just scientific knowledge.”

“From the first day, I wanted to take an active role not only in my resident education but in doing what I could to make residency better for all,” adds Dr. Tyagi when asked to pinpoint reasons why he was elected to the position.”

Dr. Tyagi’s contributions to the residency program include expanding the intern curriculum during his first year and, along with another colleague, beginning a low fidelity simulation program operated by residents. In addition, Dr. Tyagi is a representative of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association and is Chair for the Social Media Committee of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s Resident and Student Association.

The Emergency Medicine residency program at MSU has a two-tiered process to electing chief residents. First, leadership nominates qualified residents who have proven themselves as effective leaders throughout their residency. Once nominated, peer residents vote for the nominee(s) they believe possess the qualities to best represent the collective.

“Being Chief Resident is a great honor but also comes with a fair amount of responsibility that you really cannot appreciate until you are actively in the role,” says Dr. Tyagi.

“I’m excited to utilize this upcoming year to cultivate my leadership skills,” says Dr. Wolf.

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Third Year Medical Student and Blogger Says Ross was the “Best Decision of My Life”

July 18, 2017

Hesham Hassan is the first to say that attending a Caribbean medical school wasn’t on his list of options – pursuing a MD degree abroad simply wasn’t on his radar. However, his wife introduced him to Ross and the more he researched, Hassan realized it was an opportunity he had overlooked.

According to Hassan, two of the biggest reasons he decided to attend Ross was that he didn’t have to delay attending medical school and the university’s residency attainment rates were “appealing”.

Now, in his third year of medical school with a gynecology clinical rotation under his belt, Hassan reflects on his medical school journey at Ross – with his wife and children along for the experience. Read more

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ALUMNI: Ross Alumna is a New Jersey “Top Doc”

July 11, 2017

Ross alumna Nagaeda Jean, MD, FACOG, an obstetrician and gynecologist, is named a 2017 Top Doctor in Montvale, N.J.

According to Top Doctor Awards, the organization specializes in recognizing and commemorating the achievements of today’s most influential and respected doctors in medicine. Dr. Jean’s recognition is based on her education, research contributions, patient reviews, and other quality measures to identify top doctors.

“Using my knowledge to help give my patients the best care and guidance I can, especially my young female patients, is truly gratifying,’ says Dr. Jean. “Also, helping to bring new life into this world is deeply rewarding.”

Practicing for about a decade, Dr. Jean is on staff at Hackensack University Medical Group at Pascack Valley. Her career began at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York where she completed her residency. Dr. Jean graduated from Ross in 2007.

Dr. Jean attributes her successful 10-year career to working hard, treating every patient as if they were a family member and staying humble.

“Ultimately, I would love to have more of a role in education - helping mold the next generation of physicians,” says Dr. Jean when contemplating the next phase of her career.

Dr. Jean is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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