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VIDEO: Ross 2017 Graduation Ceremony

May 25, 2017

Congratulations Ross Class of 2017!

 

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NEWS: Ross Graduation Ceremony May 20, Live Feed on Facebook

May 18, 2017

Ross graduates from the Class of 2016.

Ross graduates from the Class of 2016.

For the Class of 2017, the final destination of their medical school journey at Ross will be the commencement ceremony May 20 at the University of Miami's Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla. There will be a live stream of the event on the Ross Facebook page or Ustream beginning at 9 a.m.
 
As hundreds donned in cap and gown anxiously await the start of the processional, there undoubtedly will be many envisioning the first day of their residency program in which most are set to begin just weeks away. Internal Medicine and Family Medicine are again the top two specialties in which many of the newly minted Ross graduates earned residency positions. However, recent Ross graduates also matched through the National Resident Matching Program® in anesthesiology, neurology, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, urology, radiation oncology and in a rare pediatric-emergency program, to name a few.
 
Whether returning to their hometowns or beginning careers in new regions, the Class of 2017 will have a presence throughout the United States, joining the more than 13,000 existing Ross alumni. Some of the residency programs earned by the latest cohort of graduates are offered by the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in AZ; Brown University Alpert Medical School in RI; MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center/National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC; University of Texas Medical School in Houston; and Tulane University School of Medicine in LA.
 
Highlights of the graduation ceremony include remarks by Ross alumnus Sandor Toledo, MD, and a keynote address by Dave Barry, Miami Herald columnist and best-selling author:
 
Sandor Toledo, MD, (Class of 2017) will begin a general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut Health System.
 
Toledo is a military veteran who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school. Sandor spent seven years in the Marines and attained the rank of Sergeant. He then went on to pursue higher education, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University (FIU), with majors in biochemistry and psychology, both through the FIU Honors College. He later obtained a master's degree in business administration at FIU while simultaneously enrolled at Ross.
 
Sandor has held several leadership positions at Ross including Exam Representative, Class Representative, and Student Government Association President. He co-founded the Ross University Veteran's Club and First Pass Effect, a local school rock band.
 
He is also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of El Carne Express, a Cuban restaurant and food truck. Sandor continues to serve in the military active reserves as a percussionist and guitarist in the 13th Army Band. 
 
Pulitzer-Prize winner Dave Barry is a syndicated Miami Herald humor columnist and best-selling author. His columns have appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. He has written a total of 30 books. Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom Dave's World, starring Harry Anderson. He also plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom.
 
Barry is an entertaining personality who takes on the most difficult issues of our times, yet leaves his readers and audiences laughing. His recent books include Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is much Faster), You Can Date Boys When you’re Forty, Insane City, and I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.
 

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VIDEO: Alumna Recounts Her Road to a Triple Board Residency

May 17, 2017

 

Myrline Rose Belzince talks with Ross at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Belzince is set to begin a triple board residency at Tulane University School of Medicine. After successfully completing the five-year program she will be board-eligible in pediatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, and adult psychiatry. Read more about Belzince's story.

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ALUMNI: Alumna Named EVP at Nonprofit that Serves Mentally Ill and Substance Users

May 10, 2017

Ross alumna Sharyn Comeau, MD, was recently appointed Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monarch, a statewide nonprofit that provides support and empowers people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use issues.

The newly created leadership role will ensure that all medical administrative processes for Monarch’s behavioral health locations across North Carolina meet the ever-evolving healthcare standards and provide excellent care for the people Monarch supports.

“Dr. Comeau has truly excelled over the three years she served as a psychiatrist at our Charlotte behavioral health office. She brings a wealth of knowledge and over 21 years of experience to this new role,” said Monarch CEO, Dr. Peggy Terhune. 

As Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Comeau will be responsible for providing medical leadership at the community and state level, as well as internally at Monarch. As part of Monarch’s strategic plan, she also will help the organization foster positive relationships with local stakeholders, legislators, potential donors, and physician groups as it relates to behavioral health services.

“I’m elated to be part of Monarch’s leadership team and be a driving force to addressing the wide range of community behavioral health needs. As Monarch continues to grow and the healthcare industry becomes more complex, I’m excited to be part of the team that will ensure that our offices are offering treatment of the highest medical standards,” said Dr. Comeau.

Dr. Comeau is certified by the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition to her medical degree earned at Ross, she completed her medical training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University and in general psychiatry at the University of Connecticut/Institute of Living. She also holds a Master of Arts from New York University and a Bachelor of Science from Pace University.

Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The company has earned Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation with Distinction by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) – and is among a small and elite group worldwide to receive this designation. Monarch is certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA) and operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States.
 

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CAMPUS: Watch the Livestream of the White Coat Ceremony in Dominica on May 12

May 07, 2017

The tradition at Ross University School of Medicine is to invite one of our alumni to be the featured speaker at each White Coat ceremony. The donning of the white coat marks the transition of this cohort of men and women from students to student doctors. For the May 12 event, Dr. Giuliano De Portu (Ross ‘09) will share his inspiring story. Watch the livestream from the Dominica campus at mediasite.rossmed.edu.dm/webcast. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EST, and the livestream will be available from 1:30 p.m. EST.

Dr. De Portu is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Ultrasound, and Assistant Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Program Director of the Medical Student Ultrasound Curriculum at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. Before following his passion for medicine, he had a career as a photojournalist.

Co-author of a textbook, Emergency Medicine Procedures, several book chapters and eight peer-reviewed articles, Dr. De Portu has also delivered numerous presentations. He is the recipient of University of Florida College of Medicine - Exemplary Teachers Award for 2015-2016 Academic Year, and many other awards and honors. He and his wife are the proud parents of a young son, Giuliano.
 

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