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17th Annual RUSM Leadership Conference Attracts Hundreds

September 30, 2013

Hundreds of participants from all over the U.S., as well as from Dominica and the U.K. attended the 17th Annual Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Leadership Conference held September 26-29. There were separate agendas for clinical faculty members and for hospital coordinators and opportunities for networking and learning during the breakout sessions, lectures, and presentations. Teaching awards were presented, and prizes were given for the best posters.

“Seeing the faculty and administration working together toward a shared goal of improving the student experience was reassuring,” said RUSM student Mandar Jadhav, past president of the Student Government Association, who was invited to attend.

In her opening remarks, conference organizer Dr. Alison Dobbie, RUSM’s senior associate dean of medical education, welcomed everyone, including the student representatives, and noted, “Without our students, not one of us would be here today.”

The focus on students was echoed by Dr. Joseph Flaherty, RUSM’s dean and chancellor, who said, “We’re coming from very disparate backgrounds. We need to get together to recharge, and to rethink what we’re here for – to produce outstanding physicians.”

The 2013 RUSM Teaching Award recipients were: Double Helix Award for Basic Science Teaching, Laura Welke, PhD; Golden Stethoscope Awards for Clinical Teaching – semesters 1-5: Nancy Selfridge, MD and Lori Costello, MD (tied) and semester 6-10: Romeen Lavani, MD.

As chair of the RUSM Leadership Conference Abstract Review Committee, Alan Bateson, PhD, led the committee in selecting the short orals, posters, and lecture that were presented at the event. Attendees voted for the best posters and the winners were: first place --“A Measurable Approach to the Assessment of Professionalism” by Hammel, Gnecco, Keane, Hazen and McIntyre; second place – “Models or Mannequins: What is the Best Way to Teach Pelvic Exams to Medical Students?” by Hazen and Keane; and third place – “Medical Student Involvement in Achieving a Tobacco-Free Campus” by Yagudayev, Abdulhusein, and Gee.

At least one person present had attended all 17 of RUSM’s Leadership Conferences, Dr. Abe Kermani, RUSM clinical chair of psychology. He commented that, “Every year the conference gets better.”
 

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Dr. Stephanie Bantell, family physician, settles in at Iowa family practice

September 25, 2013

Dr. Stephanie Bantell (RUSM ‘09) was the subject of an extensive feature article in the Newton Independent upon joining the Newton Clinic in Iowa. A native of small town Wisconsin, Dr. Bantell knew by the age of 16 that she wanted to become a doctor. She attended the University of New Orleans on a full scholarship and majored in biomedical science. After a month of backpacking in Europe, she enrolled at RUSM, where she said the education program was intense. She matched into the family medicine program at Mercy Health System in Janesville, Wisconsin, less than an hour away from where she grew up. She was then recruited to the clinic in Newton, Iowa. “I love the familial feeling here,” she said in the article. “I know that I can call my fellow doctors at any time to ask questions. The nurses are very attentive. Overall, it’s exactly what I was looking for.”

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Dr. Jaime Martinez, family physician, establishes practice at Sarah Bush Lincoln in Illinois

September 12, 2013

Dr. Jaime Martinez (RUSM ‘09) is the newest physician serving patients in the Charleston, SC area. He recently moved to Charleston with his wife, Nicole Jones-Martinez, who is a psychiatrist. A Chicago native, Dr. Martinez received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. He worked for three years as a medical underwriter for an insurance company before entering medical school. Born to Mexican parents and fluent in Spanish, Dr. Martinez took advantage of an opportunity to begin medical school at UAG School of Medicine in Mexico. After two years, he transferred to Ross University School of Medicine so that he could complete his clinical rotations in the United States. He completed his residency training at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Illinois. Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center is a 128-bed, not-for-profit, regional hospital centrally located in East Central Illinois' Coles County, and is the recipient of the 2011 Illinois Performance Excellence Gold Award for Achievement of Excellence, the highest performance honors in the state.

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Thirty Days at Ross - Post from Dr. Wm Lynn Weaver

September 12, 2013

I have been on campus as the new Senior Associate Dean of Ross University School of Medicine (Ross) on the Dominica Campus for approximately 30 days and I would like to share some impressions and expectations. First I am very proud to join the Ross community and serve as its leader on Dominica. I also believe that with great privilege comes great responsibility to our students, faculty, staff, and to Dominica. To that end, I will be placing emphasis on two initiatives: “Professionalism” and a “Healthy School” environment. Professionalism has to do with faculty members modeling that behavior for our students. A healthy campus means we have to be careful about security, alcohol and drugs, which are issues on every campus in the world. More details about these initiatives will follow in later communiques. In the meantime please remember at all times that you represent Ross University School of Medicine.

A recent event revealed to me that I am in a great place and that I am lucky to be a part of this institution. I was impressed by the White Coat Ceremony, which was outstanding in planning and execution, with every part of the university, from housekeeping, facilities, staff, and security shining brightly for our first semester students, their families and friends. The participation of our faculty at all levels was above what might have been expected, which demonstrated to me a true commitment to the success of our students. Moreover, I was gratified to hear the positive comments of parents, and those of our guests from the Dominican government.

Finally, I want to say thanks to all the unsung heroes who may think this email does not refer to them. Let me assure you that it does. We are all part of this incredible entity called ROSS and it takes all of us to move in a positive direction. Remember, no one is invisible, we all count.

William Lynn Weaver, MD, FACS, is Senior Associate Dean for RUSM’s Dominica campus.

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Dr. Joan Alvarado, family physician, joins Sarah Bush Lincoln in Illinois

September 10, 2013

Dr. Joan Alvarado (RUSM ‘08) joined the staff of Sarah Bush Lincoln Charleston Family Practice, after completing her residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. She has a special interest in women’s health issues. “I enjoy working with patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, and I enjoy getting to know patients on a more personal level. That’s why I chose family medicine,” she said.

Born in the Phillipines, Dr. Alavado moved with her family to New York City when she was five years old. With many aunts and uncles working in healthcare, having an interest in the medical field was always there, she said. Following high school, she went to College of New Rochelle, New York, on a full-tuition scholarship and received a bachelor of arts in psychology. At RUSM, Dr. Alvarado completed clinical rotations in New York, Chicago, South Miami Beach, Meza, Arizona and Washington, D.C.

While Dr. Alvarado enjoyed living in Chicago during her residency, she is excited to begin her practice in a smaller community. “People stop and talk and are much more open here,” she said. “My philosophy is to help people make healthy decisions within the context of their individual lives; and I’ve found people to be very receptive.”

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Dr. Matthew Plosker, family medicine physician, joins Mansfield Health Center in Massachusetts

September 03, 2013

Dr. Matthew Plosker (RUSM ‘10) has joined the Mansfield Health Center in his native Massachusetts, after completing his residency training in family medicine at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Plosker is a graduate of the University of Tampa, where he studied biology and marine biology, with minors in chemistry and environmental science. He found time to compete and achieve national NCAA ranking in golf. Before entering medical school, he worked as a research scientist with AstraZeneca in Waltham, MA. The Mansfield Health Center, a unit of Sturdy Hospital, provides a wide range of services including routine checkups, preventive health and ongoing maintenance, sick visits, laboratory and X-ray services, as well as a walk-in service for urgent care and treatment of minor injuries.

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