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Medical Education Readiness Program has new US and Canada locations

January 28, 2014

Starting with the January 2014 MERP class, the Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP) is hosted in Miramar, Florida, just a few minutes north of Miami, and convenient to airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Also, starting with the April 2014 session, students from Canada can attend the program via videoconference at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

MERP is a 15-week medical school preparatory program offered to students who have been granted conditional acceptance to Ross University School of Medicine. MERP's dual mission is to provide students from diverse backgrounds with additional academic preparation to foster their success in medical school, and to help determine the readiness of these students to meet the demands of a fast-paced and rigorous medical school curriculum like the one at Ross.
 

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Dr. Justin Bogwu, family medicine physician, joins Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Texas

January 27, 2014

Dr. Justin Bogwu (RUSM ‘09) has joined Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Northeast Houston. He completed his residency with San Jacinto Methodist Hospital Family Medicine where he served as chief resident. His special interests include preventive medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Bogwu is Board-certified in family medicine.

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An Update on the Medical School's Campus Development Project

January 24, 2014

“A milestone has been reached in the construction of the new 47,500-square-foot student center on the Ross University School of Medicine’s (RUSM) Dominica campus”, said Eddie C. McDuffie, director of site development in the DeVry Education Group’s real estate and facilities department. “We had to prepare a suitable foundation,” he explained, which entailed “a huge excavation of the entire footprint of the building, plus a perimeter, hauling off the dirt, and replacing it with engineered fill made of volcanic rock local to a few islands in the area.” He estimated that the project would be complete in about 17 months, in the summer of 2015. The center will be the most prominent building on campus, housing a library, study space and other rooms for teaching and learning, a vendor-based food court, and more. He noted that it is RUSM’s policy to engage local contractors for campus construction projects whenever possible.

In addition to this major construction project, there have been several other significant improvements to the facilities on campus recently, according to Ryan Didier, Executive Administrator. “There are four new ICM (Introduction to Clinical Medicine) lab rooms, furnished like a doctor’s exam room, where students learn to interact with standardized patients.” Each is equipped with a camera to record students’ performances.

“We also created a new, larger family lounge, remodeled the day school, adding three new classrooms and built a gazebo with a covered picnic area,” Didier said. “This is an enhanced, family-friendly space on campus, so that there will be no infringement on our students’ space.” He added that a sound wall was built to reduce the noise created by the new back-up generator that was recently installed, and two new tennis courts and a basketball court are also under construction, as is the 250-thousand-gallon back-up water tank.

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RUSM Welcomes New Class of Medical Students with White Coat Ceremony

January 17, 2014

Dr. Sherri D. Onyiego

Dr. Sherri D. Onyiego

The keynote address was delivered by RUSM alumna, Sherri D. Onyiego, MD, PhD., FAAFP, AAHIVS, who graduated in 2005. Since 2009, Dr. Onyiego has served as an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Currently she is the Medical Director of the San Jose Clinic in Houston, Texas. She is also a provider for the Harris Health System's Thomas Street Health Center, a freestanding comprehensive HIV/AIDS clinic. In addition she serves as a preceptor to medical students, residents, and nurse practitioners.

Touring the RUSM campus with her husband, Leonid, and their children Gabriel, 4, and Grace, 2, Dr. Onyiego said she was impressed with the advances that have been made since she was a student. She noted the technological developments in the expanded Simulation Institute and the anatomy facility with its medical imaging.

Read more about Dr. Onyiego.

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Student Government Association Club Fair is a Huge Hit

January 15, 2014

With about 40 clubs and organizations to choose from, medical students at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) had an opportunity to learn about all of them at the Student Government Association’s Club Fair on January 15. The CAC building was packed with interested students who roamed from one information table to another, listening to representatives of the clubs.

RUSM Dean Joseph Flaherty, MD stopped by the event and chatted with many of the attendees and presenters, including the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, whose members wore distinctive purple tee shirts.

There are clubs to cater to every type of interest, whether professional, personal, or cultural. For example, there are clubs for family medicine, pediatrics, ob-gyn and more; for dance, wellness, and vegetarianism; and for Canadians and Africans, to name a few.

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Dr. Jeffrey Lester promotes preventive medicine in his practice

January 02, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Lester (RUSM ‘04), a newly appointed general internist at Tampa General Hospital, was featured in The Tampa Tribune. Dr. Lester joined the hospital’s new center in Sun City Center, which opened in October. Lester currently is the only physician at the Sun City Center office, although another doctor is expected to join the practice this spring.

“The idea is to provide preventive medical care for residents in the area so they don’t end up in the emergency room,” said Lester in the article. “That’s my specialty. I eat, drink and breathe prevention.”

Dr. Lester grew up in Clearwater and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Florida (USF). He turned to medicine after earlier considering a career as a stock broker. He earned a degree in chemistry from USF before enrolling at RUSM. He began his residency in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa and was board certified in 2007. He then completed his training in medical genetics at the University of Miami in 2009 and after spent three years with the National Health Service Corps, treating low-income, indigent patients in Baltimore.

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