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RUSM Graduate Obtains Dream Residency Position at Hometown Hospital

April 21, 2014

From birth to residency, two major milestones are now forever connected for RUSM graduate Elizabeth Midney. This July, Midney will begin an inaugural residency program in Family Practice Medicine at the hospital where she was born 27 years ago - Lee Memorial Hospital in Florida. According to a local newspaper article, Midney was one of the top 10 candidates the hospital had identified to fill their residency positions.

Midney expressed that she sees her role as addressing a need in Immokalee, FL as she states there is a “doctor shortage.”

Tags: Alumni , Residency , Florida

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Getting Everyone on Track - From Peter Goetz, Vice Dean of Administration

April 07, 2014

There are some students at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) who want the opportunity to move around the U.S. and complete their core rotations at various hospitals, large and small, in rural and urban settings. Still, most of our students prefer to complete tracked core rotations, if not all at one hospital, then in the same geographic area.

We are striving to provide tracked rotations for each and every student and, in the not-so-distant future we hope to achieve this goal. We believe that students should be concentrating on their studies, not worrying about the outside distractions that come with moving repeatedly, having to find a place to live, and having to learn the system at a new hospital.

How does it work? Students who are eligible will receive an application and may choose and rank their preferences and note any extenuating circumstances. The decision is made by RUSM’s clinical leaders, and is based on a number of factors, including requirements to which hospitals and RUSM have mutually agreed.

We also continually strive to have enough fourth-year electives in our inventory to provide students with robust choices, specifically those that are stand-alone Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) electives. While some of our students wish to find electives on their own, at hospitals that offer spots to visiting students, we want to provide enough ACGME opportunities so that students can be scheduled for their entire fourth year.

Additionally, RUSM has expanded international opportunities for clinical students by adding new elective rotations in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Honduras and the Himalayas.

At RUSM we know how important this is to our students, and it is vitally important to all of us.

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Pharmacology Professor Julienne M. Turnbull, PhD to Retire after 21 Years at RUSM

April 05, 2014

“I felt the time had come to seek new pastures,” said Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) pharmacology professor Julienne M. Turnbull, PhD about her decision to retire last December. For the time being, however, she remains as a visiting professor, “to help out.”

Dr. Turnbull, who joined the faculty of RUSM in 1993, described a conversation she had with the institution’s founder. “I spoke to Dr. Ross and he said he wants to give an opportunity to people who have a real passion to study medicine,” she related. “I was drawn to that. The depth of motivation of the students impressed me. I’ve enjoyed my time teaching at Ross.”

RUSM’s Senior Associate Dean, Wm. Lynn Weaver, MD, FACS, commented, “I first encountered Dr. Turnbull not long after I had arrived on island. My initial thoughts were I have just met the most joyous, likable, enthusiastic, optimistic whirlwind I have ever seen. She is that rare person who lives as she believes, and strives to help all who come into her orbit. People like her are rare, teachers like her are even rarer. I, like our students, will miss her positive attitude and I wish her the best for she has given her best.”

After 21 years of living on the island, Dr. Turnbull said, “I have a lot to thank Dominica for.” She is an avid birdwatcher, a member of the Anglican Church, and very involved with the Northern District Home for the Aged, on whose board she sits. She noted that the medical school faculty and some student groups give their time to visit and help the elderly residents, three of whom are centenarians. 

Her two sons and new grandson live in London, where Dr. Turnbull has a “tiny, 170 year-old terraced house” that she calls home. “It has the original roof of Welsh slate, with the beautiful tiles that are falling off. The bricks are lovely, dark red. There are fireplaces in every room.” She added that, “The inside has been modernized.”

Dr. Turnbull earned a PhD in biochemistry at the University of London and pursued a career in research and medical education.  She has taught in London, New York, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During vacations she visited other countries, bird-watching around the world.

“I shall miss all sorts of things,” she said about leaving Dominica. One of the things from which she benefited most, she said, is the people’s “celebratory attitude.”

Tags: Faculty , Dominica

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