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Meet RUSM Alumna Dr. Sonnad

July 29, 2014

RUSM alum Shantala Sonnad, M.D., was recently named director of Health Quest Urgent Care in Wappingers Falls, NY.  Read the full article in the Poughkeepsie Journal.  

 

Dr. Sonnad followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming a physician. See video to get a closer look into Dr. Sonnad’s background and perspective on providing urgent care.

 

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RUSM Junior Faculty Members Offer Good Advice at Canadian Students’ Society Event

July 24, 2014

“It is especially important for us Canadians to know what to expect after leaving the island for our clinical years,” said Marc Bergeron, PhD, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, and advisor to the Canadian Students’ Society. “Each semester, we have been fortunate enough to have Canadian Junior Faculty share their experiences both in the United States and Canada. Students learn the ins-and-outs of core clerkship and elective rotations, how to apply for the match, strategizing for residency, the sequencing of exams and the reality of going home. It is always an extremely informative session.”

Julia Kulikowski, 24, prime minister of the Canadian Students’ Society, and Stephanie Riviere, 25, deputy prime minister, are in their fourth semester at RUSM. “When I first came to the Club Fair, I remember seeing the giant Canada flag and feeling at home,” said Riviere, a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. “It’s nice having the community here.” The Club Fair, at which about 50 RUSM student groups and organizations staff information tables, is held during orientation. Kulikowski, a native of Burlington, Ontario and a graduate of the University of Guelph, has been a member of the group she now leads since her first semester at RUSM.

The junior faculty members who presented to the Canadian Students’ Society on July 18 were alumnae Magdalene Gyuricska, MD and Ndidi Abara, MD.  For those students who want to obtain a residency in Canada, “If it’s possible for you to do rotations in Canada and to get letters of recommendation from doctors in Canada, that’s always a plus,” advised Dr. Abara.

When it comes to getting a visa for a longer period of time, “Do not come from Dominica to the US; go to Canada and then go to the US from Canada,” suggested Dr. Gyuricska. 

The students, who were treated to a pizza lunch, were very engaged and asked many questions of the presenters.
 

(Photo: Stephanie Riviere, left, and Julia Kulikowski, officers of the Canadian Students’ Society at RUSM.)

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Dr. Laville sees a bright future for students at RUSM

July 18, 2014

Dr. Agnes Laville, a native of Dominica has been a professor at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) since 1998.  She earned her BSc in Biochemistry as well as her PhD at the University of London before going on to the University of Barcelona where she was a research and development scientist for nine years.

She is also RUSM’s Associate Dean of Education focusing on the review of student academic progress and academic policy and she is an academic advisor, working closely with new students. Dr Laville said, “I love working with students and assisting them as they adjust to a new location, a new island, being away from home and adapting to a new culture.”

Dr. Laville participates in information seminars which are designed “to help prepare students for what they are about to find on campus. The seminars provide honest answers to the students’ questions, so as to paint a real picture of what is expected in Dominica.

“RUSM provides opportunities to students, and offers a lot of activities, clubs and organizations to keep them busy; the Student Government Association does a wonderful job,” Dr. Laville said. She added, “There are so many good things going on at RUSM now, with a new health clinic and the construction of a student center.”

Among the honors and awards that Dr. Laville has received during her professional career are the Hoecsht Iberica award in 1994 for the best scientific publication, a Bristol-Myers Squibb award for a scientific project in 1997, and the DeVry PRIDE award for excellence and service to students in 2006.

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RUSM Alumnus Elected to Board of Directors for ASTRO

July 18, 2014

RUSM alum Sameer R. Keole, M.D. (CO ‘99) was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) as vice chair of the Government Relations Council. He served as chair for the same committee since 2011. Dr. Keole is an assistant professor and senior associate consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. More

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