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CAMPUS: White Coat Ceremony Attended by President of Dominica

January 25, 2016

On January 15, 2016, the class of 2020 participated in the White Coat Ceremony, a time-honored tradition at RUSM.

On January 15, 2016, the class of 2020 participated in the White Coat Ceremony, a time-honored tradition at RUSM.

The first week of classes each semester at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) culminates in the traditional White Coat ceremony for new students, as it did for the class of 2020 on January 15, 2016. “It is always a wonderful event,” said RUSM”s Dean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty, M.D. “We were privileged to have in attendance His Excellency, Mr. Charles Savarin, the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Mrs. Savarin.” Representing the prime minister was the Hon. Robert Tonge. Faculty members did the honors of donning and pinning the students. 

One of the highlights of the ceremony is the keynote speaker, chosen from the ranks of RUSM alumni members; someone who is established in his or her career. The students are mesmerized by the person who so recently sat where they are sitting, and serves as the embodiment of their fervent aspirations. Invariably, the message is, “I made it. So can you.”

January’s speaker was Dr. Jason Lester, an emergency medicine physician. He was accompanied to the event by his wife, Dr. Ixsy Ramirez, a pediatric pulmonologist who was the RUSM White Coat speaker in 2013. They met on campus when they were medical students and both went on to graduate in 2006. Then they successfully went through the couples’ match together and began residency training. The proud parents of two children, they will soon celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary.

“Cloaking of the white coat is now considered a rite of passage,” Dr. Lester said. “The white coat is a symbol of your drive and dedication to the field of medicine.”
 

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RESIDENCY: Article in Top Medical Journal Concludes Residency Squeeze Is Unlikely

January 21, 2016

 
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Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, dean and chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine, shares his views on a recent New England Journal of Medicine article that questions the idea of a residency cliff.

This blog entry was written by Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, dean and chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). It is in response to a November article from the New England Journal of Medicine, titled "Why a GME Squeeze Is Unlikely."

Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, writes in the November 4, 2015 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine that, assuming the continuation of current trends in both US medical school growth and residency growth, a decade from now the number of first-year residency positions (34,000) will still outnumber the number of job-seeking US medical school graduates (29,500) by about 4,500. With graduate supply growing at a rate of 2.4% annually, and residency positions (or graduate medical education) growing at a slightly slower rate of 1.66%, the gap is definitely narrowing.

But it’s not a residency squeeze, as many observers believe. And there certainly is no need to fear a residency cliff.  

RUSM Graduates Positioned to Claim Open Residency Spots

I expect that as this slow tightening occurs, graduates of RUSM will continue to claim a significant number of positions in the Match – competing not only for the surplus of positions unfilled by US medical school graduates, but for every available position. One reason is our track record: residency program directors know RUSM and have seen how well our graduates perform. In the most recent match, over 800 RUSM graduates earned US residency positions, a record number for our institution*, and achieved an 88% first-attempt residency match rate*. We also saw more than 35 RUSM graduates be named chief resident of their program this fall.

But there are other factors that help prepare our graduates to succeed in The MATCHSM. One is that we prepare them well—not just academically, but for the process of applying to and interviewing with residency programs. This has been a significant focus for our team and we believe it is having a positive impact on our graduates’ competitiveness in the match.

The Real Reason Residency Programs Exist

In “Why a GME Squeeze Is Unlikely,” Dr. Mullan makes a very important point not only about the supply of graduate medical education positions, but about the overall purpose of GME. Residency programs don’t exist to provide each medical school graduate with a pathway into the career of their choice. Rather, they exist to serve the healthcare needs of the country.

Thus, according to Dr. Mullan—and I concur with him—the gap between the number of graduates and number of positions is actually a healthy one. It compels our graduates, and those advising them, to have realistic expectations about what specialty they want to pursue, and encourages a healthy distribution of positions into areas of need, such as family medicine.

RUSM and many regional/community-based schools are responding to this challenge by supplying a significant number of primary care doctors who also later practice in underserved community areas. I am proud that at RUSM we are striking a healthy balance on this front: preparing our brightest and highest-performing graduates to choose any path they wish, while at the same time supplying the US healthcare system with an annual influx of primary care physicians to serve a critical need.

*Institutionally reported data. See hyperlinks for more information.

 

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PROFILE: This Alum, Now a Neurologist, Wouldn’t Take No for an Answer. Good Thing She Didn’t.

January 19, 2016

Perseverance, personality and a little help from her dad. That’s how Amy Jarvis, MD—a 2003 graduate of Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM)—got to where she is now.

Jarvis, a vascular neurologist at the Miami-Dade Neuroscience Institute (MDNI), boils her success down to three things. “Be nice. Be a team player. And persevere like it’s nobody’s business. That’s 9/10ths of the game right there,” says Jarvis, now the medical director of the Primary Stroke Center at North Shore Medical Center in Miami. She’s also a member of the Advanced Neuroscience Network (ANN), an integrated delivery system of medical professionals and hospitals focused on offering a full continuum of neurological care throughout South Florida. Both North Shore and MDNI are members of the network.

Her medical career spans more than a decade—she’s evaluated NFL athletes from the Jacksonville Jaguars for concussion and possible neurological trauma, spoken on behalf of an international pharmaceutical company on stroke and atrial fibrillation, and served as director of stroke for two separate healthcare facilities.

And she isn’t accustomed to backing down from a challenge. So it makes sense that years ago, when someone told her she had no shot of getting into medical school, she didn’t take no for an answer.

They Said Her Admission Chances Were Zero.

When Jarvis decided to make a career change to medicine—she originally came from the commodities sector, brokering coffees and cocoa in locales ranging from London to Cameroon—it didn’t shake her up much when someone gave her a less-than-favorable prognosis on her chances of getting into medical school.

“He told me my chances were zero,” she says, recalling the conversation between her and the proverbial someone—in this case, a family friend who had served on the board of directors for a United States medical school. It didn’t matter that her grades were great, Jarvis was told: she didn’t have any work experience in medicine, save for when she was a teenager working for her father.

“An admissions committee would look at your file, close it, and move on,” this person told her. “You’d spend the next few years applying, and in the meantime, you’d need to get a job in a lab or some kind of trade showing you’re doing more of the sciences.”

A Little Advice from Her Dad

But becoming a physician had always been a dream of hers. Her father was a psychiatrist—she eventually learned that he, too, had always had big dreams of becoming a neurologist, the career route she ultimately took—and Jarvis remembers how excited her father was that she was interested in applying to medical school. She’d grown up in a family that had always been focused on matters of the brain, hence her fascination with neurology.

So she went to him for advice.

“I’d been talking to my dad, and he said ‘You know, Amy, why not apply to an international medical school?’ Some of his friends had gone to foreign medical schools, and they’d come right back to the states,” Jarvis says.

RUSM was one of the medical schools that kept popping up in her research, and—encouraged by the school’s academic outcomes and the quick response time after she submitted her application—she ultimately interviewed, enrolled, and started her basic sciences studies on the island of Dominica, where RUSM’s Foundations of Medicine campus is located. After her time in commodities in Africa—a time she refers to as “interesting”, with an emphasis on the quotation marks around the word interesting—studying medicine on a tropical island didn’t faze her.

Her studies went smoothly, but during her time in Dominica, her father passed away.

A faculty member there had Jarvis brought to his office after it happened, and encouraged her to take a leave of absence.

“He was the nicest, nicest gentleman. I got incredible support from him,” she says. “But on the leave of absence, I said no—my father wouldn’t want me to do that. He’d want me to pour myself into things to continue.”

“My father had been so excited when I went back to medical school,” she added. “So he was there with me.”

“I’m Where I Want to Be”

Jarvis went on to earn her first-choice residency in neurology at Georgetown University, Washington DC, followed up by a fellowship in vascular neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.

“I was thrilled [to get the Emory fellowship],” she says. “There were only two open spots, and most of the time they usually draw from within. I knew they’d had a fabulous stroke program—at the time, the people there were major, major players in the stroke world.”

These days at North Shore, she’s tasked with—among many other things, including treating stroke patients—taking the hospital to the next level in terms of overall stroke care. This means developing the hospital’s continuum of stroke care to the point where it earns certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Primary Stroke Centers treat most cases of ischemic stroke (blood vessel blockages); comprehensive centers, though, treat all types of stroke, and offer interventional treatments that Primary Centers don’t.

“I’m where I want to be,” she says. “To me, the brain is like the final frontier. There’s so much we don’t know about this organ—it encompasses everything, from neurology, to hardcore neurological aspects of disease, to psychiatry. And those two things—neurology and psychiatry—are moving much closer together as we learn more about the brain. Some of the stuff that’s going on is amazing.”

It’s All About Doing What You Love

And her expertise and knowledge are in demand. Just months ago, she sat down with a reporter from STAT, a national health-and-medicine publication produced by Boston Globe Media, to discuss concussions in NFL athletes in her capacity as a neurologist. She doesn’t evaluate NFL athletes anymore—she did that from 2013 to 2015—but the STAT writer, Robert Tedeschi, came across her name and wanted to ask her take on some recent concussion-related issues that have been popping up in the news lately. (Read the STAT piece that features Jarvis here.)

As a seasoned physician, Jarvis says that it’s important to find balance after graduating from medical school. “After you get out of residency and fellowship, you’re all about work and are used to being on call,” Jarvis says. She had to learn, very quickly, how to say no, to set boundaries. “Once I found that limit, that boundary, my comfort zone, then I was good,” she says. It’s a good thing she found that comfort zone, too: She’s got her hands full balancing a full-time medical career with a family, including a 6-year-old son at home.

But in the end? The best way to sum things up for Jarvis is something she realized when she started taking pre-med classes, way back when she made her career change to medicine.

“I loved it!” she says. “And you have to follow what you love.”

Want to hear more from Dr. Jarvis? She recently wrote a blog post about concussion that was published on the Tenet Florida Physician Services website. Check it out here.

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CLINICALS: Take an Extended Look at Our BQNJ Clinical Track

January 19, 2016

Our clinical sciences curriculum is stronger than ever, in large part because all clinical students complete their clinical rotations in our "tracked" clinical programs. This means that as a Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) clinical student, you'll do all six of your core rotations within the same geographic area—and in some tracks, at the same hospital.

Let's take a closer look at one of our tracks. This one, called the BQNJ track (Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey), is on the East Coast and gives RUSM students the opportunity to complete rotations at three major area hospitals in the New York metropolitan area: Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY), Hoboken University Medical Center (Hoboken, NJ) and St. John's Episcopal Hospital (Far Rockaway, NY).

Detailed Look: Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (Brookdale) is one of Brooklyn's largest voluntary nonprofit teaching hospitals and a regional tertiary care center. Brookdale provides general and specialized inpatient care to thousands of people every year. It provides 24-hour emergency services, numerous outpatient programs and long-term specialty care.

RUSM clinical students can complete their internal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics cores at Brookdale.

Brookdale at a Glance

  • One of Brooklyn's largest full-service Emergency Departments (ED)
  • 530-bed not-for-profit teaching hospital
  • Home to a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory featuring high-tech imaging equipment
  • A regionally recognized Level I Trauma Center
  • A New York State Department of Health-designated Stroke Center
  • Brookdale's Schulman and Scachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation specializes in rehabilitative medicine and long-term specialty care
  • Pediatric department provides a wide range of services for children from birth to adolescence, as well as a pediatric sleep center for children with sleep disorders and comprehensive pediatric oncology and sickle cell disease divisions

Detailed Look: Hoboken University Medical Center

Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) provides advanced medical technologies in support of its medical staff, nursing team, and other caregivers, to enable quality care to citizens of Hoboken and the surrounding communities.

RUSM clinical students can complete their family medicine cores at HUMC.

HUMC at a Glance

  • A 333-bed hospital with a 34-bay ED
  • Has been awarded the Silver Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association for dedication to improving quality of care for stroke patients
  • Was ranked in the top ten in for care quality among all hospitals in the state of New Jersey with 350 beds or fewer
  • Features a dedicated OB/GYN ED
  • Specialties include inpatient rehabilitation, transitional care, and child/adult behavioral health
  • Includes divisions for women's care, wound care, and numerous surgical subspecialties

Detailed Look: St. John's Episcopal Hospital

St. John's Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) serves the entirety of the Rockaway and Five Towns communities in New York.

RUSM clinical students can complete their OB/GYN and psychiatry cores at SJEH.

SJEH at a Glance

  • SJEH's Department of Psychiatry provides the community with comprehensive psychiatric and mental health care services
  • Psychiatry services include a wide range of inpatient and outpatient programs for short- and long-term needs for all ages
  • Offers two dedicated inpatient units for admitted psychiatric patients, each with a chief psychiatrist, a dedicated psychiatrist, and a staff of nurses, psychologists, and social workers
  • Includes 18 beds for general psych unit, and 25 beds primarily for geriatric patients
  • SJEH's OB/GYN Department provides comprehensive care for women of all ages
  • OB/GYN services includes well-woman visits and screenings, routine and high-risk obstetrics, reproductive endocrinology/infertility services, minimally invasive surgery, and gynecological oncology

Program ACGME Approvals and Notes About Licensure

  • Brookdale is actively involved as a major teaching hospital, sponsoring Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved programs in internal medicine, surgery and pediatrics.
  • HUMC is actively involved as a major teaching hospital, sponsoring Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved program in family medicine.
  • SJEH is actively involved as a major teaching hospital sponsoring Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved programs in psychiatry.
  • All rotations meet the requirements for the California Business and Professional Code for residency training and licensure.
  • SJEH is a participating hospital under the ACGME-approved program in family medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital. OB/GYN falls under the family medicine umbrella.
  • Texas requires that rotations be completed at a hospital where a residency program is in place for that specialty (either ACGME or AOA). Internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and family medicine meet this requirement. Ultimately, RUSM graduates can obtain licensure in Texas after completion of an ACGME-approved residency program and obtaining board certification in that specialty.

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INSIDE LOOK: RUSM Students and the USNS Comfort Medical Mission

January 13, 2016

 RUSM students on Comfort mission

In July 2015, the US Navy visited Dominica for an important medical mission, and many of our students were able to volunteer and help with this far-reaching humanitarian initiative. They shadowed Navy physicians, observed surgeries close up, and more—some even learned how to do medical procedures during their time alongside Navy doctors. It was all part of the USNS Comfort medical mission: something many students called a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get some valuable clinical experience early in their medical careers.

Get an inside look at this unique student experience with our new Comfort microsite. Read student stories, learn about the mission, and find out what it was like for the students to really get a firsthand look at how medicine is practiced on a global scale.

Take an extended look at the Comfort experience here.

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CAREERS: New Jersey Physician Workforce Gets Big Boost from RUSM

January 06, 2016

A new article in the Newark Star-Ledger, the flagship newspaper of the state of New Jersey, reports that doctors from international medical schools comprise over 38% of the Garden State’s physician workforce. This is the highest percentage of international medical graduates (IMGs) in the U.S., ranking just ahead of New York and Florida.* 

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has been a mainstay in the New York City metro area for nearly 40 years, and annually admits and graduates students from the area. Over the last five years, RUSM graduates have attained over 200 residency positions in New Jersey alone, providing an additional boost to the state’s physician ranks along with the state’s local medical schools.

“Many Ross University School of Medicine students call New Jersey home and choose to return to the state to complete their residency training,” said Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, dean and chancellor of RUSM, in the article.

Check out the article here.

*These data, and much more information on the makeup of the United States physician workforce, are available in the 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book, a publication of the Center for Workforce Studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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ALUMNI NEWS: RUSM Grads Open Internal Medicine Practice

January 05, 2016

Narbeh Tovmassian, MD and Garen Derhartunian, MD, RUSM grads
Garen Derhartunian, MD (above, from left) and Narbeh Tovmassian, MD, recently opened a new internal medicine practice in Glendale, CA. They graduated from RUSM in 2012.

Congratulations to both Narbeh Tovmassian, MD and Garen Derhartunian, MD (both from the RUSM class of 2012). This past November, the pair opened Elevate Health Group, a new internal medicine practice in Glendale, CA—where they both attended elementary, middle, and high school together.

“It’s been a lifelong goal to come back and serve the community that taught us all that we know,” says Dr. Tovmassian. “Ross University School of Medicine gave us that opportunity to do so.”

Dr. Tovmassian completed an internal medicine residency at University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas; Dr. Derhartunian completed his at NYU Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn. Both physicians are board certified.

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Q&A: January 2016 White Coat Speaker's Interesting Path to Practice

January 05, 2016

Jason Lester, MD, RUSM Class of 2016, is the White Coat SpeakerOn January 15, 2016, Emergency Medicine Physician Jason Lester, MD, (RUSM ‘06) will be the guest speaker at the RUSM White Coat Ceremony for new students on the Dominica campus.

(Get more background on RUSM's White Coat Ceremony here.)

He took a somewhat circuitous route to becoming a physician. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Riverside, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. But then he went on to work for two years as a manager in engineering design and a project manager at SBC/Pacific Bell before enrolling in Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). After graduation from RUSM, Dr. Lester completed his residency in emergency medicine at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Currently he is the attending physician, Department of Emergency Medicine and assistant medical director, Department of Emergency Medicine at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Lester recently spoke about his journey to becoming a physician. Here are some excerpts from that conversation:

Q: When did you decide to pursue a career in emergency medicine, and why?

A: I knew I wanted a career in medicine that had a bit more energy and excitement, along with a chance to use some of my mechanical skills, so I gravitated towards orthopedics and EM. After doing some rotations and looking at lifestyles of the two, I felt EM was the best choice and have not turned back since. I love the constant change and never knowing what is next, coupled with getting to go home and really not having to take my work home with me. It gives me good work/life separation. 

Q: You began another career before enrolling in medical school. What made you switch?
     
A: I have always wanted to be a physician, but unfortunately was not accepted the first time around. I was the first person to go to college from my family and my guidance was poor. I took a stepping-stone job as an engineer and did have some great life experiences during that time. However I was not happy with that career style and went back to my first passion.

Q: Tell me more about being a competitive watercraft racer. How exciting!
   
A: I love all watersports, but when I was 12 I fell in love with jet skiing. When I turned 14, I joined the local race circuit and over the years developed many friendships and sponsors and was racing on the professional level the last three years before heading to RUSM. Those years were very memorable; we had a race team of five, we all traveled together and we were all like family, and had about a dozen sponsors! My teammate was national champion. In my last year of full competition I was Western Regional Champion (the western part of the US) and ranked number 9 in the world in my class. Every year I think of getting back into it, and this year may be the year

Q: What made you choose RUSM?

A: When I made the decision to leave the engineering field and go back to attempt medical school, I looked at both US allopathic and osteopathic schools, and then at Caribbean schools. US allopathic is always tough, and I was not feeling the osteopathic side. I felt RUSM was the most “US-like.” I have zero regrets about my choice and see tons of RUSM students rotate and succeed with the programs I work at and have worked at.

Q: What was your experience like in Dominica? Have you been back to the island since you completed your studies? If so, what are your impressions of the changes?

A: My experience was amazing. Being the adventurous type I enjoyed all the aspects the island had to offer, from the waterfalls, to hiking and I even got my scuba certification. I have been back to the island since finishing 4th semester three times and being invited to be the White Coat speaker will be the fourth time. I have enjoyed seeing the evolution and advancement of the local area. I was very excited to see how advanced the Emergency Center had become, and was truly impressed. RUSM has done and will continue to do an amazing job.

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VIEWPOINT: The Top 7 Survival Skills Medical Students Need to Succeed

January 04, 2016

Dean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, chats with Vijay Rajput, MD, Professor and Chairman of Medicine and Medical Director, Office for Student Professional Development. Check out their top seven survival skills for medical school below.

Vijay Rajput, MD, professor and chairman of medicineDean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty, MD
Dean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty, MD (left) chatted recently with Vijay Rajput, MD (right), Professor and Chairman of Medicine and Medical Director, Office for Student Professional Development, about tips to help students make the most of their medical school experience.

What skills do students need in order to do well in medical school, particularly during the basic sciences part of the program? This is a question that prospective and current students may ask as they ponder whether they have what it takes to succeed on the arduous journey to becoming a physician. I had a conversation on this topic recently with Dr. Vijay Rajput. Here are some excerpts from that discussion:

FLAHERTY: There are different types of skills; life skills, coping skills, generic skills, skills you can learn and some that are relatively fixed that can be improved on. To get through medical school students need to build and maintain social networks and to have two strong support systems –one is family and the other consists of mentors, colleagues, friends and acquaintances. It’s good to assess who’s in your network. Who do you call if, hypothetically, you need $10 or if you have a problem with a relationship?

RAJPUT: People in their twenties need to understand the value of family ties. They need to phone home, go home, and get recharged by those who have seen them succeed in the past and believe in their future. On the Dominica campus students should not be so focused on their studies that they postpone having a social life. They should be open to the possibility of beginning a relationship and not be held back by the fear that their studies will suffer. 

Learn the right survival skills for medical schoolFLAHERTY: Students need to develop study habits that work for them. Some learn by listening, some are visual, some take notes, and some learn by telling others.

RAJPUT: They need to create individualized learning methods to achieve standardized optimal outcomes. They should study to learn, not to memorize.

FLAHERTY: Time management is important. You can’t binge-study and make it work. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. There are limited effects to all-nighters. Maybe in high school or college you could do it, but not in medical school. There’s too much to learn and too much knowledge to integrate. Pace yourself.

RAJPUT: There’s no point studying 12 to 14 hours, because your brain cannot take it. Ideally, the number of hours you study should equal the number of hours you sleep. Your brain is like a computer. Only when you sleep does the information you studied get stored on the hard drive of the brain. Don’t deprive yourself of sleep.

FLAHERTY: You have to get enough sleep. Only when you get to stage-4 sleep can you store memory. Know your cycles. And find out where you study best. Some like to be in study rooms with others, some like to be in their own room. Make sure the significant part of your study time is by yourself. You can have a study group for a couple of hours to review something, and that can enhance your learning.

RAJPUT: Showing up and being on time, whether it’s going to class or to the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are key. Some students say they just don’t learn in the classroom. At least try it. See if it works. And when you get an invitation to CTL, you show up. Then you work hard. There’s no excuse, no choice, no alternative – in medical school you have to work hard. That does not mean you jeopardize the balance between your work and social life.

FLAHERTY: Emotional states can enhance or depress learning. Beware: certain emotional, cognitive states will depress learning. Reducing stress can help. What can you do to reduce your stress level? Call a friend, talk to people, log on to Facebook, exercise, go to the gym, listen to music – whatever works. It helps to stay healthy, and good nutrition is critical.

RAJPUT: Nutritious comfort food can also play a big role.

To recap, here are the top seven survival skills medical students need to succeed:

  1. Build and maintain social networks.
  2. Develop study habits that work for you.
  3. Learn to manage your time.
  4. Get enough sleep.
  5. Show up and be on time.
  6. Work hard.
  7. Learn to reduce stress.

Note from Dean Flaherty: An additional set of skills is needed in the clinical years of the medical school program. Dr. Rajput and I will have a conversation about that topic in an upcoming blog.

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RECORDED VIDEO: January 2016 White Coat Ceremony

January 04, 2016

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) held the White Coat Ceremony for the winter 2016 class on Friday, Jan. 15. We recorded the event for those who weren't able to attend or watch live.

Check out the recording here.

Jason Lester, MD, RUSM Class of 2016, is the White Coat SpeakerFeatured Speaker: Jason Lester, MD (Class of 2006), Emergency Medicine Physician

Emergency Medicine Physician Jason Lester, MD, (RUSM ‘06) was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Currently, he is the attending physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, and assistant medical director, Department of Emergency Medicine, at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Read a comprehensive Q&A with Dr. Lester on our blog. 

Recorded Video for the Jan. 15 White Coat Ceremony

Watch the recorded video of the White Coat Ceremony here.

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