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ALUMNI: Grad Named Resident of the Month (in Her First Month of Residency!)

October 27, 2016

Alumna Jackline Grace was named Resident of the Month in the first month of her family medicine residency at San Joaquin General Hospital in California.

Alumna Jackline Grace was named Resident of the Month in the first month of her family medicine residency at San Joaquin General Hospital in California.

During her first month of residency at San Joaquin General Hospital in California, Ross University School of Medicine alumna Jackline Grace was awarded a certificate of recognition and was named Resident of the Month in the Family Medicine Residency Program in August.

Jackline chose Family Medicine because, she said, “During my family medicine rotation, I enjoyed seeing the miracle of life in my pregnant patients, delighted in the laughter of children and the wisdom in my geriatric patients. I was fortunate to interact with different populations of people, those with and those without health insurance, realizing that I had become an advocate for providing access to health care.”

Congratulations, Dr. Grace!

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FACULTY: Dr. Ann Gillett-Elrington Shares her Research Internationally

October 14, 2016

Ross faculty member Dr. Ann Gillett-Elrington

Ross faculty member Dr. Ann Gillett-Elrington

Ross University School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Ann Gillett-Elrington has been very active recently in sharing her exciting research. She is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine on the Dominica Campus. Dr. Gillett-Elrington was a presenter at Research Day on the Dominica campus on September 16, and she presented a poster at the Ross Leadership Conference in Cancun September 22-24.

The theme of the Research Day symposium was “Human factors in healthcare: A systems approach to understand medical errors.” The other Research Day presenters were Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra, Professor of Pathology in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Kathryn M. Kellog, an attending physician in Emergency Medicine, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and a clinical safety scientist, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare. In her lecture, Dr. Gillett-Elrington used her experiences as an OB/GYN to illustrate how medical errors can happen and talked about the responsibility of the health system for patient safety.  She said that system-wide data helps with root-cause analysis, but physicians must also exercise “reflection in action and continuous learning.”

Her poster at the Leadership Conference was titled, “A Comprehensive Proposal to Reduce Preterm Birth Disparities in Detroit, Michigan.” Michigan is a state where African American babies are born prematurely at a disproportionately higher rate as compared to the overall rate. Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. She discussed non-maleficence, or ‘do no harm.’ “That we appreciate the magnitude of the impact of medical errors is imperative,” she said.

Dr. Gillett-Elrington said she saw Leadership Conference as a good opportunity for engagement with colleagues working across different stages of medical education. After one year of teaching at RUSM, she believes students are getting “a world class education at Ross.” She said an awareness of health disparities, like the subject of her poster, and of patient safety are an integral part of Ross's curriculum. It’s critical “for the students to realize that this is not an elective way of behaving. It’s a part of the competencies we want to hone.”
As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Gillett-Elrington earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Emory University. She holds an MD from Wayne State University and a Master’s in Public Health, Policy and Management from Harvard University.  She is a native of Belize. 

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STUDENTS: Top 3 Winners from the Ross Leadership Conference Poster Contest

October 10, 2016

Three Ross University School of Medicine students won the top awards in the poster competition at Ross’ Leadership Conference, held in Cancun September 22-24.

Here are the top three results!

First Place

Elizabeth Capt
Student Perceptions vs. Utilization of Video Recorded Lectures and Other Resources

First-place winner Elizabeth Capt (from left), Dean Joseph Flaherty, and Dr. Alan Bateson

Elizabeth is currently studying in London as part of the United Kingdom and New Jersey clinical track. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.S. in Biology from West Texas A&M University. After completing medical school, she said that she intends to pursue a residency in family medicine. She has a growing interest in medical education research. 

Second Place

Eliza Slama
Use of a Mock Deposition Program to Improve Resident Understanding of the Importance of Documentation

Second-place winner Eliza Slama (from left), Dean Flaherty, and Dr.  Bateson

Eliza is a fourth-year student at Ross. She earned bachelor’s degrees at Florida State University in both biology and Spanish, with a minor in chemistry. She has developed an interest in global health and has participated in mission trips to Peru, India, and the Dominican Republic.

Third Place

Jacob Hayden
Effect of Hospital Intervention on Smoking Cessation 30 Days After Admission for Acute Coronary Syndrome

Third-place winner Jacob Hayden (from left), Dean Flaherty, and Dr.  Bateson

Jacob is a fourth-year student at Ross. He earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Missouri State University, where he was presented with the department’s outstanding thesis/research award and graduated magna cum laude. The research he conducted there has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

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ALUMNI: Surgeon Performs Successful Breast Cancer Operation

October 07, 2016

Photo: Courtesy of The Monett Times

Photo: Courtesy of The Monett Times

Ross Alumnus Armin Kamyab, MD, is featured in The Monett Times for successfully completing a double mastectomy on a Missouri patient who is now cancer-free. Dr. Kamyab's patient noted how she was “impressed” by his care and “comfortable with him from day one.”

Read the full story and note the common warning signs for breast cancer below:

Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer by the American Cancer Society

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. For this reason, it is important to have any new breast mass or lump or breast change checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.  

More Background on Dr. Armin Kamyab, MD

Read this previous story about Dr. Kamyab when he was chief resident in the surgery department at Providence Hospital in Michigan.

Armin Kamyab, MD, a fifth year general surgery resident at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich. deals with stressful situations on a daily basis. As chief resident, he not only manages complex cases, but also has responsibility for helping other surgical residents develop their skills in the operating room. On his most stressful days he draws upon his experience as a medical student at Ross. More



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ALUMNI: One Grad’s Musings on Dominica, Residency, and His 'Amazing' Ross Experience

October 04, 2016

Andrew Medvedovsky, MD (Ross Class of 2008)

Andrew Medvedovsky, MD (Ross Class of 2008)

He was in the midst of clinical rotations and Andrew Medvedovsky (Class of 2008) was still trying to figure out which medical discipline he wanted to pursue for residency—until a chance meeting helped him answer that question.

One day during clinicals, he bumped into a neurologist who asked him to help out with a spinal tap. Intrigued by the specialty, Medvedovsky tried a four-week neurology elective and ended up loving it. Fast-forward nearly a decade and he’s completed a neurology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, plus a fellowship in interventional pain management at the same university. Now, the Brooklyn native is practicing with the New Jersey-based RA Pain Services.

Read below for Medvedovsky’s thoughts on island life, clinicals, residency, and what it really means to be a doctor.

A QUOTE THAT HE LIVES BY: [My fellowship] was directed by an amazing, amazing physician who was my mentor—Dr. [Maged] Hamza—and he was a person that really shaped my career in a lot of ways. One of the things he would always tell me is “Look. If you don’t demand perfection from yourself, nobody else will.” And the fellowship was really intense and very heavy on academics, on procedures, on patient volume, and you had to be perfect. There was no room for error. And it was overwhelming, but I knew if I could get through the fellowship … it would be worth it and would pay off when I’m on my own.

ON CHOOSING ROSS AND PRECONCEPTIONS: I was very nervous about coming to Ross because the preconceived notion was that, if you go to a Caribbean medical school, you’ll have a really hard time getting a residency and other negative beliefs that people have about Caribbean students. So I realized when I came out of Ross and started my clerkships, and then residency, there’s a lot more to being a doctor than the medical school you graduate … once you’re out there in real-life settings, I think it’s your personality, your compassion, and your work ethic that really takes over and becomes the driving force for your success.

Looking back, I think that at this point in my career I’m lucky I went to Ross. It gave me amazing experience, and has only exposed me to a different culture that I wouldn’t have ever been able to be a part of.

ON HOW MUCH HE LOVED DOMINICA: You’re walking into a school that’s equipped like an American school, and it’s an amazing luxury to be able to SCUBA dive in the morning and go to class in the afternoon, to be able to walk down the beach and then go to [your] apartment, look out the window, and look at a banana tree farm and wild mangoes in the backyard … or wake up Saturday morning, go to the fresh market, and buy a piece of fish they just pulled out of the water. So it’s a phenomenal experience—it’s an experience that you really can't put a price on.

HIS MOST EYE-OPENING ISLAND EXPERIENCE: The one that really sticks out is our experience when we went to [country capital] Roseau to a local hospital to see real life in a Dominica clinic. And it’s unbelievable—the minimal resources that the physicians and patients have. It really puts things into perspective, and it really makes you adaptable to work in various situations and circumstances. Because when you see doctors in action in Dominica doing their best, taking care of patients with whatever they have, and then we come back to the United States where we see a fully equipped hospital, we realize “Wow, there is no reason not to be able to provide patients with the best care and service.”

SOME COMMENTS ON CLINICALS: I did my rotations mostly in New York. Clinical rotations, I think, are a little bit challenging. You’re working with residents, other physicians who are busy … [and when you’re] coming out of the basic sciences where you’re going to class and then going [back to housing], then being in the hospital sometimes up to 80 hours a week as a [clinical] student, it gets extremely tiring. But you get through it. I think being motivated is a big factor in making it a good experience.

A FEW WORDS ON RESIDENCY: I did my neurology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, which was a phenomenal experience. Obviously, neurology is a pretty competitive residency, but I felt comfortable applying for it. I had a genuine interest in it, I was very motivated, and I had very strong letters of recommendation because the neurologists that I worked with really believed in my interest and were willing to support me in my goals.

LIFE IN PRACTICE: My current position is very unique. I’m a physician with a private practice called RA Pain Services. I see patients in the office relating to various head, neck, [and] spine [conditions] and chronic pain. On Mondays, I’m in the hospital doing everything from basic epidural injections, nerve ablations, and spinal cord stimulators to really involved, unique cases. One other thing I do, which I think is pretty unique, is direct a medical marijuana program. So it’s been incredibly interesting to incorporate all of these different things into my practice. I never, ever imagined myself doing any of this stuff.

Editor’s note: interviewed both Medvedovsky and one of his patients about his work with medical marijuana. Read the story here.

HOW THINGS TURNED OUT: I’m amazed with my life. I feel extremely fortunate. I’m amazed at the people that I meet and the ability to affect people’s lives. It’s phenomenal and I thank Ross University and my mentors along the way who have given me the opportunity, and who believed in me.

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