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ALUMNI: Ross Grads Receive Intern of the Year Awards

June 27, 2017


Congratulations to Ross alumni who were recently named "Intern of the Year" at their residency programs. Below is a sample of the awardees: 


Diane Brown, MD

Recognition: Pediatric Intern of the Year
Graduation Year: 2016
Specialty: Pediatrics
Residency Program: Baylor Scott and White in Temple, TX
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota


“I was not expecting the award. Everyone in my program was very deserving. If I had to pinpoint what made me standout, I would attribute it to my work ethic which I learned while a Ross student.”



Karleigh Ryan Curfman, MD

Recognition: Intern of the Year
Graduation Year: 2016
Specialty: General Surgery
Residency Program: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center of Duke LifePoint Healthcare in Johnstown, PA
Hometown: Berwick, PA
Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University


"I attribute this success of my intern year to knowing that becoming a surgeon was my career goal since a teenager. Keeping my goal in mind and realizing how far I have come already since then, I attempt to continue to raise the bar at every level on every single day to make that end goal of becoming a surgeon in my specialty after my residency and fellowship are a reality.  I know the work I put in every day positions me one step closer to my goal and that is what drives me to keep striving and creates my work ethic – along with the never ending encouragement of my family, fiancé, and close friends, their support is a constant reminder of my ultimate plan."


Daniela Matias Feitosa, MD

Recognition: Intern of the Year and Teacher of the Year
Graduation Year: 2016
Specialty: Pediatrics
Residency Program: Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, NY
Hometown: Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Undergraduate Institution: Gordon College


“I am grateful to Ross, for providing me with a variety of clinical opportunities - preparing me to hit the ground running during my intern year. Furthermore, getting a medical degree from Ross has taught me to fight harder, and to never take no for an answer. I also am grateful to my parents who have always supported me and taught me how to be a hard worker and never settle for less.”


Sean Harrell, MD

 Recognition: Intern of the Year
Graduation year: May 2016
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Residency: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Augusta, GA
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Undergraduate Institution: Georgia College and State University


“Receiving this award is incredibly humbling as I am honored to work with terrific physicians on a daily basis and to be a part of a culture that continues to push me. This award would not be possible without the help and trust of my fellow residents and dedicated attending physicians at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Equally, I am truly grateful for my education and experience that Ross University provided me, as this allowed me to cultivate my medical skills and work ethic while pursuing my passion. From fellow students, residents, professors, and attending physicians, this award is a product of all of their diligence and concern for my well-being and education.”


Alexander Williams, MD

Recognition: Intern of the Year 2016-2017
Graduated Year: 2016
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Residency Program: Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA.
Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Florida

"I attribute this award to the training I received from residents during my third and fourth years of medical school as well as the teaching given by current senior residents at my program. I feel that a big reason for receiving this award was being proactive in writing case reports and getting involved with research early in residency. Being a team player is instrumental for success in residency.”


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WALL STREET JOURNAL: Alumna Shares Her Ross Experience

June 12, 2017



Alumna Lindsey Ling, MD, shares her Ross experience in the recent Wall Street Journal article, "Overseas Medical Schools Offer Remedy for Shortage of U.S. Doctors: U.S. schools can't keep up with demand for physicians, so international programs are stepping in with American graduates." 

Ling is a family medicine resident at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL.

Ling met her husband, Richard P. Bowser, MD, at Ross. He is completing an anesthesiology residency program at the University of Miami. They both graduated with medical degrees from Ross in 2014 and married two years later. 


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CANADA: Alums Share 7 Tips on How to Prepare for the Canadian Resident Matching Service

June 05, 2017


Kirsten Yip, MD, and Christopher Navachandrabala, MD, recently matched into residency programs through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

Yip is set to begin a family medicine residency program at University of British Columbia (UBC). Likewise, Navachandrabala is entering the same specialty, beginning his career at Dalhousie University.

See below for their personal views on how to get ready for CaRMS.


Plan Ahead

You need strong organizational skills and to know your timelines. You often need to complete administrative requirements a year in advance.

Use Available Resources

Students should familiarize themselves with the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and create an account on their portal. The MCC is the leading body in Canada that evaluates physicians in the country and maintains a national registry of their credentials throughout their careers. Students should also create an account with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s (AFMC) student portal, a necessary step to register for elective clerkships in the nation. 

Kill the Exams

The Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) and the National Assessment Collaboration Examination (NAC) are mandatory if you would like to apply to a Canadian residency program (completing the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE1) before applications are due will help if you have time to do it). 

It is over simplistic to say the USMLE® Step and Canadian exams are alike. Moreover, you ought not to try to rely on USMLE® Step study aids as reasonable preparation for the Canadian exams. They are different beasts.

Gain Canadian Clinical Experience

Schedule electives and get Canadian letters of recommendation. Most, if not all, residency programs look for Canadian experience in your application. Some programs have an IMG Clinical Assessment Program (CAP) that will give you an advantage over other applicants.  

“Instead of using the AFMC student portal to obtain an elective clerkship, I entered the Rural Ontario Medical Program,” says Navachandrabala. “I was fortunate enough to complete two Canadian electives and I got a letter of recommendation from each of them.”

Attend Canadian Conferences

It is relatively inexpensive to join the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The Annual Meeting and General Council is typically free to attend and you learn about the most pressing medical and healthcare issues in Canada. 

“I attended the College of Family Physician of Canada’s Family Medicine Forum and there were info booths representing every Canadian family medicine residency program,” says Yip. “I was able to speak one-on-one with the program director of UBC.”

Write Original Personal Statements

A generic personal statement is “kryptonite” and programs know when they are reading one. Read the requirements for personal statements. For example, the personal statement requirements often have different questions or even say to whom to address. Creating individualized statements is tedious but it will pay off if you can thoroughly express your connection and commitment to the program, school and province.  

Apply, Apply, Apply

Apply to as many Canadian residency programs as you can, provided you are willing to practice at each particular place.


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