February 28, 2017
Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) alumni Rebecca Negron, MD (’13) and Fabio Morales, MD (’13) met during their first semester of medical school on the campus in Dominica, the Caribbean “nature” island, in 2009. “We had Anatomy and all the other labs together, and those became our ‘dates,’” Fabio said. “We started snorkeling and scuba diving, and the rest is history.”
They graduated together and earned their MD degrees in 2013. Today the Florida natives are working as hospitalists in the Tampa Bay area of the state. He is at Bayfront Hospital and she is at Tampa General.
The couple has always shared a passion for medicine and was well-matched in many ways. Perhaps most importantly for their professional and personal lives, they entered the Couples Match together for residency in Internal Medicine and both matched successfully at the University of Miami Palm Beach Campus. One bit of rivalry that they enjoy is rooting for their undergraduate alma mater’s sports teams, he for the University of South Florida in Tampa and she for the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
It was a match made in med school for these doctors who got married on January 21, 2017. Where did they choose to go for their honeymoon? “We went to Dominica where we visited the campus and drove the entire island a couple of times,” Fabio related. “We went back to the places that reminded us of our early beginnings.”
They also were pleased to see that a student club they helped create still exists, OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students.) The group organized health fairs on the island, where they evaluated more than 400 people with screening blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol levels, vision and general physical exams. They also taught medical Spanish to students, and also gave Salsa dance lessons. “It was a great time,” Fabio said.
He added that both he and his spouse are very appreciative of RUSM for giving them a chance to realize their dreams of becoming physicians.
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May 27, 2016
Daniel Piotter is a recent RUSM graduate who will begin a Family Medicine residency at Louisiana State
University – Shreveport (LSU Shreveport).
"It's a big relief," says Piotter when asked how it felt to have successfully gone through the National Resident Matching Program® to obtain a residency.
"It's a huge, huge relief," chimes in his wife, Tierney, who is also a RUSM graduate starting a pediatric residency at LSU Shreveport on July 1.
The Piotters met in a biology class at San Francisco State University while completing their undergraduate degree. They later engaged and then enrolled together at RUSM.
Tierney admits there was some initial hesitation about attending a medical school outside of the United States, but her due diligence quickly diminished her concerns.
"We definitely did our research before going. We knew we had what it takes to become doctors and believed Ross would give us the tools that would get us to where we are now," said Tierney. "We are happy the way it turned out," said Tierney.
"Yes, we are!" interjects Daniel.
Eventually, Daniel is looking to complete a fellowship in sports medicine and Tierney looks forward to beginning a career as a general pediatrician.
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