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LEADERSHIP: Professorship at U of Illinois College of Medicine Named for RUSM Dean

January 17, 2017

“I am humbled and honored,” said RUSM’s Dean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty, MD at the establishment of the Professorship in Child Psychiatry named for him at the University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICOM). Dr. Flaherty is a graduate of UIC, earned his MD there, and went on to serve as head of the psychiatry department and Dean of UICOM. “This Professorship is the extension of an already robust legacy of strong leadership and service to this institution,” said Dr. Anand Kumar, head of psychiatry.

The event was celebrated at a reception hosted by the department of psychiatry on Sept. 19, 2016. There was a gathering of people including some of Dr. Flaherty’s former students and residents, and even his first patient from the time he was a medical student in psychiatry, with whom he’s kept in touch all these years.


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DEAN'S BLOG: Dean Flaherty's End-of-Year Message for 2016

December 28, 2016

This blog entry was written by Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, dean and chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine.

It has been a good year at Ross University School of Medicine. Our graduates attained more than 780 residencies in 2016 in more than 15 disciplines, including pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, anesthesiology, radiology, and more. There were some high-profile matches, such as the one in which a Ross graduate matched into the exceptionally competitive neurological surgery program at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. We have also developed new clinical partnerships that should be helpful to us next year.

Among the highlights of the year is the rollout and implementation of the core clerkship curriculum online. All cores now have weekly learning tasks and required lectures, with online alternative learning materials for the lectures that are not delivered in person by site faculty. This will help to ensure that students’ educational experiences will be comparable across sites.

The curriculum committee on campus continues to do outstanding work in an effort to integrate and decompress the basic science curriculum to introduce more small group and team-based learning as well as formative assessment.

Another accomplishment this year has been the reuniting of our enrollment, admissions and marketing efforts into one unit under Vice Dean Peter Goetz. Filling key positions on this team are three people who have returned to Ross: Jamie Drucker, senior director of marketing; Sean Powers, national director of admissions; and Jennifer Yao, director of enrollment management. We are also pleased to announce the successful recruitment of Tyrone Donnon, Ph.D, to serve as director of the Center for Teaching and Learning on the Dominica campus.

This year we reaffirmed our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect for students, colleagues and all humanity. This is a statement of our deeply-held values and our pledge to uphold them. We are proud of the great diversity among our 12,000+ alumni, and our students and colleagues, throughout the years and today. We strongly believe it is our diversity that results in our success in supplying our nation’s doctors in primary care and in poor rural and urban areas.  We have been getting the word out about several aspects of our medical education program, the quality of our graduates, many of them from underrepresented minorities, and their post-graduation outcomes, including the fact that so many are choosing to practice in underserved areas.    

Some of the publications in the media in which my op-eds have appeared include, “Chicago needs a more diverse pool of doctors,” in Crain’s on June 28, and “International medical graduates help fill NY's primary care needs,” on, December 14.

We look forward to ringing in 2017 as another successful year for our school. I wish you a good holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year.

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Ross Presents Success Fulfilling Social Mission at Health Equity Conference

September 19, 2016

Joseph Flaherty, MD<br>
Dean and Chancellor

Joseph Flaherty, MD
Dean and Chancellor

Medical schools with a strong social mission can make significant contributions to addressing the U.S. healthcare system’s most pressing challenges, according to Dr. Joseph A. Flaherty, dean and chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine. Flaherty addressed the 2016 Beyond Flexner Conference on Monday, Sept. 19, in Miami. He said international schools like Ross are helping to increase diversity in the physician workforce and producing large numbers of primary care physicians, many of whom choose to practice in medically underserved areas.

“At Ross, a founding goal was to provide opportunity to nontraditional students. Our student demographics have evolved over the last 35 years to include significant representation by minority students and first-generation immigrants for whom English may not be the first language,” Flaherty said. “Over the last decade the school has added to its original mission a commitment to primary care and an interest in servicing underserved areas. Typically, between 60-75 percent of Ross graduates enter residency in primary care.”

The Beyond Flexner Conference brings together health professionals committed to more equitable healthcare, focusing on social determinants of health, disparity reduction and diversity promotion. Flaherty said that although many medical schools have incorporated social mission, it may be neglected at the expense of clinical care and research activities. However, making socially-engaged outcomes a specific focus of the school may help energize faculty and students and gain support from other stakeholders.

Flaherty said that Ross is fulfilling its mission, citing its contribution to primary care and the demographics of the student body and graduating classes. Non-white students make up more than half of enrollment, and in the five-year period of 2011-2015, 16 percent of graduates reported being a member of an underrepresented minority group. Over the last 10 years, more than 900 Ross graduates who are African-American or Hispanic have entered residency programs across the United States, the majority in primary care.

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