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VIDEO: Ross 2017 Graduation Ceremony

May 25, 2017

Congratulations Ross Class of 2017!

 

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NEWS: Ross Graduation Ceremony May 20, Live Feed on Facebook

May 18, 2017

Ross graduates from the Class of 2016.

Ross graduates from the Class of 2016.

For the Class of 2017, the final destination of their medical school journey at Ross will be the commencement ceremony May 20 at the University of Miami's Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla. There will be a live stream of the event on the Ross Facebook page or Ustream beginning at 9 a.m.
 
As hundreds donned in cap and gown anxiously await the start of the processional, there undoubtedly will be many envisioning the first day of their residency program in which most are set to begin just weeks away. Internal Medicine and Family Medicine are again the top two specialties in which many of the newly minted Ross graduates earned residency positions. However, recent Ross graduates also matched through the National Resident Matching Program® in anesthesiology, neurology, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, urology, radiation oncology and in a rare pediatric-emergency program, to name a few.
 
Whether returning to their hometowns or beginning careers in new regions, the Class of 2017 will have a presence throughout the United States, joining the more than 13,000 existing Ross alumni. Some of the residency programs earned by the latest cohort of graduates are offered by the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in AZ; Brown University Alpert Medical School in RI; MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center/National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC; University of Texas Medical School in Houston; and Tulane University School of Medicine in LA.
 
Highlights of the graduation ceremony include remarks by Ross alumnus Sandor Toledo, MD, and a keynote address by Dave Barry, Miami Herald columnist and best-selling author:
 
Sandor Toledo, MD, (Class of 2017) will begin a general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut Health System.
 
Toledo is a military veteran who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school. Sandor spent seven years in the Marines and attained the rank of Sergeant. He then went on to pursue higher education, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University (FIU), with majors in biochemistry and psychology, both through the FIU Honors College. He later obtained a master's degree in business administration at FIU while simultaneously enrolled at Ross.
 
Sandor has held several leadership positions at Ross including Exam Representative, Class Representative, and Student Government Association President. He co-founded the Ross University Veteran's Club and First Pass Effect, a local school rock band.
 
He is also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of El Carne Express, a Cuban restaurant and food truck. Sandor continues to serve in the military active reserves as a percussionist and guitarist in the 13th Army Band. 
 
Pulitzer-Prize winner Dave Barry is a syndicated Miami Herald humor columnist and best-selling author. His columns have appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. He has written a total of 30 books. Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom Dave's World, starring Harry Anderson. He also plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom.
 
Barry is an entertaining personality who takes on the most difficult issues of our times, yet leaves his readers and audiences laughing. His recent books include Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is much Faster), You Can Date Boys When you’re Forty, Insane City, and I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.
 

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GRADUATION: RUSM Holds 2016 Commencement Ceremony

May 27, 2016

The Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) 2016 Commencement ceremony held on May 21, in Coral Gables, FL featured keynote speaker Ronan Farrow, a journalist, attorney, human-rights activist and former U.S. government advisor. He talked about what he sees in the world, and how RUSM graduates play a role in making it better. “You are not the typical medical students,” he said. “I hope you keep trailblazing, changing lives and changing the world.”

RUSM’s Dean and Chancellor Joseph Flaherty, MD, addressed the diverse class of graduates, their family members and friends.

“Our newest alumni come from very different cultures, and collectively speak more than 40 languages,” he said. “What they all have in common is that they have what it takes to succeed in medical school, and they are well-prepared to move on to the next step in their journey to becoming a physician. We’re very proud of what RUSM does to address the health care needs of the US.

Dean Flaherty had a few final words of advice for the 2016 graduates:

  1. Stay humble.
  2. Remember that it's about the patients.
  3. Get a life; you're going to need one.

Dr. Melby Philip delivered the new graduate speech. A first-generation Indian-American, she is headed to Mt. Sinai in Chicago to begin her residency. “Congratulations. We did it,” she said to her fellow graduates. “The price we paid over the years has finally paid off. We got to walk across the stage and get that MD.” Dr. Philip gave her colleagues a very good piece of advice. “Remember, a bit of humor and empathy can go a long way,” she said.

During the ceremony Dr. Flaherty was presented with a service award by Steven Riehs, president of RUSM and vice chairman of the board of trustees.

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RUSM Graduates Poised to Begin Residency Programs

June 15, 2015

July 1 marks the start of residency programs for most recent medical school graduates in the United States, and more than 800 RUSM alumni are among the group. Following the recent RUSM commencement ceremony that took place days ago, newly minted physicians are anxiously poised to begin their new careers. Hear from a few alumni in their own words as they talk about matching into a residency program – many of them receiving their first choice residency in their hometowns.

 

Michelle Kelley

When asked about her overall experience at RUSM, Michelle Kelley said, “There were no setbacks. I was pretty focused.” The Texas-native is returning to her hometown to begin an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston. She’s interested in becoming a hospitalist and has considered pulmonary and critical care disciplines.

“I’m very, very proud of Michelle,” said Marilyn Rabkin, who is Kelley’s mother. “She worked really hard.” Rabkin was beaming as she discussed her children’s success – she has an older daughter who is an immigration attorney.

 

Jonathan Dominguez

Jonathan Dominguez is returning to his New Jersey roots and will begin a Family Medicine residency at Hoboken University Medical Center – just five minutes from his parents’ pharmacy. Originally from Cliffside Park, Dominguez hopes to someday open a private practice.

Dominguez’s journey in medicine began by attending a RUSM information seminar. “Immediately after, on the same day of the info seminar, I applied to RUSM,” said Dominguez. But there was a defining moment that he knew he was on the right path. “It was after I passed the first mini exam that I felt assured,” said Dominguez. “After that I studied and maintained good academic and social balance.”

 

Ugorji Okorie

“At 11:50 a.m. I started to twinge,” says Ugorji Okorie reflecting on the long 10 minutes before she learned whether she matched into a residency. “I began to think, what if…,” said Okorie. But at 12:01 p.m. Okorie was relieved to receive a congratulatory message by the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) and then the tears began flowing at 12:27 p.m. when she realized that she had achieved her long awaited dream.


Okorie matched into an Internal Medicine residency program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Okorie was hoping to get into the Baton Rouge campus to be a little closer to family, but is still satisfied with her second choice. “LSU-Shreveport has great academics – it’s the largest teaching hospital in the state with all the fellowships,” said Okorie.


When she reflected on her time at RUSM, Okorie shared, “I love Ross. I loved living in Dominica.” She went on to say that the solitude gave her the opportunity to self-reflect and learn a lot about herself.

 

Christina Bortz

Christina Bortz is bound for New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope to begin a residency in Internal Medicine. Bortz recounts that she was invited to participate in 20 interviews but decided to only go on 12 visits. “I canceled the rest of the interviews because I was pretty confident I’d do well, that I’d match,” said Bortz. She matched into her first choice program and has her mind set on a career in gastroenterology.

Bortz is from Ridgefield, CT and her friends and family shared in her accomplishment by giving a surprise congratulatory party.

 

Rachana Choksi


According to Rachana Choksi it was “exciting and nerve-wracking” while waiting for the results of the NRMP match. However, she soon realized her fears were unfounded as she is set to begin a promising career in Pathology at Temple University Hospital.

Choksi is interested in specializing in forensic pathology. She doesn’t feel strongly about returning home to Jersey City, NJ, but would like to establish her career somewhere in the northeast – maybe Boston.


 

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WATCH: RUSM Graduation Ceremony Video Now Online

June 12, 2015

Ross University School of Medicine's 2015 Graduation Ceremony—held on May 30, 2015, at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida—was attended by about 700 of the more-than-1,000 men and women who were eligible to graduate this year, plus thousands of friends and family members. We captured the entire graduation ceremony on video, which we're now making available here for you.

The commencement address was delivered by two-time Pulitzer-Prize winner, New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof. Kristof’s columns focus on global health, poverty and gender issues in the developing world, and more.

Check out the video below.
 


2015 Accomplishments at RUSM to Date

We’re halfway through 2015, and it’s been a big year not just for RUSM’s latest group of graduates, but for the institution itself. Some highlights include:

  • Record-Breaking RUSM Match Year: RUSM again broke institutional records in this year’s residency match event, which saw more than 800  of our students earning coveted residencies in teaching hospitals across the United States. Our alumni earned residencies in competitive specialties—like ophthalmology, neurology, and surgery —while also obtaining placements in primary care programs, like internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine. With our new residency total, we’ve broken institutional records for the second year in a row.
  • New Student Center Opens: Officially opened on May 14, RUSM’s brand-new Student Center is the largest building on campus and is intended to become the hub for the RUSM community and a welcoming facility for visitors. Designed to provide gathering spaces that promote collaboration among students and faculty, the Student Center contains the library, student study space, multipurpose rooms, the Center for Teaching and Learning, food facilities that include a large dining area and space for three vendors, space for a campus store, and offices for the Departments of Student Affairs and Student Services.
  • RUSM’s Step 1 Pass Rate Above US/Canadian Students: For the fourth year in a row, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) students collectively achieved a first-time pass rate on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) that is on par with US students who took the exam. RUSM students’ Step 1 first-time pass rate for calendar year 2014 is 97%, topping the rate of US/Canadian schools (96%) and osteopathic schools (93%)

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RECAP: RUSM Holds Commencement Exercises for Class of 2015

June 02, 2015

Some of the graduates walked across the stage slowly, with a dignified pace befitting the commencement ceremony of Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). Others strode quickly, purposefully, as if they were in a rush to begin their lives as physicians. One woman shared the experience with her baby, strapped in a carrier to her front. She cradled him as she shook the hand of Dean and Chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty, MD and accepted her degree. And as each name was called, the audience clapped and cheered enthusiastically.

RUSM held commencement exercises for the Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 30 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida.

 

 

Dean Asks: How Does One Succeed in Medical School?

“What does it take to succeed in medical school? To get in, to get through, and to get to a day like this,” Dean Flaherty began his remarks. “Looking out at you, and knowing what you went through to get here, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect embodiment of the concept of grit. You have faced and overcome obstacles, bounced back from setbacks, and worked harder, I’m sure, than you ever thought you were capable of.”

Dean Flaherty continued. “One of the things that attracted me to Ross was the attitude of students I met when I visited,” he said. “There was something about the way they talked about the opportunity they had and the work that was required of them. And not one of them had any doubt that they would make it through and go on to residency. That inspired me, and when I think back, and I look at you now, many of whom I have met and spoken with, I know that I was attracted to the grit that Ross students bring to this experience. The endurance. The resilience. And the commitment and drive–you wouldn’t be here without that.”

Pulitzer Prize Winner Delivers RUSM Commencement Speech

The commencement address was delivered by two-time Pulitzer-Prize winner, New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof. Kristof’s columns focus on global health, poverty and gender issues in the developing world, and more. At the RUSM graduation, the theme of Kristof’s remarks was what he called the empathy gap.

“I remember at one point I was tempted to ditch journalism and go to medical school,” Kristof related. He told a story about his travels in Niger where, on a visit to a clinic, he saw a pregnant woman suffering from eclampsia who was about to lapse into a coma. The doctor would not perform a C-section because the husband couldn’t be found to give his permission. “But they didn’t want her to die in front of a New York Times journalist,” Kristof said.

So the doctor did the surgery and a healthy baby was delivered. Mother and child were fine.

“A Turning Point in Your Lives”

“One thing that I saw that day was that sometimes we still falter on access and empathy,” he told the graduates. “Today you reached a turning point in your lives. One of the dangers of success is that we risk becoming insulated from the needs of people… One of the things I admire about Ross is that so many of you end up in needy communities. You’ll be frustrated. You give patients advice and they won’t take it, about smoking, about unprotected sex. That’s when you need empathy.”

Kristof asked rhetorically, “Why don’t we take risks more often? It’s because of a sense that the problem is too vast. You’re going to see that in your profession. We’ve become numb. It seems like whatever we do is just a drop in the bucket. I’ve become a believer in drops in buckets.”

In closing, Kristof said to the graduates, “I hope you can use your learning and success to help others fill the empathy gap and fill buckets, one drop at a time.”

 

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2015 Accomplishments at RUSM to Date

We’re halfway through 2015, and it’s been a big year not just for RUSM’s latest group of graduates, but for the institution itself. Some highlights include:

  • Record-Breaking RUSM Match Year: RUSM again broke institutional records in this year’s residency match event, which saw more than 800  of our students earning coveted residencies in teaching hospitals across the United States. Our alumni earned residencies in competitive specialties—like ophthalmology, neurology, and surgery —while also obtaining placements in primary care programs, like internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine. With our new residency total, we’ve broken institutional records for the second year in a row.
  • New Student Center Opens: Officially opened on May 14, RUSM’s brand-new Student Center is the largest building on campus and is intended to become the hub for the RUSM community and a welcoming facility for visitors. Designed to provide gathering spaces that promote collaboration among students and faculty, the Student Center contains the library, student study space, multipurpose rooms, the Center for Teaching and Learning, food facilities that include a large dining area and space for three vendors, space for a campus store, and offices for the Departments of Student Affairs and Student Services.
  • RUSM’s Step 1 Pass Rate Above US/Canadian Students: For the fourth year in a row, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) students collectively achieved a first-time pass rate on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) that is on par with US students who took the exam. RUSM students’ Step 1 first-time pass rate for calendar year 2014 is 97%, topping the rate of US/Canadian schools (96%) and osteopathic schools (93%).

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An Evening at the Museum for RUSM Graduates

May 31, 2015

On the eve of the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Commencement Ceremony a festive reception for graduates and guests was held at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Coconut Grove, Florida. The event, held among the exhibits inside the museum, as well as under a big tent outside, was an enjoyable way to celebrate and network with fellow graduates before the big day.
 

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof to Deliver Commencement Address

May 26, 2015

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Ross University School of Medicine’s (RUSM) 2015 commencement ceremony will feature guest speaker Nicholas Kristof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and noted advocate for global human rights and health. The event will take place Saturday, May 30, at 9 a.m. at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida.

“At Ross University, we strive to provide a rich learning experience that encourages our graduates to bring a global perspective and appreciation for diversity to their careers in medicine,” said RUSM dean and chancellor Joseph A. Flaherty, M.D. “These men and women leave Ross as citizens of a changing world, prepared to do their part to improve the health and well-being of the communities in which they practice. We are honored to welcome Nicholas Kristof to share this special day with our graduates and their families; his work to expose and address challenges to human rights and social justice around the world is a wonderful example for our graduates looking to make a difference in the lives around them.” 

Kristof, who has worked at The New York Times since 1984, has been recognized internationally for his reporting on issues such as the Darfur conflict, the pro-democracy student movement in China and human trafficking. He has a large following on social media and writes a twice-weekly column focusing on global health, poverty and gender issues in the developing world.

This year, more than 800 RUSM graduates earned residency positions in hospitals across the United States and Canada. Over two-thirds of those new residents will launch careers in pediatrics, internal medicine and family medicine.

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PROFILE: RUSM Graduation Speaker Nicholas Kristof

May 26, 2015

Award-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof—slated to speak at Ross University School of Medicine’s (RUSM) Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 30—has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. During his travels, he’s caught malaria, experienced wars, confronted warlords, and survived an African airplane crash. Kristof not only managed to survive and press on, he’s also won two Pulitzers in the process – while advocating human rights and giving a voice to the voiceless.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed Kristof as “an honorary African” for his reporting on conflicts there, and President Bill Clinton said that “There is no one in journalism, anywhere in the United States at least, who has done anything like the work he has done to figure out how poor people are actually living around the world, and what their potential is.”

After joining The New York Times in 1984, Kristof served as a correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He has covered presidential politics, interviewed everyone from President Obama to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and was the first blogger on The New York Times website. A documentary about him, Reporter, executive produced by Ben Affleck, aired on HBO, and he has more than 3 million fans combined on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. He has won several awards, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Anne Frank Award and the Fred Cuny Award for Prevention of Armed Conflict. He also serves on the board of Harvard University and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars.

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