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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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RESIDENCY: Ross Presents 2016 Residency Results and Highlights

September 26, 2016

Hundreds of Ross University School of Medicine graduates attained residencies this year, with the vast majority of them having started their training in July. In total, more than 42,000 medical school graduates registered to apply for residency placements in this year’s National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) Main Residency Match (The MATCH℠). 

Here are some highlights from the 2016 Ross residency list.

Key Statistics: Ross Residencies by the Numbers

  • 786 Ross graduates attained residencies this year in more than 15 disciplines, including pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, anesthesiology, radiology, and more. View the full list.
  • 86% of 2015-2016 Ross graduates who applied to residency for the first time in 2016 attained placements.
  • On a related note, 99% of all 2014-2015 Ross graduates who passed their USMLE Step exams on the first attempts attained a residency by April 2016.
  • Ross graduates attained residencies across the United States, placing in 46 US states and territories (this figure includes Washington DC and Puerto Rico). The Association of American Medical Colleges has predicted a nationwide shortage of physicians over the next decade, and we are proud that Ross graduates can potentially make a difference on this issue across such a wide area of the United States.
  • Several Ross graduates from Canada attained residencies through the Canada Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), enabling them to go back to their home country for training.
  • More than two-thirds of Ross graduates who attained residencies in 2016 are in primary care specialties—this includes pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine. Ross graduates who complete training in these areas can enter fellowships and subspecialties in areas of their choosing.

Ross Residency Highlights

  • A Ross graduate matched into the neurological surgery program at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. According to the NRMP, only 216 spaces in neurological surgery were available in this year’s MATCH.
  • One of our graduates matched in child neurology at University of Chicago Medical Center.
  • A total of 28 Ross graduates attained diagnostic radiology placements this year.
  • Two Ross graduates attained dermatology residencies. One was at George Washington University in Washington DC, with the other at SUNY Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Seven Ross graduates attained residencies in neurology this year, not including the child neurology residency placement listed above.
  • We had a Ross graduate match into the neurology program at the prestigious Duke University Medical Center, ranked the #1 hospital in North Carolina by U.S. News and World Report and nationally ranked in 13 adult specialties (including neurology) and 10 children’s specialties.
  • Two Ross graduates attained placements at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT—one in diagnostic radiology, and the other in internal medicine. According to U.S. News and World Report, Yale-New Haven Hospital is the #1 hospital in Connecticut, and nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties and six children’s specialties.
  • A Ross graduate placed into Stanford as a pathology resident. According to U.S. News and World Report, Stanford University is ranked #2 nationwide for research.
  • Also for pathology, a Ross student attained a residency at Baylor College of Medicine, which is ranked #20 nationwide for research, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • Two Ross graduates attained residencies at Brown University programs—one in pathology and the other in internal medicine.
  • A Ross graduate attained a general surgery residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.
  • Two graduates earned internal medicine residencies at the well-known Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education’s Florida location.
  • Two graduates earned family medicine residencies at Emory University School of Medicine, which is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report in primary care.
  • Three Ross graduates placed at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic’s Florida location in internal medicine.

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Tags: Residency , Match , Canada , New York , Illinois , North Carolina , Connecticut , California , Texas , Florida

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MATCH: Alum Earns Radiology Residency in Spite of “So-called Disability”

May 09, 2016

Johnathon Stephens is returning to his hometown of Peoria, IL to begin his career in radiology.

Although Stephens has found his way back to his native roots, he strategically selected clerkships in different regions to receive his medical training, including sites in Florida, Michigan, and Illinois.

“One of the advantages of Ross is the option to sample medicine at different locations and hospitals around the country,” said Stephens.

Stephens’ strategy appears to have worked as he begins his residency at Saint Francis Medical Center.  He recalls what it was like on the Monday before “Match Day” when medical students throughout the United States were notified whether they matched into a residency through the National Resident Matching Program®.

“It was such a long, arduous road,” said Stephens. “Although that Monday I didn’t know which residency program I had matched into yet, I knew I had a job!”

Stephens advises medical students to “never give up.” It’s a mantra he has applied to his own life.

“For those of us with so-called disabilities, if you persevere long enough, eventually your weakness will become your strength.”

Stephens is hard of hearing and coordinated with RUSM to get the resources he needed to earn his degree, including making arrangements for sign language interpreters from Hands in Motion during his clerkships for clinical training.  

Stephens attributes his success to having a great support system of family and friends.

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Tags: Alumni , Residency , Match , Illinois

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Numerous RUSM Alumni Have Earned 2013-14 Chief Resident Positions

March 14, 2014

Each year numerous RUSM alumni are selected as Chief Residents of their residency programs. The following are a selection of 2013-14 Chief Residents in various specialties:

Family Medicine


Internal Medicine







Tags: Alumni , Residency , Illinois , Tennessee , Florida , Michigan , New Jersey , California , New York , Kentucky , Connecticut , North Carolina

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Family Medicine Program at Rush-Copley Medical Center has five RUSM alumni

March 10, 2014

The Rush-Copley Family Medicine Residency Program in Aurora, Illinois now has five medical school graduates from Ross University School of Medicine, including current Chief Resident Dr. Rubi Malczewski.

Tags: Residency , Illinois

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Dr. Joan Alvarado, family physician, joins Sarah Bush Lincoln in Illinois

September 10, 2013

Dr. Joan Alvarado (RUSM ‘08) joined the staff of Sarah Bush Lincoln Charleston Family Practice, after completing her residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. She has a special interest in women’s health issues. “I enjoy working with patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, and I enjoy getting to know patients on a more personal level. That’s why I chose family medicine,” she said.

Born in the Phillipines, Dr. Alavado moved with her family to New York City when she was five years old. With many aunts and uncles working in healthcare, having an interest in the medical field was always there, she said. Following high school, she went to College of New Rochelle, New York, on a full-tuition scholarship and received a bachelor of arts in psychology. At RUSM, Dr. Alvarado completed clinical rotations in New York, Chicago, South Miami Beach, Meza, Arizona and Washington, D.C.

While Dr. Alvarado enjoyed living in Chicago during her residency, she is excited to begin her practice in a smaller community. “People stop and talk and are much more open here,” she said. “My philosophy is to help people make healthy decisions within the context of their individual lives; and I’ve found people to be very receptive.”

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