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RESIDENCY: Alumna Shares the Path She Designed to Obtain Her Preferred Residency

August 19, 2016

For just over a month Fusun Dikengil, MD, has been working as an internal medicine resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).

Dikengil is no stranger to UMMS. During her fourth year of medical school, she completed an elective clinical clerkship in pulmonary medicine at the institution and had an opportunity to work on research in microparticle drug delivery systems. Dikengil’s work was recently published in The Journal of Controlled Release.

Fortunate for Dikengil, she landed her first choice residency, keeping her within the vicinity of where she resides. However, Dikengil obtaining her residency top pick was no happy coincidence. She was very strategic about her clinical training experiences to increase her chances of obtaining her preferred residency appointment.

“It is up to students to make the most of the opportunity,” said Dikengil. “That’s what I really got out of my clinical education experience at Ross. I was able to design the experience I wanted.”

Dikengil did just that, she requested to conduct her core clinical clerkships at Jamaica Medical Center (JMC) in Queens, NY. It was there, in an urban and fast-paced environment, where she gained critical clinical skills in family medicine (6 weeks), obstetrics and gynecology (6 weeks), pediatrics (6 weeks), surgery (8 weeks), psychiatry (6 weeks) and internal medicine (12 weeks).

After completing her primary clinical training at JMC, Dikengil scheduled electives in community and university settings to get as much exposure to varying medical environments as possible.

 “Conducting all my cores at one training site helped me learn about how each and every department within the hospital coordinates and works together” said Dikengil. “By conducting my electives all over the Northeast, I got an even richer experience – with exposure to urban, community and rural medicine.”

Dikengil thinks she is a better physician because of the wide ranging medical settings she has experienced. Now as a resident, she possesses the cultural competency and interpersonal skills to relate to her patients of different backgrounds.

“I remember when I first started my medical education on campus. Ross made a promise that they’ll help me get to where I wanted to be and they actually did,” recalled Dikengil. “I have no regrets. Ross was the best choice I ever made.”

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ALUMNI: Obtaining a Residency was a Pinnacle Moment for RUSM Grad

July 12, 2016

Erin Healey, associate director of Admissions (left), and RUSM grad Madhura Manjunath (right) reconnected at the RUSM match celebration in New York.

Erin Healey, associate director of Admissions (left), and RUSM grad Madhura Manjunath (right) reconnected at the RUSM match celebration in New York.

“I feel like my whole life has been leading up to this moment,” said Madhura Manjunath. She just began the internal medicine residency program at Berkshire Medical Center in Massachusetts.

Recounting how she arrived at this point in her life, Manjunath recalled that a deciding factor in her enrolling at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) was her interview with Erin Healey, associate director of Admissions at RUSM. “I met with Erin and she was so nice,” said Manjunath. “My interview with Erin was my first experience with Ross and I loved it.”

“I had a great time going through the different [clinical] rotations. I really enjoyed my clinical years,” said Manjunath. “I advise students to take advantage of every opportunity they get. Ross has a lot to offer.”

One of the opportunities Manjunath had was working alongside Vijay Rajput, MD, who is the medical director of RUSM’s Office of Student Professional Development. According to Manjunath, “there is so much to do if you reach out and make different connections with people.”

Manjunath’s long-term plan is to develop a career in pulmonary critical care. After completing clinical training at a critical care unit at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Manjunath realized she “loved the experience.” 


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Dr. Matthew Plosker, family medicine physician, joins Mansfield Health Center in Massachusetts

September 03, 2013

Dr. Matthew Plosker (RUSM ‘10) has joined the Mansfield Health Center in his native Massachusetts, after completing his residency training in family medicine at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Plosker is a graduate of the University of Tampa, where he studied biology and marine biology, with minors in chemistry and environmental science. He found time to compete and achieve national NCAA ranking in golf. Before entering medical school, he worked as a research scientist with AstraZeneca in Waltham, MA. The Mansfield Health Center, a unit of Sturdy Hospital, provides a wide range of services including routine checkups, preventive health and ongoing maintenance, sick visits, laboratory and X-ray services, as well as a walk-in service for urgent care and treatment of minor injuries.

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