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ALUMNI: Ross Grads Receive Intern of the Year Awards

June 27, 2017

 

Congratulations to Ross alumni who were recently named "Intern of the Year" at their residency programs. Below is a sample of the awardees: 
 

 

Diane Brown, MD

Recognition: Pediatric Intern of the Year
Graduation Year: 2016
Specialty: Pediatrics
Residency Program: Baylor Scott and White in Temple, TX
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota
 

 

“I was not expecting the award. Everyone in my program was very deserving. If I had to pinpoint what made me standout, I would attribute it to my work ethic which I learned while a Ross student.”

 

 
 

Karleigh Ryan Curfman, MD

Recognition: Intern of the Year
Graduation Year: 2016
Specialty: General Surgery
Residency Program: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center of Duke LifePoint Healthcare in Johnstown, PA
Hometown: Berwick, PA
Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

 

"I attribute this success of my intern year to knowing that becoming a surgeon was my career goal since a teenager. Keeping my goal in mind and realizing how far I have come already since then, I attempt to continue to raise the bar at every level on every single day to make that end goal of becoming a surgeon in my specialty after my residency and fellowship are a reality.  I know the work I put in every day positions me one step closer to my goal and that is what drives me to keep striving and creates my work ethic – along with the never ending encouragement of my family, fiancé, and close friends, their support is a constant reminder of my ultimate plan."

 
 

Daniela Matias Feitosa, MD

Recognition: Intern of the Year and Teacher of the Year
Graduation Year: 2016
Specialty: Pediatrics
Residency Program: Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, NY
Hometown: Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Undergraduate Institution: Gordon College

 

“I am grateful to Ross, for providing me with a variety of clinical opportunities - preparing me to hit the ground running during my intern year. Furthermore, getting a medical degree from Ross has taught me to fight harder, and to never take no for an answer. I also am grateful to my parents who have always supported me and taught me how to be a hard worker and never settle for less.”

 

Sean Harrell, MD

 Recognition: Intern of the Year
Graduation year: May 2016
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Residency: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Augusta, GA
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Undergraduate Institution: Georgia College and State University

 

“Receiving this award is incredibly humbling as I am honored to work with terrific physicians on a daily basis and to be a part of a culture that continues to push me. This award would not be possible without the help and trust of my fellow residents and dedicated attending physicians at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Equally, I am truly grateful for my education and experience that Ross University provided me, as this allowed me to cultivate my medical skills and work ethic while pursuing my passion. From fellow students, residents, professors, and attending physicians, this award is a product of all of their diligence and concern for my well-being and education.”
 

 

Alexander Williams, MD

Recognition: Intern of the Year 2016-2017
Graduated Year: 2016
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Residency Program: Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA.
Hometown: Sarasota, FL
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Florida
 


"I attribute this award to the training I received from residents during my third and fourth years of medical school as well as the teaching given by current senior residents at my program. I feel that a big reason for receiving this award was being proactive in writing case reports and getting involved with research early in residency. Being a team player is instrumental for success in residency.”

 

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From Haiti to Minnesota: Alum Set to Begin Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic

May 11, 2016

“It’s like a boulder came off my back,” said Marc Olivier Duverseau when describing the sense of relief he felt after obtaining a residency position. Duverseau will attend the preliminary surgery program at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Duverseau was born and raised in Haiti and arrived to the United States at age 18 to attend the University of Tampa.

His anxiety about getting into a prominent residency program was in part due to him being an immigrant to the United States. According to Duverseau, a surgery residency is very competitive and he thought being an International Medical Graduate (IMG) would put him further “at odds” of earning a coveted residency position.

There could have been some credence to Duverseau’s concerns. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book, Minnesota remains in the bottom half (#33) of the states – at about 16 percent – that have active physicians who are IMGs, in spite of the physician workforce trends that show IMGs playing a critical role in the US Healthcare System.

Duverseau admits that he never gave a second thought to RUSM’s location in the Caribbean. “It didn’t bother me that Ross was in the Caribbean because I knew the second half of the curriculum takes place at US teaching hospitals,” said Duverseau. “Since I grew up on a Caribbean island, moving to another one was easy. When I got there, I adapted in three seconds.”   

Already given thought to what comes next in his career, Duverseau plans to finish a categorical surgery residency and then go on to conduct a fellowship in trauma and critical care. His ultimate dream is to open up the first Intensive Care Unit in Haiti; according to Duverseau, there aren’t any in the country.

Duverseau says this to aspiring physicians considering RUSM: “It doesn’t matter that you will be an IMG. If you have a dream, and if you keep fighting for it, then nothing is going to stop you,” said Duverseau. “One day you’ll match and be the best physician you can possibly be.”

 

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