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VIDEO: Alumna Recounts Her Road to a Triple Board Residency

May 17, 2017

 

Myrline Rose Belzince talks with Ross at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Belzince is set to begin a triple board residency at Tulane University School of Medicine. After successfully completing the five-year program she will be board-eligible in pediatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, and adult psychiatry. Read more about Belzince's story.

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MATCH: Student Earns Anesthesiology Residency at Hometown Hospital

April 26, 2017

Dr. Joseph Mongone (RUSM ‘16) grew up in New Hyde Park, a town on Long Island, in New York. He never could have imagined that now, at the age of 28, he would be a physician, returning home to begin a residency in Anesthesiology at his hometown hospital, Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine/ North Shore-LIJ in New Hyde Park. “I am beyond excited to have matched there,” he said. “I’m thrilled to be starting my residency so close to home and in an environment that I am so familiar and comfortable with and I know will provide me with amazing clinical training and opportunity.”

Dr. Mongone earned his undergraduate degree in Health Science from Boston University, but he said that he didn’t have a clear career path at the time. He began working in the NICU at Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island and found that he liked the environment. It inspired him to complete his pre-med requirements through a post-baccalaureate program, Sciences for the Health Professions Certificate at Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale, NY.

Why did he choose Ross? “I chose Ross University because after doing research into the school, interacting and working with residents who were Ross graduates, and hearing the positive experiences they had, I felt that it was the best place for a non-traditional student like myself to begin my journey to becoming a physician,” he said.

What most attracted him to anesthesiology, he said, “is the very unique role that anesthesiologists fill every day. It is up to the anesthesiologist to understand, comfort, and reassure patients while they are about to experience one of the scariest moments of their lives in undergoing surgery. To be able to make patients feel comfortable and reassured in their greatest time of fear and need is something I look forward to doing on an every-day basis during my career as an anesthesiologist.” 

 

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MATCH: Alum Creates “Saving Lives” App, Matches in Family Medicine

March 17, 2017

Ross University School of Medicine alumnus Michael Nemirovsky, MD, (Ross ’15) from Brooklyn, NY, has pre-matched into an unopposed Family Medicine residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, in Utica NY, where he will start his residency on July 1, 2017. Recently, he created the idea and storyboard for a CPR game application which he titled “Saving Lives” and presented it at the 2017 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare Conference Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase and Arcade. He received the runner-up award for the best in show for the student category. 

Dr. Nemirovsky, who earned his undergraduate degree from Hunter College in NY, with a major in biochemistry, is currently a Patient Safety Fellow at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, NY, where he also did all of his third year clinical rotations as a student. During his tenure at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Dr. Nemirovsky not only found his desired career path of Family Medicine, he said, but he also discovered a new interest in teaching. In his capacity of being a Patient Safety Fellow, Dr. Nemirovsky worked on building a new simulation lab, and created educational curriculums for various departments in the hospital.

“Going to Ross and working as a Patient Safety Fellow has not only given me a strong foundation in medicine but has also helped me develop a strong work ethic and discover interests such as teaching that I never knew I had,” Dr. Nemirovsky said.
 

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Op-Ed: Ross Plays a Critical Role in Helping New York Meet Its Physician Workforce Needs

January 11, 2017

In an editorial published in the Times-Union (Albany, NY) daily newspaper, Ross dean and chancellor Joseph Flaherty, MD writes that Ross creates a “career path for promising students left out by U.S. [medical] schools.”

He goes on, “Many American [medical] schools can’t make room for qualified, but nontraditional, applicants – including minorities, older candidates pursuing a second career, and first generation immigrants.”

Providing opportunity to deserving students is part of the Ross social mission, but it’s also a tremendous boost to communities around the U.S. who need good doctors. Ross is graduating a higher percentage of African-Americans and Hispanics than US medical schools, producing doctors who practice in regions where there is a physician shortage, like New York, and graduating physicians who overwhelmingly choose primary care. Read more (Sign-in may be required.)


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EXPERT: Alum Shares Travel Tips for People with Diabetes

November 23, 2016

Planning ahead can save you lots of stress when it comes to managing your diabetes while traveling.

Planning ahead can save you lots of stress when it comes to managing your diabetes while traveling.

It’s officially the holiday season in the U.S., which for many people means one thing—travel. And for those who have diabetes, it can be a real headache: About 10 percent of people with diabetes experience problems with diabetic control while traveling.

Fortunately, a little extra planning can help keep potential issues at bay. For National Diabetes Awareness Month, endocrinologist Michael Marchese, MD (Ross Class of 2009) shared travel tips for people with diabetes—whether you’re going by air, sea or anything in between. Here’s a sampling:

  • Before you go: If you’ll be crossing time zones, you may need to adjust the timing of your insulin injections. Insulin pump users may consider changing to injections while on vacation, especially if vacationing at the beach, since not all pumps are waterproof and the sun may heat up the insulin inside it.
  • Packing for a flight: Don’t store your insulin in your checked luggage: The cargo hold can get very cold or even freeze, which would make the insulin ineffective.
  • Going somewhere warm? Avoid walking around barefoot on beaches. Sharp shells, bottle caps and similar items can cut your feet, which is a particular threat to diabetics who have peripheral neuropathy, a condition that results in a lack of sensation on the bottom of the feet. Without feeling, a cut could go unnoticed until it’s infected.

Read the full article at WestchesterMagazine.com.

Dr. Marchese is board certified in internal medicine. After graduating from Ross University School of Medicine, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Stamford Hospital, where he was Chief Resident, followed by a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Albany Medical Center. He practices at the Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Metabolism Center of Phelps Medical Associates in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

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ALUMNI: One Grad’s Musings on Dominica, Residency, and His 'Amazing' Ross Experience

October 04, 2016

Andrew Medvedovsky, MD (Ross Class of 2008)

Andrew Medvedovsky, MD (Ross Class of 2008)

He was in the midst of clinical rotations and Andrew Medvedovsky (Class of 2008) was still trying to figure out which medical discipline he wanted to pursue for residency—until a chance meeting helped him answer that question.

One day during clinicals, he bumped into a neurologist who asked him to help out with a spinal tap. Intrigued by the specialty, Medvedovsky tried a four-week neurology elective and ended up loving it. Fast-forward nearly a decade and he’s completed a neurology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, plus a fellowship in interventional pain management at the same university. Now, the Brooklyn native is practicing with the New Jersey-based RA Pain Services.

Read below for Medvedovsky’s thoughts on island life, clinicals, residency, and what it really means to be a doctor.

A QUOTE THAT HE LIVES BY: [My fellowship] was directed by an amazing, amazing physician who was my mentor—Dr. [Maged] Hamza—and he was a person that really shaped my career in a lot of ways. One of the things he would always tell me is “Look. If you don’t demand perfection from yourself, nobody else will.” And the fellowship was really intense and very heavy on academics, on procedures, on patient volume, and you had to be perfect. There was no room for error. And it was overwhelming, but I knew if I could get through the fellowship … it would be worth it and would pay off when I’m on my own.

ON CHOOSING ROSS AND PRECONCEPTIONS: I was very nervous about coming to Ross because the preconceived notion was that, if you go to a Caribbean medical school, you’ll have a really hard time getting a residency and other negative beliefs that people have about Caribbean students. So I realized when I came out of Ross and started my clerkships, and then residency, there’s a lot more to being a doctor than the medical school you graduate … once you’re out there in real-life settings, I think it’s your personality, your compassion, and your work ethic that really takes over and becomes the driving force for your success.

Looking back, I think that at this point in my career I’m lucky I went to Ross. It gave me amazing experience, and has only exposed me to a different culture that I wouldn’t have ever been able to be a part of.

ON HOW MUCH HE LOVED DOMINICA: You’re walking into a school that’s equipped like an American school, and it’s an amazing luxury to be able to SCUBA dive in the morning and go to class in the afternoon, to be able to walk down the beach and then go to [your] apartment, look out the window, and look at a banana tree farm and wild mangoes in the backyard … or wake up Saturday morning, go to the fresh market, and buy a piece of fish they just pulled out of the water. So it’s a phenomenal experience—it’s an experience that you really can't put a price on.

HIS MOST EYE-OPENING ISLAND EXPERIENCE: The one that really sticks out is our experience when we went to [country capital] Roseau to a local hospital to see real life in a Dominica clinic. And it’s unbelievable—the minimal resources that the physicians and patients have. It really puts things into perspective, and it really makes you adaptable to work in various situations and circumstances. Because when you see doctors in action in Dominica doing their best, taking care of patients with whatever they have, and then we come back to the United States where we see a fully equipped hospital, we realize “Wow, there is no reason not to be able to provide patients with the best care and service.”

SOME COMMENTS ON CLINICALS: I did my rotations mostly in New York. Clinical rotations, I think, are a little bit challenging. You’re working with residents, other physicians who are busy … [and when you’re] coming out of the basic sciences where you’re going to class and then going [back to housing], then being in the hospital sometimes up to 80 hours a week as a [clinical] student, it gets extremely tiring. But you get through it. I think being motivated is a big factor in making it a good experience.

A FEW WORDS ON RESIDENCY: I did my neurology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, which was a phenomenal experience. Obviously, neurology is a pretty competitive residency, but I felt comfortable applying for it. I had a genuine interest in it, I was very motivated, and I had very strong letters of recommendation because the neurologists that I worked with really believed in my interest and were willing to support me in my goals.

LIFE IN PRACTICE: My current position is very unique. I’m a physician with a private practice called RA Pain Services. I see patients in the office relating to various head, neck, [and] spine [conditions] and chronic pain. On Mondays, I’m in the hospital doing everything from basic epidural injections, nerve ablations, and spinal cord stimulators to really involved, unique cases. One other thing I do, which I think is pretty unique, is direct a medical marijuana program. So it’s been incredibly interesting to incorporate all of these different things into my practice. I never, ever imagined myself doing any of this stuff.

Editor’s note: Philly.com interviewed both Medvedovsky and one of his patients about his work with medical marijuana. Read the story here.

HOW THINGS TURNED OUT: I’m amazed with my life. I feel extremely fortunate. I’m amazed at the people that I meet and the ability to affect people’s lives. It’s phenomenal and I thank Ross University and my mentors along the way who have given me the opportunity, and who believed in me.

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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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PROFILE: The Patient Experience That Drove This Student to Attend Med School

September 22, 2016

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When Mike Farrell (above) realized that his scope of practice as a chiropractor was limiting how much care he could give to his patients, he took the next step and enrolled in medical school at Ross.

It was the patient Mike Farrell couldn’t help—even though he knew what type of treatment was needed—that ultimately convinced him to enroll in medical school.

Until then, Farrell was loving his career as a chiropractor, complete with his own practice in Amherst, near his hometown of Buffalo, NY. But then, one weekend, he got a phone call from a man whose wife needed immediate care. She had recently undergone surgery on her lumbar spine, Farrell was told, and the plane ride to New York—the couple was going to see their son in a swimming competition—had aggravated her back so badly that she needed to be carried off the plane.

Farrell took the appointment, examined his patient when she arrived, and knew exactly what she needed—some muscle relaxants and injections, plus some medical therapy to calm her down enough to undergo both rehabilitation and some of the chiropractic adjustments he could offer.

But chiropractic’s scope of practice is limited. Farrell couldn’t prescribe those treatments, but a medical doctor could.

“It was a culminating moment,” says Farrell. “I’m looking at her, I know what needs to be done for her, and I don’t have the scope of practice to help her.”

Now a fourth-year student at Ross University School of Medicine, Farrell is well on his way to solving that problem. Via video blogs, Farrell has been chronicling his day-to-day journey through clinical rotations on Ability Science, a website dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of neurological and musculoskeletal health as it relates to quality of life. Check out his vlogs here.

But how'd he end up at Ross?

His Path to Ross

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Farrell and some classmates after participating in the Ross White Coat Ceremony at the beginning of first semester.

At first, Farrell applied at stateside schools, both allopathic and osteopathic, but came up empty—he’d submitted his application a bit late in the enrollment season, and was told to reapply next year. But that wasn’t the answer he wanted, especially because he realized that if he waited for last year, his undergraduate biology and chemistry classes would be outdated and he’d have to retake them. (This is especially notable as at the time, Farrell was teaching anatomy and physiology at the college level.)

Farrell wanted to act now. Luckily, he had another option. A colleague of his pointed him in the direction of a Ross graduate currently practicing as an OB-GYN in Buffalo.

“[The Ross grad] told me her experience was great, she enjoyed the island, she had a good experience finding residency spots, and she thought it would be a great fit for me,” he says.

He called his mentor—a program director at George Washington University’s Spine & Pain Center, where Farrell had completed an externship—and said, “Hey, so I’ve been talking to some people about going to a Caribbean medical school.”

What he heard next shocked him.

“Mike,” his mentor replied, “I went to a Caribbean medical school.”

Thoughts on the Ross Curriculum

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A photo taken during Farrell's first night in Dominica.

After weighing his options, he ultimately chose Ross. After the speedy admissions process, he was on island in mere months after applying. He chose to enter the school’s accelerated curriculum after completing his first semester, meaning he’d finish academic study on the island a full semester early—16 months versus 20. That move isn’t for everyone, he stresses; the school also offers the Ross+ curriculum, which has students completing five on-island semesters as opposed to the four-semester path Farrell took.

“I know some students who did the [Ross+] track and it helped them tremendously,” he says.

On the academic side, Farrell was especially taken by the organ systems-based curriculum taught at Ross—a teaching model more relevant to clinical work that gives you a broad look at how the different systems in the body work together. Farrell actually preferred that method to the traditional curriculum offered at chiropractic school and some medical schools.

“In chiropractic school, you sat in microbiology class,” he explains. “Then you would go to your lecture in biochemistry. Then you would go from bio to neuro, and then from neuro to an adjusting class. Everything was very split up and regimented,” he says. “But it makes more sense that instead of having a lecture that’s just focused on physiology, you have a lecture that looks at the body system, looks at the physiology and chemical processes of that system, and mapped those things out.”

This approach especially helped him when he sat for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE®) Step 1. “I saw the level of integration they want you to have when they’re testing you on these types of things,” he says. “They really want you to be able to synthesize information from the basic sciences all the way up to clinical medicine. I think that’s what Step 1 is really a test of—if you can take those basic sciences facts and apply them to clinical situations, and then use them to care for a real person.”

Close to Home for Clinicals

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Farrell relaxing on a boat during third-semester break.

Now, after less than two years on the island, Farrell’s back in his home state of New York undergoing clinical rotations. He’s already completed all of his core rotations at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center—a feature of the Ross clinical program that he found especially appealing when he applied.

“I had friends who had gone to Caribbean schools who had moved around a lot [during clinicals], and that—and the cost associated with it—wasn’t something I was interested in,” Farrell says.

“But [Ross] explained to me during the interview that they offered track programs, and you can do all of your rotations in one spot.”

Because he was able to do his cores in his home state, Farrell was able to be in his sister’s wedding, serve as the best man in his uncle’s wedding, and meet other family obligations. “The only way I was able to do these things was because of the proximity,” he says.

What’s next? Farrell plans to participate in the 2017 National Resident Matching Program’s Main Residency Match. His goal—perhaps unsurprisingly, given his background—is to match into a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program.

“With PM&R, it’s not just taking and treating a person’s symptoms,” he says. “It’s looking at those symptoms and exploring how that disease affects a person’s ability to function, how it impacts their life, and how that impact restricts them from doing the things they want to do. That’s what we care about when we talk about health—whether your blood pressure is 130/80 or 135/80 doesn’t really keep me up at night, but what would concern me is if I couldn’t wake up and do all of the things that I wanted to do.”

So at the end of the day, did Farrell make the right call to attend Ross? He thinks so. “My time in the Caribbean—being exposed to island life—has really changed and shaped me as a person, even outside of the actual medical school and the curriculum,” he says. “I have no regrets at all—it was absolutely the right decision.”

Check out Farrell’s vlog on the Ability Science website. You also can follow the website on Twitter or Facebook.

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ALUMNI: Meet Pathology Resident Marilyn Nedumcheril, MD

September 19, 2016

Ross Alumna Marilyn Nedumcheril, MD, is currently a fourth-year pathology resident at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and will begin a surgical pathology fellowship with the institution in 2017.

Dr. Nedumcheril, a graduate of Temple University, is proud of her choice to pursue medicine. She was once a director at a sleep disorder center where she administered studies, she described it as “just a job.” However now, Dr. Nedumcheril says with confidence that the investments she’s made in time, money, energy and relationships was well worth it. She now has a career and one that she’ll be “happy to be working in for the next 30 years and more.”

Read about Dr. Nedumcheril’s experience below.


Ross: Why did you choose medicine?


Nedumcheril: I'd wanted to become a physician since as early as I can remember. Actually, my first grade teacher wrote in the year book about a student who had longed to be a cardiologist since the first time that she met her. Later, I learned she was talking about me! Though, my interest in medicine has changed since then. I'm not a cardiologist, my specialty is pathology.

I've always looked up to physicians and I've been interested in the human body. That’s why I chose medicine. 

Ross: Is it tough returning to school after having entered the workforce?

Nedumcheril: Going back to school can be very difficult after you've been working for a while. You get used to working. It's nice to have a regular pay check, it's nice to have your life – your routine. Deciding to attend medical school is like putting a pause on your life. Once you start medical school, basically, medicine is the most important thing in your life.

Ross: What would you say to someone who has the passion for medicine, but they're afraid? They fear starting over.

Nedumcheril: For those who are afraid of going into medicine for whatever reasons, I would say, just do it. If that's your passion, pursue it. 

Ross:
How did you learn about Ross?

Nedumcheril: When I worked at a hospital in Philadelphia, some of the physicians were from Ross. After looking into the school and considering the success of the physicians I knew and that of the other graduates, I thought it would be a good fit for me.

Ross: What was your experience like in Dominica?

Nedumcheril: It was a great experience living in Dominica. The friends that I've made are my friends for life now. The teachers were amazing. The island itself is beautiful. There's so much to do there - when you can find time when you're not studying. The experience was very positive, and I think being able to live in a country like Dominica, you can live anywhere. 

Ross:
What was clinical training in the United States like after you finished with the basic sciences portion of your medical education in Dominica?

Nedumcheril: The curriculum at Ross actually prepared me for clinical clerkships very well. From my perspective, all of the subjects we learned and the way we were taught is exactly like what’s taught at US medical schools. So, I felt very prepared during my clinical training. And, when I actually went to residency I knew everything I needed to know - I had a good foundation.

Ross: Tell me a bit about your clinical training experience.

Nedumcheril: So, one of the great aspects of Ross is that you get to do the clinical clerkships in different areas, if you prefer to conduct them that way. I chose to spread out my clerkships, just to have more experience at various hospitals and locations. I wanted to see how different hospitals operated. 

Ross:
How did you come to specialize in pathology?  

Nedumcheril: I had been interested in pathology because my mom's a forensic chemist, and so I'd been exposed to forensic pathology before coming to medical school - the interest was always there. When I was at Ross, the pathology instructors were amazing – they really, really were. They just enhanced my interest in pathology more. Ultimately, I did a clerkship at Saint Agnes Hospital, where I had a very good experience there too. I was very independent. The pathologists really respected my opinions and wanted to know my differentials. All of that led me to focus on pathology. 

Ross: Explain how you prepared for the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) match process.  

Nedumcheril: The match really was not a problem for me. It was just another application to complete. Ross prepared me for everything I needed to go into the match. I had the clinical clerkships, strong recommendations, and a good idea of what cities I wanted to live in because I had moved around a lot during med school. So, the match process actually wasn't really too bad. I didn't have the same anxiety I think that most people have when they go into the match. 

Ross:
How many programs did you interview for and did you get your top choice residency?  

Nedumcheril: So for pathology, I interviewed for about 10, and I got my second choice. 

Ross:
Have you experienced misconceptions about the quality of your education because you’ve trained outside of the United States?

Nedumcheril: Initially, the fact that I’ve received my education abroad is always in the background. So you just have to be better. Eventually, people forget that you're an international medical graduate. They realize you're just as capable, you know the same things, you perform the same way. 

Ross:
What would you say to someone who's thinking about pursuing a career in medicine?  

Nedumcheril: For people going into medicine or considering it, I think they should definitely look around and try to shadow a physician. They should see what the lifestyle is like, what the job is like. I think you should really look into what schools you want to attend.

Ross: What would you say to someone who is considering Ross?

Nedumcheril: You should go where you think you'll be happy, where your personality fits. Ross worked out well for me because it's a recognized school.
 

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STUDENTS: Slam Poet Gets Into the Rhythm of Medical School

September 08, 2016

Daniel Rock, second semester Ross student, with his wife Kate

Daniel Rock, second semester Ross student, with his wife Kate

Meet Daniel Rock, a Ross University School of Medicine student who applied his talent for slam poetry to improve his study skills through the Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP).

Ross: So, poetry and medicine—what’s the connection?
Daniel Rock: During undergrad at Stony Brook University, I used to compete in slam poetry [also known as spoken word or performance poetry]. You have to memorize your poems to perform them, but it’s more than that – we call it knowing something beyond memory. If you’re up there and you’re nervous but you know your poem beyond memory, you’ll still be able to perform and not forget it. So in MERP, I was able to use that skill to help me learn new information—making mnemonics, thinking of a rhyme, tying it to a specific experience. I started learning how to apply that skill in the beginning of MERP, and I’m so much better at it now. I’m able to retain massive amounts of information.

First impression of MERP?
At first it was a little bit of a wakeup call. I went in there with a lot of confidence, and then the first quiz I didn’t do so well. I realized I had to tweak my way of studying. But that’s what MERP is for—it was structured in a way to teach you about yourself and how to study. The professors say this all the time: it’s not just about passing, it’s about learning about yourself and becoming a better student.

What did you learn about yourself?
I realized I was a passive studier. In undergrad I wouldn’t read textbooks, I would just take notes from the lecture and that’s how I got by. I realized I couldn’t do that in MERP because of the degree of information you had to learn.

MERP helped me develop a system that worked for me, using skills I already had. Now I feel so much more prepared than I would’ve been if I had just walked into medical school.

Why did you choose Ross?
I didn’t apply to medical school after undergrad right away because I didn’t have enough clinical experience. So I did graduate research to increase my chances of getting into a stateside school, and I applied about three years after undergrad. It didn’t work out on the first cycle though. So I said, let me give myself another shot. I looked into other options and found out about Ross.

When I got the phone call telling me I’d been accepted to MERP, I was excited because I knew all I needed was a shot. As long as someone was willing to give me a chance, the rest was totally up to me and I knew I could make it happen.

How did you get interested in medicine?
Medicine was something I knew I wanted to do my whole life. I spent three years working in the ER, and 4-5 years in the EMS world. Emergency is what I love to do. I’m a very enthusiastic, dynamic person—I need to be on the run, on the move.

Any advice for other MERP students?
My best friend actually started MERP a few weeks ago. I told her, ‘Give it your all,’ because I can’t tell you how many times I’ll be sitting in class and I’m mentally thanking the professors I have in MERP. Even though it’s a ton of information, I have somewhat of a background because of MERP. I’m able to focus on the things I don’t know and not spend a lot of energy on concepts that I just need to review.

I would also say, ‘Get to know yourself.’ I thought I knew how to study, but MERP showed me that I had so much more potential. I had the passion to become a doctor, but MERP helped me develop the mindset. And I don’t think you can do medicine without both.

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ALUMNI: An Unconventional Path to Practicing Psychiatry

July 25, 2016

Kendra Campbell, MD, Ross Alumna
"I have this unique opportunity to make a profound impact on their lives," says psychiatrist Kendra Campbell, MD, of her patients. "And that is a very precious, fulfilling thing."

On her daily walk to the emergency room where she works in Manhattan, Dr. Kendra Campbell takes pictures of things that inspire her along the way.

Sometimes it’s a rusty pay phone, wires disconnected and receiver hanging askew. Sometimes it’s an abandoned Barbie doll, plastic hair matted with dirt. Sometimes it’s the rose-patterned skeleton of a sofa, cushions long gone and picked through for loose change.

Dr. Campbell passes by plenty of conventionally photogenic things, too—daffodils, murals, a glimpse of a pink-rimmed sunrise. But Dr. Campbell prefers the overlooked and discarded.

“I like finding beauty in things that you wouldn’t necessarily think are beautiful,” Dr. Campbell says.

It’s an outlook she brings to her job as Assistant Director of the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Many of the patients she sees are homeless, mistreated, or otherwise neglected—in addition to struggling with their mental health.

They’re by no means easy to work with. But that’s exactly why Dr. Campbell finds it so rewarding.

“What I like about being a psychiatrist in the emergency room is that you see people at their breaking points,” says Dr. Campbell. “I have this unique opportunity to make a profound impact on their lives. And that is a very precious, fulfilling thing.”

From Technician to Physician

Dr. Campbell grew up on a dairy farm in Luray, Virginia, where she was surrounded by animals and learned compassion for all living things—people included. She earned her degree in psychology at George Mason University in Virginia, and worked as a technician in a psychiatric hospital after graduation.

With an eye towards entering the medical field, Dr. Campbell switched jobs after a few years to do research with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). But it wasn’t what she’d hoped it would be.

“I was spending all my time with data instead of people,” Dr. Campbell says, “and it occurred to me that I didn’t want to do this for the rest of my life.”

That’s when she knew she wanted to be back in the hospital—not as a technician, but as a physician.

Thanks to her years at AAMC, she was intimately familiar with the U.S. medical education system. Instead of applying to U.S. medical schools, though, she chose to apply to Ross University School of Medicine on the Caribbean island of Dominica. She had always wanted to live abroad and decided this was the perfect opportunity.  

“I loved it,” Dr. Campbell says of her time in Dominica. “It was definitely challenging at times, but everyone was supportive, and all in all it was an extremely positive experience.”

Dr. Campbell completed her residency in psychiatry at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Then, she entered a dual fellowship program at Columbia University in public and emergency psychiatry, taking on her current role at the conclusion of the fellowship.

“I definitely found the right place for me,” she says. “I love what I’m doing.”

Treating the Whole Person

In the emergency room, Dr. Campbell sees dozens of patients in various stages of crisis. Although her approach varies depending on the situation, she tells every patient two things: You are normal, and there is hope.

This kind of reassurance is critical in psychiatry, where there are still pockets of stigma surrounding mental illness that act as a barrier to people getting the care they need.

“I tell my patients, ‘It’s okay. You are not strange, you are not crazy, you are not any of those things. You’re a normal person dealing with life,’” says Dr. Campbell. “And the second thing I tell them is that there is hope, you can get better. You don’t have to feel like this.”

Dr. Campbell takes a holistic approach to treating her patients, especially as their mental health issues are often intertwined with other factors, such as environment, family, and life circumstances. In this way, although she is called to see patients because of their psychiatric issues, Dr. Campbell also focuses on the other forms of dysfunction that plague her patients, and which serve as underlying causes.

“If you don’t look at the big picture of the patient as a total human being, then I think you really fail them,” says Dr. Campbell. “So I try to incorporate that into the work I do with my patients.”

For example, she recently started a program in the emergency room in which volunteers work with patients to do art projects, using clay and other art supplies. Interested patients will have the opportunity to contribute their work to a group art exhibit.

“The art they create, it’s just breathtaking,” says Dr. Campbell. “And it’s a way for them to share their stories and be heard.”

Social support is also a critical factor in patient wellness. And, as Dr. Campbell notes, that support doesn’t always have to be human.

Kendra Campbell, MD, Ross Alumna
Campbell and her canine companion, Scope, a mixed-breed Dominican dog.

“There are lots of studies that show all the positive impact pets can have on their owners’ physical and psychological well-being,” says Dr. Campbell. Benefits include decreasing loneliness, providing a sense of purpose and increasing self-confidence, according to the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI). For these reasons and more, animal-assisted therapy is increasingly being used as a strategy in treating depression1.

All in all, it’s about helping someone in a way that works for them.

“Just giving someone a pill isn’t going to fix them,” says Dr. Campbell. “I encourage patients to use everything at their disposal to get better—I don’t just focus on medications.”

On Feeling Unconventional

Dr. Campbell records her experiences in medicine on her blog at DoctorPsychobabble.com. Thanks to the blog’s popularity, over the years she’s received thousands of emails from aspiring medical students with whom her words have resonated.

Her inbox fills up with all sorts of questions, from medical school to residency to psychiatry. Still, one common theme tends to emerge: Should I go to medical school?

“I hear from many people who tell me they feel unconventional as a potential med student. Maybe they’re older, or they don’t have the highest GPA, or they’ve had a career in something else,” says Dr. Campbell. “They say, ‘I’ve been thinking about medical school—how do I decide if I should go?’”

She recommends getting as much experience as possible to test the waters and make sure it’s what you really want to do. “I can’t make that decision for anyone. But I am a chronic optimist and I believe in following your dreams,” she says. “If that’s your dream and you have the passion, go for it. At least try it. So many people live with regrets, and if you start the journey, at least you’ll know if it’s for you.”

As for Dr. Campbell, she knows it’s for her.

“Now I’m doing what I feel like I always wanted to do,” she says. “And I couldn’t have done it without Ross.”

1http://habri.org/depression

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CHIEF RESIDENT: Anesthesiology Resident Reflects on Career Path

March 16, 2016

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RUSM alumnus Dipan Patel, MD, Class of 2012, is a Chief Resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at New York Medical College. Dr. Patel shares his perspective on how to achieve career goals in medicine.

RUSM: What attracted you to RUSM?

PATEL: I was enrolled in a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy program and I had two close friends who attended Ross University [School of Medicine].  They spoke highly about their experience and how prepared they felt after successfully completing their licensing exams.  Their guidance was influential in my decision to leave pharmacy, in the back of my mind I had always wanted to become a physician. When I fully committed to pursuing my dream, the admissions counselors and administrative staff were very helpful in my transition process.

RUSM: How did you prepare for the NRMP® Match?

PATEL: Preparation for The MATCH℠ started with clinical rotations.  The clinical rotation sites at which I rotated offered opportunities within their respective hospitals to work directly with residents in all major sub-specialties and see what it took to build the skills necessary to obtain a residency.

RUSM: What are the top two or three ways RUSM helped prepare you for your residency position?

PATEL: RUSM arranged participation in strong clinical rotation sites with in-house residency programs. There were also helpful administrative staff members who facilitated and ensured that the ERAS® and NRMP process went smoothly (especially in regards to documentation, ECFMG® certification, etc.).

RUSM: What are the key factors that led to you achieving a chief resident position?

PATEL: Obtaining a position as chief resident is not something that happens overnight.  It starts the day you begin medical school.  You have the ability to decide the type of physician you want to be when you start, and it is up to you to maintain that drive until you reach your goal.   

RUSM: What additional responsibilities have you assumed since becoming a chief resident?

PATEL: As a chief resident, serving on influential committees and taking on administrative roles is only the beginning.  I have developed a joy in participating in major specialty societies (American Society of Anesthesiologists) and sub-specialty society committees in order to stay actively involved in my field.  Recently, I have taken on an active role as Vice Chairman of the North American Neuromodulation Society’s Residents and Fellows Committee for 2015-2016. 

RUSM: What’s next for you?

PATEL: I will be completing residency in June 2016, and I look forward to joining a private practice anesthesiology group and staying actively involved in major societies and committees within our specialty.

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CHIEF RESIDENT: Alumnus Talks about Career in Emergency Medicine

March 02, 2016

RUSM alumnus Deepak Vatti, MD, Chief Resident, State University of New York's Upstate Medical University

RUSM alumnus Deepak Vatti, MD, Chief Resident, State University of New York's Upstate Medical University

RUSM alumnus Deepak Vatti, MD, is completing an Emergency Medicine residency program at State University of New York's Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Dr. Vatti paused from his demanding schedule to talk about his experience at RUSM and his role as chief resident.
 
RUSM: What attracted you to RUSM?

DEEPAK: Ross University School of Medicine offered me a scholarship and allowed me to start in January. I was working as an EMT while also running a business called SpinoFlex that manufactures a device that helps people walk again after a spinal chord injury or stroke. The flexible start time at RUSM allowed me to make a smoother transition from my two jobs.

RUSM: How did you prepare for the NRMP® Match?


DEEPAK: I knew that I wanted to specialize in Emergency Medicine so I did all of my rotations in that specialty. I also made sure to rotate in hospitals that offered the potential for a residency so that the faculty would get to know me and I would develop an intimate knowledge of the hospital. In addition, I studied hard for the [USMLE®] Step exams because those scores indicate to residency programs whether you will be likely to pass your specialty-specific boards.

RUSM: What are the top two or three ways RUSM helped prepare you for your residency position?

DEEPAK: At RUSM I learned to be adaptable and go with the flow. I learned to overcome any obstacle and not become frustrated by the little things. There is a distinct personality you’ll find in people who graduate from RUSM. The students who succeed there tend to be leaders in whatever they do. They work hard, show up early, stay late, and understand that a lot of work goes into residency. For that reason, they seem to have an easier time making the transition. In addition, by virtue of being foreign medical grads, RUSM students learn to be organized and efficient with complex administrative processes instead of becoming frustrated by them. RUSM is almost like a boot camp – a lot of my friends from RUSM have become chief residents.

RUSM: What are the key factors that led to you achieving a chief resident position?

DEEPAK: My clinical rotations gave me a broad perspective on the practice of medicine. I did rotations in Miami, New York, Chicago, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maryland. In each of these hospitals I was able to see how medicine is performed, observe how different people solve problems, and identify common threads. This allows me to bring creative solutions to the table.

RUSM: What additional responsibilities have you assumed since becoming a chief resident?

DEEPAK: At SUNY Upstate, chief residents are in charge of the schedule for all of the residents that rotate through the emergency department. This is a unique challenge because we have an increasing volume in the hospital and we have to be efficient with the residents and not burn them out. We are also on the committee that is responsible for curriculum changes, and we advocate for residents during conflict resolutions.

RUSM: What’s next for you?

DEEPAK: I will be Associate Director of an Emergency Department in New Hampshire, where I’m from.  I am also staying on as faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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ALUMNI: Heart to Heart with Reid Muller, MD, FACC, FACP

February 11, 2016

Reid Muller, MD, FACC, FACP

Reid Muller, MD, FACC, FACP

In recognition of American Heart Month, the “Heart to Heart” series provides an inside look into the career path of cardiologists who got their start at RUSM. Below Dr. Muller shares his experience, including his position as a United States Air Force Flight Surgeon for the Air National Guard and Air Surgeon for the state of New York.


RUSM: What influenced your decision to pursue medicine?

MULLER:  I was influenced to go into medicine by my family doctor growing up. He was an amazing person and an incredible clinician.

RUSM: You mentioned that you were a United States Air Force Flight Surgeon for the Air National Guard, what was that like?


MULLER:
My Air Force career was quite varied. I started out as a squadron level flight surgeon in an airlift wing in Newburgh, NY. It offered opportunities to fly all over the world, as well as participate in humanitarian medical missions, particularly in Central America.

Eventually, I was offered command of a medical squadron attached to a fighter wing in Syracuse, near where I lived at the time. I was a squadron commander in a front-line fighter wing. I had the opportunity to fly at supersonic speeds and “pull G’s” (the act of diving and dropping an aircraft at such great accelerated speeds that a gravitational force is created) in fighter aircrafts such as the F-15 and F-16.

Then, 9-11 happened. For much of the next four years, I sometimes spent as much time on active duty as I did in private practice. I participated in multiple combat deployments, as well as a stint as the Task Force Surgeon at Ground Zero.

RUSM: What was your role like when you were selected as the Air Surgeon for New York State in 2007?

MULLER: I assumed oversight and supervision of the medical forces assigned to five Air Wings as well as the Eastern Air Defense Sector, and was responsible for the medical readiness of over 6,000 airmen. If New York was its own country, we would have the world’s 11th largest air force.

We additionally worked with state and federal agencies on disaster preparedness and response to weapons of mass destruction. Throughout my career, I think the consistent highlight was the opportunity to work with incredible people. I had X-ray techs whose ‘day’ job was CEO of a hospital, a nurse who was a Lieutenant in the NY Fire Department, a lab tech who ran the research labs at a major medical school; and I had the opportunity to care for many brave men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line to protect their country and their loved ones.

RUSM: Why did you choose cardiology as your specialty?
 
MULLER:  I decided to go into cardiology as a number of family members were stricken by heart disease. I found that this is what often influences many of us to choose our respective specialties.
 
RUSM: What do you find most rewarding about being a cardiologist?
 
MULLER:  I have found cardiology to be very rewarding - you have the opportunity to intervene in a person’s life at a particularly critical moment, salvage him or her from a potentially life-ending catastrophe, and restore patients to a decent quality of life and functionality.

 
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Graduated: RUSM Class of 1984

Positions

  • Air Surgeon, New York State
  • Member, New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct
  • Retired, United States Air Force Flight Surgeon, Air National Guard (25 years of service)


Post-Graduate Training

  • Internal Medicine Residency, Methodist Hospital, NY, NY
  • Cardiology Fellowship, Methodist Hospital, NY, NY


Professional Interests

  • Advanced heart failure
  • Mechanical support of the failing heart prior to transplant or in lieu of transplant


Education

  • Undergraduate: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Medical Education: Ross University School of Medicine


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CLINICALS: Take an Extended Look at Our BQNJ Clinical Track

January 19, 2016

Our clinical sciences curriculum is stronger than ever, in large part because all clinical students complete their clinical rotations in our "tracked" clinical programs. This means that as a Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) clinical student, you'll do all six of your core rotations within the same geographic area—and in some tracks, at the same hospital.

Let's take a closer look at one of our tracks. This one, called the BQNJ track (Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey), is on the East Coast and gives RUSM students the opportunity to complete rotations at three major area hospitals in the New York metropolitan area: Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY), Hoboken University Medical Center (Hoboken, NJ) and St. John's Episcopal Hospital (Far Rockaway, NY).

Detailed Look: Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (Brookdale) is one of Brooklyn's largest voluntary nonprofit teaching hospitals and a regional tertiary care center. Brookdale provides general and specialized inpatient care to thousands of people every year. It provides 24-hour emergency services, numerous outpatient programs and long-term specialty care.

RUSM clinical students can complete their internal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics cores at Brookdale.

Brookdale at a Glance

  • One of Brooklyn's largest full-service Emergency Departments (ED)
  • 530-bed not-for-profit teaching hospital
  • Home to a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory featuring high-tech imaging equipment
  • A regionally recognized Level I Trauma Center
  • A New York State Department of Health-designated Stroke Center
  • Brookdale's Schulman and Scachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation specializes in rehabilitative medicine and long-term specialty care
  • Pediatric department provides a wide range of services for children from birth to adolescence, as well as a pediatric sleep center for children with sleep disorders and comprehensive pediatric oncology and sickle cell disease divisions

Detailed Look: Hoboken University Medical Center

Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) provides advanced medical technologies in support of its medical staff, nursing team, and other caregivers, to enable quality care to citizens of Hoboken and the surrounding communities.

RUSM clinical students can complete their family medicine cores at HUMC.

HUMC at a Glance

  • A 333-bed hospital with a 34-bay ED
  • Has been awarded the Silver Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association for dedication to improving quality of care for stroke patients
  • Was ranked in the top ten in for care quality among all hospitals in the state of New Jersey with 350 beds or fewer
  • Features a dedicated OB/GYN ED
  • Specialties include inpatient rehabilitation, transitional care, and child/adult behavioral health
  • Includes divisions for women's care, wound care, and numerous surgical subspecialties

Detailed Look: St. John's Episcopal Hospital

St. John's Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) serves the entirety of the Rockaway and Five Towns communities in New York.

RUSM clinical students can complete their OB/GYN and psychiatry cores at SJEH.

SJEH at a Glance

  • SJEH's Department of Psychiatry provides the community with comprehensive psychiatric and mental health care services
  • Psychiatry services include a wide range of inpatient and outpatient programs for short- and long-term needs for all ages
  • Offers two dedicated inpatient units for admitted psychiatric patients, each with a chief psychiatrist, a dedicated psychiatrist, and a staff of nurses, psychologists, and social workers
  • Includes 18 beds for general psych unit, and 25 beds primarily for geriatric patients
  • SJEH's OB/GYN Department provides comprehensive care for women of all ages
  • OB/GYN services includes well-woman visits and screenings, routine and high-risk obstetrics, reproductive endocrinology/infertility services, minimally invasive surgery, and gynecological oncology

Program ACGME Approvals and Notes About Licensure

  • Brookdale is actively involved as a major teaching hospital, sponsoring Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved programs in internal medicine, surgery and pediatrics.
  • HUMC is actively involved as a major teaching hospital, sponsoring Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved program in family medicine.
  • SJEH is actively involved as a major teaching hospital sponsoring Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved programs in psychiatry.
  • All rotations meet the requirements for the California Business and Professional Code for residency training and licensure.
  • SJEH is a participating hospital under the ACGME-approved program in family medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital. OB/GYN falls under the family medicine umbrella.
  • Texas requires that rotations be completed at a hospital where a residency program is in place for that specialty (either ACGME or AOA). Internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and family medicine meet this requirement. Ultimately, RUSM graduates can obtain licensure in Texas after completion of an ACGME-approved residency program and obtaining board certification in that specialty.

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CAREERS: New Jersey Physician Workforce Gets Big Boost from RUSM

January 06, 2016

A new article in the Newark Star-Ledger, the flagship newspaper of the state of New Jersey, reports that doctors from international medical schools comprise over 38% of the Garden State’s physician workforce. This is the highest percentage of international medical graduates (IMGs) in the U.S., ranking just ahead of New York and Florida.* 

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has been a mainstay in the New York City metro area for nearly 40 years, and annually admits and graduates students from the area. Over the last five years, RUSM graduates have attained over 200 residency positions in New Jersey alone, providing an additional boost to the state’s physician ranks along with the state’s local medical schools.

“Many Ross University School of Medicine students call New Jersey home and choose to return to the state to complete their residency training,” said Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, dean and chancellor of RUSM, in the article.

Check out the article here.

*These data, and much more information on the makeup of the United States physician workforce, are available in the 2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book, a publication of the Center for Workforce Studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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THE TOP 15 FROM 2015: Some of Our Favorite Stories This Year

December 22, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we're looking back at some of our most interesting and exciting stories. From clinical updates to student and graduate success stories, help us say goodbye to 2015 with some of our favorite posts from this year!

MATCH: 800+ RUSM Grads Earn Residencies in 2015, Breaking Institutional Records

We're very proud to announce that more than 800 Ross University School of Medicine graduates earned residency appointments in 2015. Our alumni earned residencies in very 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. >> Read More

OPPORTUNITY: RUSM Students Join US Navy Ship COMFORT Clinics on Medical Mission in Dominica

About 900 Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) students joined medical personnel from the US Navy’s hospital ship USNS COMFORT to provide health services to people in Dominica while the ship was docked there between July 28 and Aug. 6. >> Read More

ALUMNI PROFILE: One Grad's Path from Teacher, to Student, to Resident of the Year

Ray King, MD, PhD, a RUSM Class of 2010 graduate, was just named Resident of the Year at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Georgia Regents University, Augusta. Dr. King is the chief resident in surgery, and is just about to complete his training. It goes without saying that we’re immensely proud of Dr. King’s accomplishment, but—given the caliber of our students and graduates—we also aren’t that surprised. What might surprise you, though, is the path he ultimately took to become a physician. Because it’s the opposite of what you’d expect. >> Read More

CLINICAL SPOTLIGHT: Making Our Strong Clinical Program Even Stronger

We’re excited about some of the great new developments in the clinical program at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). From dedicated student support teams to new U.S. regional hubs that serve as convenient, single-location “academic homes” for our clinical students, there’s a lot for our students to look forward to—and even more enhancements headed your way in the future. >> Read More

ADMISSIONS ADVICE: Steps for Success on Your Medical School Interview

The medical school interview is a crucial component of the admissions process, and can make or break your candidacy for medical school. Your credentials and accomplishments on paper have gotten you this far—now, the school is asking for the opportunity to get to know you in person. That’s a big deal. We sat down with Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Graduate Admissions Advisor Matt Fessler, who had some helpful suggestions on how to prepare and conduct yourself to ensure you will stand out in your interview. >> Read More

CHIEF RESIDENTS: RUSM Grads Earn Chief Resident Spots for 2015-2016 Residency Year

Hundreds of Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) graduates started residency training just a few months ago, in July. In the meantime, many of our graduates who are already deep in their training have earned the distinction of being named chief residents for the 2015-2016 year. Chief residents are generally appointed by the program director of a given residency program, and they’re entrusted with developing clinical rotation schedules, performing administrative duties, and supervising junior residents, among other responsibilities. Curious whether a friend or classmate of yours was appointed chief resident recently? Check out the list. >> Read More

STUDENTS: RUSM Clinical Student Gets Published on Major Healthcare Blog

The first time Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) clinical student Marc Katz submitted a piece of his writing to KevinMD.com—a popular,  influential healthcare blog run by New Hampshire-based internal medicine physician Kevin Pho —he didn’t think much of it. The day after he submitted the post, he was surprised to see he had already gotten an email back saying his story was accepted. His initial thought? “Well…I guess people are going to see this now,” he laughs. >> Read More 

ALUMNI PROFILE: RUSM Grad Who Completed MERP Is Now Chief Resident in Surgery

Sola Fasusi, MD, readily admits that when he found out that he’d been recommended to the Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP), his pride took a hit. He had already had been waitlisted at two United States medical schools, had taken the MCAT twice, and had applied to Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) only after a friend mentioned the school in passing. He was granted conditional acceptance to RUSM, on the condition that he successfully complete MERP before starting as a first-semester med student. “It was a shot to my ego,” remembers Dr. Fasusi. “But it fueled a fire in me, and I realized I had two decisions: either wait to see if I could possibly get into one of those two US medical schools, or take the RUSM opportunity now.” He chose the latter. And he’s glad he did. >> Read More

CLINICAL SPOTLIGHT: St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac

Established in 1927, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) is a long-time healthcare provider in Oakland County. A 443-bed comprehensive community and teaching hospital, SJMO is ranked in the top five percent of hospitals across the nation for clinical excellence and women’s health, and has earned a position among the top 50 US cardiovascular programs. >> Read More

VIEWPOINT: Faculty Member Sees an "Unbelievable" Transformation at RUSM

Davendra Sharma, MBBS, DM, professor and interim chair of behavioral sciences, has been at Ross University School of Medicine for over 20 years. Here, he explains not only the great transformations taking place on campus, but also his unique path from skeptic outsider to passionate advocate of the university. "We have grown as a force that is beyond comparison. We have something that goes beyond materialism. We have the commitment. We have the love for our students. That is what this school is all about, or I would not have been here so long." >> Read More

MATCH: Surgery Residency Brings RUSM Student Closer to Dream Career

Shortly after attending the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) Match Celebration in New York on March 21, Jairo Espinosa, who is scheduled to graduate in May, plans to do some traveling. Completing his last clinical clerkship had been “very, very surreal,” he said. “It was a crazy feeling.” After all, he had been working so hard since enrolling in medical school, with barely a break. “I like to plan ahead,” he said, and so he made the arrangements for a month-long trip to Europe and Asia, right after learning where he had matched, and before he was to begin the residency. Jairo landed a surgery residency at Western Michigan University. >> Read More

CARMS: Two Tragic Stories Started This New Resident on Her Path to Practice Medicine

For January 2015 graduate Sisi Li—like many of her classmates at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM)—the seeds that would ultimately grow into a calling to practice medicine were planted early in life, when she was still a young child. But unlike other RUSM graduates, her path to practice didn’t start with toy stethoscopes or stuffed animals standing in for patients. Instead, it started with her hearing two tragic stories that impacted her family before she was ever born—stories that affected her more than she knew at the time. >> Read More

CLINICALS: RUSM Offers United Kingdom-New Jersey Clinical Track

Ross University School of Medicine is excited to announce the new United Kingdom and New Jersey track program, dubbed the UKNJ Track. Students will spend 24 straight weeks each in the United Kingdom and in New Jersey hospitals. Students will complete surgery, pediatrics and OB/GYN clinical rotations at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, just outside of London. >> Read More

RESCUE: RUSM Faculty Save a Passenger's Life on a Plane

“Is there a doctor in the house?” is something most of us have heard only in a scene in a movie, but for two Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) physician colleagues, the urgent announcement, “Is there a doctor on the plane?” was very real. They were flying home from the RUSM Leadership Conference, held Sept. 17-19 in Cancun, Mexico. Sean Gnecco, MD, RUSM Associate Professor in the Internal Medicine Foundations program, and Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences, Iriana Hammel, MD, FACP, AGSF, heeded the call for a doctor immediately. >> Read More

MATCH: RUSM Student Lands Her First Choice for Residency

Marcella Perez, set to graduate in May 2015 from Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), plans to bring 25 family members to the commencement ceremony in Coral Gables, Florida. She was born and raised in New Jersey, and some relatives are coming from there, some from Tampa, and some from as far away as Colombia. And after Perez's successful Match today—at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Family Medicine Program, her first choice—she and her family have even more to celebrate. >> Read More

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MATCH: Students, Grads All Smiles at RUSM Residency Reception in NY

March 26, 2015

Katie Angelova
Katie Angelova (left), set to graduate from RUSM at the end of March 2015, matched in psychiatry this year at Richmond University Medical Center, New York. She attended a recent Match reception, held by RUSM, with guest and third-year clinical student Nick Suraci (right).

It’s Saturday night on March 21, less than 24 hours after Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) students learned where they matched for residencies across the United States. At the Pier Sixty waterfront banquet hall in New York City, scores of RUSM students are chatting, cheering, hugging.

Some guests hover by real-time video-linked monitors—installed so students could connect with peers and friends in Illinois and Florida at separate Match receptions—waving to friends hundreds of miles away. Others pose for photos, snack on hors d’oeuvres, and swap stories about how they’d reacted to the good news they received on Friday.

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At about the 8:15 PM mark, William Lynn Weaver, MD— Interim Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences—steps to the microphone and starts chanting three words: We are Ross. It takes a few seconds, but slowly, guests stop what they’re doing and join in.

The chanting quiets down. “This is the first step,” Dr. Weaver says. “We want you to be extremely successful, and happy, in what you’re doing.”

RUSM Students, Graduates React to Residency Match

Given the mood at Saturday’s event, there was no shortage of happiness that night.

“I was jumping up and down,” said David Maldow of his initial reaction to learning he matched in radiology at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York—his first choice. “RUSM gave me every opportunity to succeed, and I did—and I’m very, very thankful.”

Alisa Coleman had similar words. “I couldn’t be more excited,” says the RUSM student, who is set to graduate in May 2015. “I’m really proud of all of us.” Coleman also received her first choice in residency, a psychiatry spot at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

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Simon Tiu, MD (above, left), landed a preliminary surgery residency at LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans. Dr. Tiu is pictured with William Lynn Weaver (right), MD, FACS, RUSM Interim Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences.

"I Looked at My Phone and Was Speechless"

It was my number one choice was a fairly common refrain that night. Asif Uddin, MD, who graduated RUSM in November 2014, earned his #1 choice for residency at Kansas University Medical Center in psychiatry/internal medicine.

“I was ecstatic,” Dr. Uddin said. “More in shock than anything.”

The same, perhaps, could be said of November 2014 graduate Simon Tiu, MD, when he learned that had landed his first-choice residency in preliminary surgery at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

“I looked at my phone and was speechless,” he said. “I didn’t know what to think. I’m super stoked, and proud to be a RUSM graduate.”

For Katie Angelova, who will graduate from RUSM at the end of March, successfully matching signified the end of one leg of her journey—and she’s excited to begin the next part. Angelova matched in psychiatry at Richmond University Medical Center, NY.

“The first thing that crossed my mind [when I matched] was that I’ll finally see a paycheck for the first time in years,” she laughed. “Then the excitement came.”

“To RUSM, I just want to say thank you,” she added. “They really got us where we needed to be.”

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Volunteer Work and Cultural Experiences Earned Student a Scholarship

February 02, 2015

Valentino Baldeo desires to be a physician for one reason: to heal. “I’m not persuaded by money or prestige,” says Valentino.
 

His deep desire to heal was developed after experiencing several close relatives battle with physical and mental illnesses – including prostate cancer, breast cancer, suicide attempt and inoperable pulmonary emboli.
 

Influenced by his father, Valentino decided to pursue a medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine. His father, a pediatric neurologist, graduated from RUSM in 2003 and is a member of the university’s clinical faculty at South Nassau Hospital in New York.

“I’ve watched my father and have seen the care he displays with patients. He seemingly heals those he touches – it’s awe-inspiring,” says Valentino. “I don’t want to walk in his footsteps. I want to walk alongside him, able to do everything I can for those who need help.”

Valentino received the Community Health Leadership Award largely due to his volunteer work. He worked alongside a Child Life Specialist in the emergency room at Winthrop University Hospital. Assisting his father, he aided in examining patients at Skeldon Hospital and an orphanage - both in Guyana. Also, Valentino helped register Spanish-speaking patients at Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center in Wyandanch, NY.

Valentino’s diverse network of friends and cultural background has shaped his perspective on medicine. “I’ve associated with rich and poor people. I’ve had exposure to Hindu, Muslim and Christian religions. And, I’ve befriended people of various ethnicities,” says Valentino. “It’s not about color, nor class. I see health, because that’s what matters.”

 

Tags: Admissions , New York

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Meet RUSM Alumna Dr. Sonnad

July 29, 2014

RUSM alum Shantala Sonnad, M.D., was recently named director of Health Quest Urgent Care in Wappingers Falls, NY.  Read the full article in the Poughkeepsie Journal.  

 

Dr. Sonnad followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming a physician. See video to get a closer look into Dr. Sonnad’s background and perspective on providing urgent care.

 

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