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STUDENTS: White Coat Transforms Students into Doctors-in-Training

February 06, 2017

An outstanding White Coat ceremony on January 13 transformed the new cohort of RUSM students into doctors-in-training. The event was attended by Dominica dignitaries including His Excellency the President, Charles Savarin and Mrs. Savarin as well as the Prime Minister the Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit.  As the Hon. Ian Douglas, Minister of Trade, Energy & Employment, and Parliamentary Representative for the Portsmouth Constituency said to the class of 2021, “You have chosen perhaps the best place on earth to begin your medical education.”                             

Also on the program was Her Excellency Ambassador Linda Taglialatela US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, who said, “I send warmest regards from the President and the Department of State and wish you well as you begin your medical careers. I know that all of us at the ceremony, and surely everyone around the world watching it on livestream, were impressed with the high-level attention and encouragement given to the students who are embarking on the quest to become physicians.”

In his keynote address Ray King, MD, PhD, (RUSM ’10) hit a home run, as an engaging speaker, a successful practicing physician, and a role model for work/life balance. Dr. King is a board certified surgeon and is currently in private practice with the Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates in Georgia. He was accompanied by his wife, RUSM alumna Jessica Van Beek-King, MD (RUSM ’10) and their two daughters.

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CAMPUS: Watch the Transformation at White Coat

January 12, 2017

Ross alumnus Ray King, MD, PhD, with his family.

Ross alumnus Ray King, MD, PhD, with his family.

On January 13, 2017 the traditional White Coat ceremony will transform the new cohort of RUSM students into doctors-in-training. Watch the livestream of the White Coat ceremony on the Dominica campus at exmediasite.rossmed.edu.dm/webcast.  The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EST, and the livestream will be available from 12:30 p.m. EST.

The keynote speaker will be alumnus Ray King, MD, PhD, who earned his MD from RUSM in 2010 and his PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine in 2002. He is a colorectal surgeon at University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

He completed a post-doctoral fellowship with a focus on neural stem cell transplant and molecular imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Prior to obtaining his MD, Dr. King taught anatomy at several medical schools in the Boston area and abroad. He also served as Assistant Professor of Anatomy at RUSM from 2004 -2008. During the last two years as a faculty member, he concurrently attended RUSM as a medical student. Dr. King obtained a categorical residency position in the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). He served as the chief surgery resident in 2014-2015, during which time he was voted as Resident of the Year at MCG. During his residency he served on several committees with the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery. He then went on to complete his fellowship training in Colon & Rectal Surgery at University of Minnesota.

Dr. King is a board certified surgeon and is currently in private practice with the Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates in Georgia. His wife, Jessica Van Beek-King, is also a Ross alumnus (2010). She completed her training in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia, and then went on to complete a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Lurie Children’s Hospital/Northwestern University in Chicago. She is a board certified Head & Neck surgeon and an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Drs. King and Van Beek-King have two young daughters.
 

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RECAP: New Students and Special Guests at 2016 White Coat Ceremony

September 16, 2016

Each incoming class at Ross University School of Medicine participates in the traditional White Coat Ceremony, held on the Dominica campus, at which the new medical students are helped by faculty members to don their white coats for the first time.

This semester’s White Coat Ceremony took place on Friday, September 9, 2016 and was attended by several government officials, as well as by the US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela.

Minister of Trade, Energy and Employment and Parliamentary Representative for the Portsmouth Constituency, Ian Douglas, welcomed the new class to Dominica, and to the Portsmouth/Picard area. “Portsmouth is a special place with special magic,” he said. “You have chosen a most excellent place to pursue your medical education.”

Ambassador Taglialatela spoke to the new medical students about public service.  “Take pride in what you do.  Harness what motivates you and make a difference. I serve the public and so will you,” she said.  “I urge you to press ahead. No matter where you serve you will make the world a better place.”

Dean and Chancellor Joseph Flaherty, MD, advised “Stay connected. What’s gotten you here is your individual work. In medicine it’s all team effort that gets you moving forward.” He added, “You’re going to make it. We’re going to make every effort to see that you do.” 

The keynote speaker was alumnus Dr. Hussain Elhalis (RUSM ’10), an ophthalmologist who practices in Ocala, FL. “The journey will not be easy,” he said. “But if you’re up to the challenge, Ross will give you the tools to help you achieve your dreams. Ross provided me with the knowledge to make my own success.”

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WATCH: Video from the September 2016 White Coat Ceremony

September 09, 2016

Hussain Elhalis, MD (RUSM ’10), the guest speaker for the September 2016 White Coat Ceremony, is an ophthalmologist practicing cataract, cornea and refractive surgery in Ocala, Florida.

Hussain Elhalis, MD (RUSM ’10), the guest speaker for the September 2016 White Coat Ceremony, is an ophthalmologist practicing cataract, cornea and refractive surgery in Ocala, Florida.

The White Coat Ceremony for Ross University School of Medicine's incoming September 2016 class was held Friday, September 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET on the Dominica campus.

The guest speaker, alumnus Dr. Hussain Elhalis (RUSM ’10), is an ophthalmologist practicing cataract, cornea and refractive surgery in Ocala, Florida. He is the co-author of several publications and poster presentations. It is always thrilling and inspirational for the new students to hear from a successful member of our RUSM alumni who, not long ago, was sitting in their seats, and is now a practicing physician. 

Watch the video here.

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Meet White Coat Speaker Dr. Mark Kimpton: RUSM Alum and Faculty Member

May 12, 2016

Dr. Mark Kimpton (RUSM ’94)

Dr. Mark Kimpton (RUSM ’94)

On May 13, 2016, the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) White Coat speaker will be
an alumnus who is now a faculty member. The ceremony for new students will be held on the Dominica campus at 2 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the RUSM website.

Dr. Mark Kimpton graduated from RUSM in 1994. In January of this year he joined the Department of Clinical Medicine as an assistant professor, with a focus on the Enhanced Standardized Patient Program, Small Group Learning-Interview Skills Training, Physical Exam Skills training, and Clinical Simulation training. Dr. Kimpton earned his undergraduate degree at Radford University, Radford VA. He also served in the U.S. ARMY as a combat medical specialist from 1983 to 1989, and was honorably discharged. He is sure to have an inspirational message for the new students, who will be donning their white coats for the first time.

Be sure to tune in to the livestream on May 13 to watch new RUSM students become doctors-in-training and hear Dr. Kimpton's words of encouragement for them. Click here to view the webcast. Please note that the stream will not be available until 1:30 p.m. ET.


 

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WATCH: Video of May 2016 White Coat Ceremony

May 12, 2016

New medical students at Ross University School of Medicine became doctors-in-training at the traditional White Coat Ceremony on May 13, which was streamed live for family and friends.

We recorded the video for you: watch it below.

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