Why Ross?

At Ross University School of Medicine, we know what it takes to help dedicated, qualified individuals become successful physicians. By providing students with a clear, proven medical school program, diverse hands-on experiences, an early introduction to the clinical side of medicine, and access to advanced technologies, we have produced more than 12,000 highly adaptive physicians. They're practicing in every US state, in Canada, and across the world.

Here are just a few of the ways our medical school maintains a reputation for excellence:

US-Modeled Medical School Curriculum

Ross University School of Medicine thoroughly grounds you with a rigorous, organ systems-based basic sciences curriculum called Foundations of Medicine. This means that the teaching of medicine is organized by the systems within the body, like the digestive or respiratory systems. This approach, which mirrors how medicine is actually practiced, gives you a big-picture look at the physiological, anatomical, and biochemical processes of an organ system all at once.  Students spend 16 to 20 months (four or five semesters, depending which curriculum track they select) on RUSM's preclinical campus on the Caribbean island of Dominica, exposing them to the practice of medicine in a global, international sense.

Technology-Enabled Learning Environment

Technology is part of the fabric of Ross University School of Medicine. At RUSM, you'll benefit from exceptional teaching and laboratory facilities designed with extensive multimedia and simulation capabilities. Our highly advanced anatomy and medical imaging laboratory provides a unique learning experience that begins your first week at RUSM. You will also benefit from early clinical experience in our internationally accredited Simulation Institute.

Committed Faculty

Ultimately, what makes a medical school is the quality of its faculty. At Ross University School of Medicine, you’ll benefit from faculty with excellent credentials as physicians, teachers and researchers. Every member of the RUSM faculty holds an MD, PhD, or comparable degree. Many are also board certified in their specialties.

Clinical Rotations in Quality US Hospitals

Ross University School of Medicine's strong network of U.S. teaching hospitals helps set us apart from other medical schools. These affiliations allow our students to receive superior education while completing their clinical rotations in the US. Our network of affiliated institutions includes some of the best known teaching hospitals in the country.

Performance on USMLE Step 1

Performance on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is one of the most important determinants in a medical student's ability to obtain the residency of his or her choosing. Many residency directors will evaluate a potential resident using his or her medical school's first-time pass rate on USMLE Step 1, versus the comparative pass rate achieved by students in the US and Canada. In 2013, RUSM achieved a first-time pass rate of 97 percent on USMLE*, which is on par with the rate achieved by US and Canadian schools, and above the rate achieved by osteopathic schools (94 percent) and international schools (79 percent).**

 *Source: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

**Source: National Board of Medical Examiners Annual Reports 

In raw numbers, 909 out of 936 first-time test takers passed USMLE Step 1 on the first attempt.

Track Record of Residency Success

Many of our graduates obtain residencies at the earliest available start dates and are well received by residency directors in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved hospitals throughout the United States. In 2015 RUSM graduates earned more than 800 residency positions, the most in school history and the second consecutive year that RUSM has topped 800 placements. RUSM students from Canada matched into positions at eight different medical institutions across Canada.


Some states (New Jersey, New York, California and Florida) require approval for international medical schools. Ross University School of Medicine is proud to be approved in each of these states. In addition, the Texas Medical Board has concluded that Ross University School of Medicine is substantially equivalent to Texas Medical Schools.  Ross graduates can obtain their licenses in Texas.

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