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At Home and Abroad: Ross Grad Realizes His Calling

01/15/09

(North Brunswick, NJ)—From an early age, Dr. Rajiv M. Tejura ‘08 was determined to become a physician and help those less fortunate. So, after graduating from Ross University School of Medicine in May, no one was surprised when he immediately packed his bags and left for South Africa to work with African Impact, a volunteer networking organization.

The training Dr. Tejura received at Ross, first in Dominica and then during his clinical rotations at world-class medical centers throughout New York including Mount Sinai Medical Center, Kings County Hospital, Queens Hospital Center, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and St. Barnabas Hospital Center, was immediately put to the test in Africa.

“Having just qualified as a physician and then placed right into an attending position it was difficult to cope in the beginning,” he said. “However, after a week of hard work everything seemed to fall into place.”

Dr. Tejura visited two different medical clinics in small, underserved areas outside Cape Town, South Africa. Both clinics provide critical medical services to local communities that tragically lack resources.

For eight weeks, Dr. Tejura provided medical care for a range of conditions including caring for expectant mothers, conducting family planning counseling, providing general pediatric care, testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and caring for patients with tuberculosis, pneumonia and various skin infections.

“By the end of the experience I cared for more than 250 patients, at least one-third of whom had HIV/AIDS, and my confidence as a physician grew exponentially,” he said.

With the solid educational foundation he acquired at Ross, Dr. Tejura was able to excel and lead a team of medical personnel as they cared for patients in impoverished communities. This soul-searching adventure has inspired Dr. Tejura to continue to pursue a career in medicine within underserved communities in the United States.

“I was fortunate to be able to go to Africa and use my skills to help the local community, but you don’t have to travel far to accomplish something great. Help can start at home. If you have the means, volunteering a little of your time can make such a big difference. It may seem small on an individual level, but remember that you are not alone. Together as a unified community we can move mountains,” he noted.

About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University, founded in 1978, is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, with a new location in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts. The first four semesters of pre-clinical training are taught in Dominica over a 16-month period. Students complete their fifth semester, Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine, in Miami, Florida; Saginaw, Michigan; or Dominica. Semesters six through ten consist of core and elective clinical rotations in U.S. affiliated teaching hospitals. Ross University graduates are eligible to practice medicine in all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico upon successful completion of the requisite licensing examinations.
Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit www.rossu.edu or call 732.509.4600.

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