Doctor-Patient Skills Learned at Ross Integral to Professional Success, Alumnus Says


(North Brunswick, NJ)—What causes sleep apnea? What factors lead to insomnia? Does diet affect sleep habits? These are just some of the questions that Ross School of Medicine alum Dr. Namita Joshi ‘95 is currently exploring in her new position as a fellow within Capital Health System’s Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, located in Hamilton, NJ.

As far back as she can remember Dr. Joshi has dreamed of practicing medicine. Those dreams finally started to turn into reality during her undergraduate studies at Boston University, where she majored in both economics and physical medical rehabilitation.

“As a child, it all sounded so easy. Go to school, get good grades and become a doctor. The steps I took at Boston University gave me a small taste of what might be in store for me in this profession, but it wasn’t until I went to Ross University that I was able to take those arduous class hours and put what I had studied to real-world use.”

At Ross, Dr. Joshi took advantage of some unique programs that allowed her to interact with “real live” patients and perform basic medical tasks under the supervision of a Ross instructor, such as participating in the student-run AMSA Health Fair where she performed physical examinations to promote health awareness, and volunteering at the Grotto Home in Dominica, an institution that she visited monthly to assist with general health examinations for residents in the psychiatric unit.

“One of the reasons I chose Ross University was because of the School’s outstanding affiliations with medical institutions in the Northeast. But more importantly, I chose Ross for the opportunities it offers students to practice what is learned in the classroom and in the field,” she said.

“Many of the medical issues that people deal with are not always black and white. There are thousands of different reasons why an individual might suffer from a heart attack. Ross taught me to analyze every patient’s situation, to be ready to adapt to any setting, and that the key to becoming a successful doctor is having well-honed doctor-patient skills.”

At the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Joshi is responsible for researching, studying and treating patients who suffer from sleep disorders. She noted that the skills she acquired at Ross working directly with the people of Dominica have enabled her to excel in her new role.

“Practicing in Dominica has given me an advantage that many of my peers do not share,” she said. “International medicine exposed me to so many different types of people, whose ages ranged from infants to seniors and who suffered from an array of medical conditions. Like heart attacks, there are also thousands of factors that can influence sleep and each patient’s personal life can dramatically affect his or her sleep pattern. The art of listening to a patient and, from that, diagnosing their symptoms is and always will be essential to my medical career.”

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 or call 732.509.4600.