RUSM Alumna Focuses on Doctor–Patient Relationship


Dr. Zoe Wilson '06

Dr. Zoe Wilson '06

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—February 23, 2011—For Ross alumna Dr. Zoe Wilson ‘06, establishing a strong doctor–patient relationship is a number one priority. So when she started her psychiatry rotation and was introduced to the biopsychosocial model—a medical approach based on the idea that biological, psychological and social factors all play a significant role in human functioning in the context of disease or illness—she knew she had found her specialty.

“I loved every rotation, but it wasn’t until I did my psychiatry rotation at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY, that I knew the specific direction I wanted to take,” said Dr. Wilson. “There was so much more about the patients that I wanted to know in my other rotations, which I felt was essential in treatment, and psychiatry gave me the opportunity to learn that information and get to know my patients on a deeper level.”

Dr. Wilson will soon complete her second year of a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has already passed part 1 of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certification exam and will take part 2 in September. Before that, however, she will marry and move to Louisville, KY, where she plans to work as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

“I love working at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and it has been a pleasure teaching University of Pennsylvania medical students and residents, but I am looking forward to establishing myself and focusing on my interests, which include treatment of anxiety and eating disorders, substance abuse and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” she said.

Since graduating from RUSM, Dr. Wilson has been appointed as an assistant instructor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She pre-matched and completed her adult psychiatry training at Loyola University/Stritch School of Medicine, where she was appointed chief resident during her third year of training and earned the Loyola University Department of Psychiatry Achievement Award for Clinical Practice. In addition, she has participated in several research projects and has been published in the journal Current Psychiatry.

Dr. Wilson noted that she is grateful to Ross for giving her the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of her father and uncle, who are both physicians. She added that her brother, John Wilson, also wants to become a physician and that she is currently helping him through the RUSM application process.

“Ross gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream and it can do the same for others, such as my brother,” she said. “I had a wonderful experience at Ross. I feel that it is a privilege to be a physician and that there is no better occupation.”

About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Located in Dominica, West Indies, the School of Medicine places more graduates into US residencies annually than any other medical school in the world and has clinical education centers in Miami, FL and Saginaw, MI. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.

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