RUSM Student's Drive to Overcome Leads to Success


Jonathan Robinson

Jonathan Robinson

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—April 29, 2011—In just a few short weeks, Jonathan Robinson will receive his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and begin a general surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the most prestigious medical institutions in the United States.

“I was fortunate enough to pre-match at my first choice hospital. It was a slam dunk for me,” he said.
Jonathan’s dream to become a physician first took root in third grade when his mother was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. His resolve only strengthened during her eventual recovery—but the path he took to become one was anything but easy.

Born in Colombia, Jonathan came to the U.S. with his mother when he was nine. Right away, he had to face a daunting language barrier, and a year later he started working at a maintenance company when most of his friends were off playing ball. Jonathan’s family supported his decision to become a doctor and eventually made it possible for him to stop working and focus on school. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in the biological basis of behavior and a double minor in chemistry and psychology. From 2005 to 2007, he worked as a research specialist in the University of Pennsylvania’s Medial Department-Renal Electrolyte Division, where he ran experiments and co-authored several published studies.

During his undergraduate years, Jonathan balanced his time between studying and playing football. A serious injury in the beginning of his junior year that effectively ended his season ended up being a blessing in disguise, as it introduced him to the field of orthopedic medicine.

“During my long road to recovery, I was able to observe and work with the Penn sports medical staff and shadow our team doc,” he said. “It was during this time that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in orthopedics. Being an athlete, the musculoskeletal system has always fascinated me. Every athlete is concerned with the physical health of his or her bones and muscles, but I was intrigued by the healing power of bones.”

Jonathan learned about Ross from a childhood friend who was familiar with the school and urged him to seriously consider it.

“Going to Ross was a great decision for me,” he said. “I had never been in a situation before where I could totally focus on my studies. For the first time, I was able to focus on nothing else but my goal.”

He notes that his time at Ross taught him to be able to adapt to “just about any situation.”

“Each day brought new challenges. I experienced my first earthquake during an anatomy practical in Dominica. I managed to keep my composure and focus on the task at hand,” he explained. “Knowing how to adapt well to different situations also served me well during my clinicals. I made a conscious effort to rotate through many different hospitals to get the best possible clinical experience. By rotating at university hospitals like Dartmouth Hitchcock and community hospitals like Cape Code Hospital, I learned to work with many different types of people and systems.”

True to form, Jonathan isn’t taking anything for granted as he finally nears the end of his goal.
“I finish my last clinical rotation on May 13th, graduate on June 10th, and start my residency on June 13th. To be successful in this field you have to really want it. You have to dive right in, put all your chips on the table and just go for it.”

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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