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RUSM White Coat Ceremony Held for Class of 2017

01/22/14

RUSM Dean and Chancellor Dr. Joseph Flaherty with students at the White Coat event.

RUSM Dean and Chancellor Dr. Joseph Flaherty with students at the White Coat event.

On a Monday they began their first-semester classes at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) and on Friday of that week, January 17, the new students received a warm welcome during the traditional White Coat Ceremony. The event was attended by the President of Dominica His Excellency, Mr. Charles Savarin and Mrs. Savarin, dignitaries, family members, friends, university administrators and faculty members.

“Congratulations! You made it,” said RUSM Dean and Chancellor Dr. Joseph Flaherty in his remarks. “It’s an amazing accomplishment. This is the beginning of your professional life.”
The keynote address was delivered by RUSM alumna, Sherri D. Onyiego, MD, PhD., FAAFP, AAHIVS, who graduated in 2005. Since 2009, Dr. Onyiego has served as an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Currently she is the Medical Director of the San Jose Clinic in Houston, Texas. She is also a provider for the Harris Health System's Thomas Street Health Center, a freestanding comprehensive HIV/AIDS clinic. In addition she serves as a preceptor to medical students, residents, and nurse practitioners. Dr. Onyiego was accompanied by her husband, Leonid, and their children Gabriel, 4, and Grace, 2.
“This is a monumental event,” Dr. Onyiego said about the White Coat Ceremony. She related that during her first semester at RUSM the U.S. experienced the tragedy of 9/11 and it was a difficult time. She added that, “This island is so beautiful, it was definitely a refuge for me.”  
Faculty members assisted students in donning their white coats, ushering them into their new professional roles of physicians-in-training.