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Ross Alumnus Completing Neuroradiology Fellowship at Yale Hospital

10/27/10

North Brunswick, NJ - October 27, 2010 - Ross alumnus John Morgan, MD ’05, was recently accepted into a highly competitive neuroradiology fellowship at Yale-New Haven Medical Center—a program that only accepts eight physicians each year.

“It’s a top NIH [National Institute of Health] funded program, so there are opportunities to do things there that you wouldn’t be able to do elsewhere,” Morgan explained. “Right now, I’m learning new endovascular techniques for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms and strokes. It’s very interesting.”

Morgan is the first physician in his family. He decided that he wanted to become a physician at the end of high school as a result of his keen interest in anatomy and health.

“Ross was recommended to me as an alternative when I didn’t get into any US medical schools on my first try,” he explained. “I had actually taken a break and gone to work for an engineering company, but I missed the sciences and was looking for a way to get back to medical school. I was actually able to visit Ross the summer before I started. What sold me on Ross was the strong academic program and the number of clinical affiliations the School has with hospitals in the States.”

Morgan noted that he had an enjoyable experience at Ross. “Initially it was a little intimidating being that far away from home, but most of the students banded together and became an extended family and I really enjoyed that.”

During his clinicals, Morgan rotated though St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, where he returned to do his residency and became chief resident of radiology in his second year.

“I was there early and stayed late. I tried my best to make sure they knew I was a hard worker and that I’d go the extra mile to make sure the work got done. All of that contributed to my being chosen as chief resident so quickly, since it’s usually reserved for third and fourth year residents,” he explained. “It was a tremendous opportunity.”

At St. Vincent’s, Morgan was also the recipient of the 2008 Radiological Society of North America Resident Research Award.

“At the time I had done about 20 different case reports and presentations across the country, which contributed to my winning the award,” he said. “I’ve also been published in several medical journals, including Emergency Radiology, the American Journal of Radiology, and Clinical Imaging.”

Morgan initially wanted to go into surgery, and during his surgery rotation he was responsible for taking the imaging films to be read by the radiologist.

“At some point I realized that whether or not we acted on the findings of the films was really based on the decision of the radiologist. If there was a finding, we’d have to act on it. If not, there was nothing that needed to be done. It was awe inspiring to see that one person had so much control over such important decisions, and once I saw that I felt it was something I wanted to do,” he said.

Since Morgan’s favorite part of radiology was neuroimaging, he decided to apply for a fellowship in neuroradiology.

“Some people seemed to think that because I was a foreign medical graduate I would find some resistance, but that wasn’t the case. I was interviewed at every single program I applied to, most of them at Ivy League hospitals. I chose Yale because the program had everything I was looking for.”

After Morgan completes the year-long fellowship in September of 2011, he would like to expand on his endovascular knowledge and then move back to NJ and join a practice.

“I credit my success to Ross, because without Ross I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he said. “Going there was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

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, Saginaw, MI, and Freeport, Grand Bahama. 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 www.RossU.edu or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.