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Ross School of Medicine Grad Fulfills Lifelong Dream of Helping Others in Ghana, West Africa

03/16/09

March 16, 2009—(North Brunswick, NJ)—A practicing hospitalist in Wisconsin, Ross University School of Medicine graduate Dr. Ted Thachenkary ’02 has been fulfilling his childhood dream of helping others by leading outreach missions to Ghana, West Africa, for the past four years.

“I helped to create a non-profit medical volunteer organization called Anidaso Health. We provide free medical care to the indigent and underserved people in the Eastern region of Ghana, West Africa,” he said.

According to Dr. Thachenkary, his parents instilled a desire to help others in him from an early age, “which is why I decided to become a physician,” he said.

Dr. Thachenkary learned about the School of Medicine from another Ross graduate who advised him to apply.

“At the time I was looking at several different schools but I knew someone who actually went to Ross. Based on his recommendation I decided to attend,” he explained, adding, “It is with great pleasure to say that I am a Ross graduate. My experiences both in Dominica and during my clinicals were wonderful.”

Dr. Thachenkary decided to go into the hospitalist field based on his residency experience at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

“Cook County is a very busy inner-city hospital where I fell in love with the inpatient setting. We did have an outpatient clinic during our residency but I felt more of a bond and more comfortable in the inpatient setting. I enjoyed the continuity and the challenge,” he noted.

In spite of his busy schedule, Dr. Thachenkary knew that he wanted to do even more to help people in need, so in 2005 he sat down with his friend, Dr. Mark Kevin, and came up with the idea to create a non-profit outreach organization.

“We were really inspired by the movie Hotel Rwanda [2004],” he said. “Anidaso means hope in Twii, the main Ghanaian language. We completed our fourth mission in three years to Ghana this past fall. We went to Kwahu Government Hospital in Atibie in the fall of 2008 and the spring of 2006 and 2007. We also visited several outlying communities and clinics.”

Also assisting with the missions are Dr. Thackenkary’s wife, Naheed, and Ross alum Dr. Saumeel Mehta ’02, a practicing pediatrician in NJ.

Calling his work in Ghana a “life-changing experience,” Dr. Thachenkary noted that he would like to extend an invitation to any Ross student who shares his desire to help in impoverished countries by fulfilling one of their rotation requirements there.

“We would love to offer this opportunity to fourth-year Ross students, perhaps as an elective,” he said.

For more information about Anidaso Health go to www.anidasohealth.org.

About Ross University School of Medicine

Ross University, a subsidiary of DeVry Inc. (NYSE), 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 students into U.S. residencies 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.