Ross University School of Medicine Expands Affiliation to Premier US Teaching Hospital

An ambitious journey toward excellence in clinical clerkship education accelerates


NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–June 7, 2011—A new partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland (SJMO) in Pontiac, MI, adds an additional clinical site to provide a significant number of students with  a 48-week tracked curriculum across the six core disciplines of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery.

Adding this prestigious hospital to the medical school’s distinctive roster of US hospitals is one of many milestones to reach the standard of excellence that Ross University is poised to achieve under the direction and vision articulated by the medical school’s new dean, Joseph Flaherty, MD, who is entering his fifth week in leadership.

“Ross University School of Medicine has a great history, one of the most laudable missions in medical education,” said Dean Flaherty. “I think it has an even better future and I am pleased to move forward this clinical partnership initiative. Providing core clerkship experiences consolidated in hospitals that offer exceptional quality for our students is one of my top priorities as dean.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to complete all their required core clerkships at a high-quality teaching hospital,” said Enrique S. Fernandez, MD, senior associate dean for clinical sciences at Ross University School of Medicine. “SJMO is a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a subsidiary of Trinity Health, the country's fourth largest Catholic healthcare system.”

Established in 1927, SJMO is a long-time leader in healthcare in Oakland County. A 443-bed comprehensive community and teaching hospital, SJMO is ranked in the top five percent of hospitals across the nation for clinical excellence and has earned a position among the top 100 cardiovascular programs in the US.  

According to Stanley Dorfman, MD, director of medical education for SJMO, giving students the opportunity to complete all of their core rotations in one location enables a smooth transition from one rotation to the next, allowing them to become ingrained in the hospital as they move through each respective discipline.

“It maximizes their clinical learning experience overall,” Dr. Dorfman said. “Ross students can expect an exceptional program with lectures geared specifically toward them. We’re adding significantly more senior rotations, so theoretically we could have the students for their entire third and fourth years. We’re looking to build a very strong association where everyone benefits.”

Peter Goetz, vice president for enrollment management at Ross who is currently spearheading the University’s clinical partnership initiative, remarked, “St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland enjoys an excellent reputation for medical education and healthcare delivery and will provide students a solid grounding in clinical skills as they graduate and secure their residency, the ultimate goal of Ross University's medical education program.”

About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University School of Medicine was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical education offering a doctor of medicine degree program. 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.

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.


Live Chat

Live Chat Hours
M-F: 9am to 5pm EST

Questions? Just fill out the form to contact our Admissions Department.

Contact Admissions

Medical Veterinary