Ross University School of Medicine Expands Core Clinical Rotations at Premier, Patient-Centered Chicago Hospital


NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–April 20, 2011—Ross University is pleased to announce that the School of Medicine has entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago to provide students with clinical instruction and a significant number of core rotation spots across the six core disciplines: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery.

Through this new partnership, Ross University students will join in a tracked comprehensive, 48-week curriculum and a supervised patient care experience at Norwegian American.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to complete all core rotations and electives at a high-quality teaching hospital in Chicago.  Norwegian American Hospital is actively involved as a major participant in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited program in family medicine that is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine,” said Enrique S. Fernandez, MD, senior associate dean for clinical sciences at Ross University School of Medicine.

Established in 1894, Norwegian American Hospital is a 200-bed premier healthcare provider where the patient comes first. A family- and community-centered acute care hospital, it has served the residents of the northwest side of Chicago for over 115 years.  

“Norwegian American is a thriving community hospital serving an underserved area. Over the last three years, we have been focused on reducing health disparities and improving outcomes for our patients. An academic training program helps with that mission by raising the level of interest in evidence-based medicine, providing best practices, and getting community doctors engaged in teaching, quality and safety. We’re learning more and more that although classroom and laboratory settings play an important role in medical students’ education, there is nothing quite like a vibrant clinical practice setting to allow these students to learn by doing,” said Mark Loafman, MD, MPH, chief clinical integration officer at Norwegian American Hospital and director of inpatient services for Northwestern University’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

He continued, “This new student training program is focused very much on Ross students and is offering them a chance to spend their third year at our hospital so they can become familiar with the community and get engaged in our performance and quality improvement projects.”

Peter Goetz, vice president for enrollment management at Ross who is currently spearheading the University’s clinical partnership initiative, remarked, “This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students. Dr. Mark Loafman and the team of faculty who will be teaching our students at Norwegian American Hospital are among the most dedicated group of educators I’ve had the privilege of meeting since I arrived at Ross in 2007.”

Over the last several months, Ross University has also increased the number of new core clinical rotations in the following teaching hospitals: Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica, NY (Pediatrics, OB/GYN,  Surgery, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine); Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Flushing, NY (Internal Medicine); California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA (Pediatrics, Surgery, Internal Medicine); Southside Hospital, Long Island, NY (Family Medicine); Huron Hospital, East Cleveland, OH (Internal Medicine); and Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami, FL (Psychiatry, Internal Medicine).

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.


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