Ross University School of Medicine Graduate Matches at Yale for OB/GYN Residency


October 5, 2009 (North Brunswick, NJ)—“Thrilled” was how Dr. Lindsay Lauren Goodman ’09 described how she felt upon learning that she had been selected at Yale School of Medicine’s obstetrics and gynecology (OG/GYN) residency program—her top choice.

A four-year program, Dr. Goodman will spend her first two years training at Yale University System Hospital in Bridgeport before going on to Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven for her final two years. Dr. Goodman then hopes to begin a three-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and ultimately become an infertility specialist.

Competition for OB/GYN residency spots is extremely high because each program only takes about two or three candidates at a time, Dr. Goodman explained.

Although Dr. Goodman initially wanted to go into surgery, she decided to switch her focus after her OB/GYN clinical rotation at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, during her third year at Ross University School of Medicine.

“The experience was very hands-on. I was able to be proactive and actually witness deliveries in the operating room right beside the surgeon. It was an awesome experience and really opened my eyes to what I wanted to do with my life,” she said.

A transfer student, Dr. Goodman started at Ross at the beginning of her fifth semester.

“I transferred to Ross because it has the best reputation of all the international medical schools. And you want to go to a medical school where the number one priority is to rotate in the United States so you can stand alongside U.S. students when you’re applying for residency,” she said. “Having U.S. clinical experience is key to getting good residency positions later on.”

Born and raised in Texas, Dr. Goodman started her medical education in Mexico, but soon learned that she was looking for more than the school had to offer.

“Honestly, I simply hadn’t done enough research beforehand,” she said. “My decision was largely based on location—Mexico was so close to Texas—and on the fact that I knew people who had gone there. I found out pretty quickly that it wasn’t what I was looking for. And the more people I spoke with the more good things I kept hearing about Ross.”

According to Dr. Goodman, the personal attention she received from Ross faculty helped her to make a quick adjustment.

“All of the professors were extremely professional and there for you. After my first semester at Ross I felt prepared like I had never been prepared before. Dr. Enrique Fernandez [senior associate dean for clinical sciences at Ross University School of Medicine] in particular was a key player in helping me to learn all of my clinical skills.”

Dr. Goodman had the following advice for aspiring physicians:
“As soon as you know what you want later on in life I would talk with physicians to see which kind of specialty best fits that lifestyle. And if you don’t mind working hard and long hours you should look into obstetrics and gynecology!”

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 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 or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.

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