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Twin Sisters Follow Their Dream at Ross

10/29/10

Twin Sisters Follow Their Dream at Ross, Become Surgeons

North Brunswick, NJ - October 29, 2010 —Born in Syracuse, NY, twin sisters Drs Amy ’01 and Kristen ’01 Rezak always knew they wanted to become physicians. From the time they were 10, both girls watched every single medical show on television, and in high school and college they spent much of their free time volunteering at hospitals and participating in other healthcare-related activities.

Both completed their undergraduate education at SUNY institutions—A. Rezak at Albany and K. Rezak at Binghamton. Both majored in biology. Both took a break after college and worked in the healthcare field professionally—A. Rezak became a nursing assistant at Albany Medical Center, and K. Rezak worked in the Physical Therapy Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University. And both soon realized that simply working in the healthcare field wasn’t enough—they wanted to do more.

A. Rezak learned about Ross University from some Ross alumni who were working at Albany Medical Center and quickly told her sister about it.

“I had just been accepted to a post-bac program in Philadelphia and was planning to go when Amy found out about Ross,” K. Rezak explained. “We decided to go in for an interview and see what it was all about.”

A. Rezak added, “I looked into Ross’s clinical statistics and the percentage of students who were accepted into residencies was very high. I also saw that there were a lot of clinical opportunities in and around New York City, which was another thing that attracted me to Ross since I really wanted to come back to this area.”

Going to medical school together made the transition that much easier, according to the sisters.

“We started in January of 1998, and being there with Kristen made a huge difference,” A. Rezak said. “We supported each other the whole time and had a fabulous experience. People think when you go to school in the Caribbean it’s like a vacation, and that’s not the case at all. But I wouldn’t have changed any of it—I’d go to Ross again in a second.”

Echoing her sister’s sentiments, K. Rezak added, “Having Amy with me definitely made things easier. I’m a little more high maintenance and she kept me grounded. It was a great educational experience and the curriculum prepared me well. I scored in the 90th percentile on all three USMLE [United States Medical Licensing Exam] exams, which was higher than any of my friends who were in US medical schools.”

Today, A. Rezak is a trauma surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and has been featured on two TV shows, first on the Discovery Health Channel’s “Mystery Diagnosis,” and more recently on the ABC documentary “Boston Med.”

“One of my patients had a rare skin disorder and she was the one who contacted the Discovery Channel, which is how I came to be on that show. The ABC documentary was a bit more intense. I was in the emergency room on a trauma case and after it was over a woman came over to me with a camera and asked if I would like to be filmed for a news segment? I agreed, and the next morning a camera guy showed up at my place and explained that he’d been assigned to me for the next few months, so he became my shadow night and day. It was an awesome experience. My family thought it was great, too. It can be difficult to explain what you do, but to actually see it on TV is a whole different thing. It really gave them insight into my life.”

In addition to working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, A. Rezak is also in the Army Reserve Medical Corps and was recently deployed to Iraq for a 90-day rotation.

Not to be outdone, K. Rezak just completed her plastic surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic this past June, and is now a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in private practice at the Physicians Institute of Cosmetics and Reconstructive Surgery in Hollywood, FL.

“I loved general surgery, but when I was doing my residency at Stony Brook I scrubbed in with the plastic surgeon on reconstructive cases and I quickly realized that the general surgeon’s job was to take things out and then the plastic surgeon would come in and reconstruct everything, and I liked that part of it better. Right now, I’m studying for my written boards in plastic surgery and next year I’ll take my oral boards. It’s a long process, but I love what I’m doing.”

Both sisters keep in touch with prospective and current Ross students who reach out to them seeking advice.

“I tell them that Ross gave me the opportunity to get to where I am today,” A. Rezak said. “It made it possible for me to reach my goal.”

K. Rezak agreed, saying, “I tell people who are interested to apply because Ross is definitely a good alternative. It got me where I am and it can do the same for them.”

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.
 

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