Road to Residency
NAVIGATING THE STUDENT JOURNEY
In 2020, 91% of RUSM students passed the initial step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) on the first attempt. And in 2019-2020, the first-time residency attainment rate for RUSM students was 92%. Located on the island of Barbados and with a network of more than 15,000 alumni, RUSM is one of the largest providers of doctors for the U.S. healthcare system. RUSM graduates practice in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Corey Boggs Advocates for Underserved, Policy and Health Equity
Versatility is what lured Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) graduate Corey Boggs, MD, into the family medicine residency program at her No. 1 ranked program — Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. But it’s her passion for policy, advocacy and health equity that has her already contemplating the Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship in a few years.
“I want to be effective in the community and continue to advocate for underserved populations,” said the March graduate who recently completed her term as the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors student representative in Maryland and now serves as the organization’s liaison to the Student National Medical Association. Boggs volunteered at free medical clinics before and during medical school. “I want to continue empowering patients to help them achieve optimal health outcomes.”
Besides a health advocacy fellowship, Boggs is also considering a faculty role where she could instruct medical students, care for hospital patients and keep a pulse on research. “If you’re teaching people, you need to stay abreast of the newest updates in medicine; it keeps you sharp at all times.”
Boggs has long been fascinated with science and technology and appreciates the rigid organization of the medical field. “I love that medicine is an exact science and also allows for interaction with people on both their best and worst days.”
For now, the gregarious future physician is basking in the “I Matched!” glow, as she reflects on her journey. “RUSM has definitely done a great job of setting the standard for preparing students to be knowledgeable and competent when they graduate. I felt confident going through the match season because of the personal workshops and webinars about what to expect of the process, and I encourage future match students to participate in them. For those just starting out, don’t look at all the minis and finals and comps you have to take during med school. It’s way too much; just take baby steps. You will get there, and you will be successful!”
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