After 20 years in the United States Air Force, Dawn Adams enrolled at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) to pursue her lifelong dream in Dominica with the Class of 2021, supported from afar by her husband and four grown children. Four years later, she’s ecstatic to join Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida, as an upcoming internal medicine resident.

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“I could see my heart jumping through my shirt,” said the future physician about her residency location reveal on March 19, who’s celebrated many firsts this year including a new grandchild. “Life is so great right now. Everything is falling into place. This is my calling.”

Dawn conducted 26 residency interviews but knew immediately that Citrus was the right fit. “There was just that special something; they went out of their way for residents. In my interview notebook, I wrote on the bottom, ‘I think I’m going to be here’.”

Looking Ahead

Appreciating the continuity of care, Dawn looks forward to the challenges of internal medicine as well as witnessing patient outcomes. She is also leaving the door open for her next step, whether it’s a specialty in gastroenterology or becoming a hospitalist. As for location, Dawn and her husband are thrilled, as the beachgoers predicted Florida might become their new hometown. “The stars aligned and now we’re headed there.”

Reflecting on her life journey, Dawn praised her time in the Air Force. “I served my country and was able to travel the world. And that’s where I started my medical career as a physician’s assistant.” She also applauded her fellow Rossies. “I couldn’t have done this without my family and my classmates. We are the most resilient class ever for what we’ve gone through. And now we’ll use what we’ve been through to make the most of what’s to come.”

 

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In 2020, 91% of RUSM students passed the initial step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) on the first attempt. And in 2021-2022, results show yet another strong year for RUSM with a 96% first-time residency attainment rate* thus far. 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.

*First time residency attainment rate is the percent of students attaining a 2022-23 residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2021-22 who were active applicants in the 2022 NRMP match or who attained a residency position outside the NRMP match.