RUSM: What attracted you to RUSM?
Kemple: A friend from my undergraduate institution was a student at Ross [University School of Medicine] and recommended it. The most important reasons I chose to attend were the school’s reputation, 50-state approval, and the provision of federal loans. These factors are so important when looking at Caribbean [medical] schools. 

RUSM: How did you prepare for the NRMP® Match?
Kemple: I participated in mock interviews held by my clinical training site. I also consulted Ross [University School of Medicine] faculty for guidance with regard to filling out my ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) application. 

RUSM: What are the top two or three ways RUSM helped prepare you for your residency position? 
Kemple: First, I gained the knowledge and skills necessary to transition from undergraduate student to medical student and then to physician. Second, it was clear from the first day that Ross [University School of Medicine] took all academic matters seriously and instituted a sense of responsibility for your patients and actions. This is essential for any successful physician and residency programs want residents who exemplify these qualities.

RUSM: What are the key factors that led to you achieving a chief resident position?
Kemple: Every program is slightly different in the way it selects chief residents. The University of Toledo looks at academic performance on training exams, clinical performance, evaluations, and a vote by all faculty and residents. Ultimately, however, the selection is up to the Program Director. I believe what made me stand out was excelling in all of these areas and finding ways to contribute to the big picture by looking beyond my residency program – looking at my specialty of emergency medicine and the hospital as a whole. For example, I recently served as Chairman for the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) Awards Committee and I currently serve on the hospital’s laboratory utilization review committee.

RUSM: What additional responsibilities have you assumed since becoming a chief resident?
Kemple: In addition to serving as a member of the laboratory utilization review committee, I am responsible for scheduling two facilities, attending faculty meetings, helping assimilate new interns into the program, and performing additional resident-related tasks.

RUSM: What’s next for you? 
Kemple: After graduation, I will work for a local democratic emergency medicine group in the Toledo area for two years while my fiancé (also a RUSM grad) finishes her residency.

In 2020, 91% of RUSM students passed the initial step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) on the first attempt. And in 2022-2023, results show yet another strong year for RUSM with a 98% 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 2023-24 residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2022-23 who were active applicants in the 2023 NRMP match or who attained a residency position outside the NRMP match.