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The day Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) graduate Jasmine Gaston-Johnson, MD, witnessed a severe car accident, she knew emergency medicine (EM) was her calling and never looked back. Jasmine remembers immediately springing into action, grabbing her medical supplies, and guiding a group of bystanders to help free a trapped driver before the ambulance arrived.  

“I didn’t even think about it. I just saw the crash, jumped out, and knew I had to help,” said the future physician and graduate the Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP). Jasmine’s interest in EM has been further solidified through her work as president of the RUSM Emergency Medicine Interest Group, complete satisfaction during her emergency room rotations, and participation on an impactful mission trip. 

Having only applied to a handful of residency programs and being eight months pregnant with her first child, the National Resident Matching Program® (The MATCH ℠) process started to feel like something out of reach. But Jasmine persevered and matched into the EM residency program at University of North Carolina Southeastern Health.  

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Ironically, she matched into the same facility she toured early in the Match season, thanks to fellow Rossie Curtiss J. Smith, MD’17, the chief resident at UNC Southeastern Health, who supported Jasmine and invited her to tour the facility. “It felt like a match made in heaven,” she said at the time.  

Rossie Relationships 

Rossies also stood by her during one of the most miraculous times in her life earlier this year when classmates helped her through the birth of her child. Jasmine’s downstairs neighbor, Roodie Smith, who matched into the obstetrics and gynecology program at Meharry Medical College, coached Jasmine through her labor, timed her contractions, and let her know when it was time to get to the hospital. Once at Prince George Hospital, Jasmine’s on-island study partner, Donald Nasef, who was completing rotations at the time, visited and provided support despite visitor restrictions. “I’m just so grateful Ross Med exists. Being part of this class that has been through so much; we learned we have grit and nothing can phase us.”  


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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 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.