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 95% 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.
Match | Jashan Singh, Class of 2019
From the Bay Area, Jashan is graduate of U.C. Davis, where he earned a B.S. in Exercise Biology. It was during his senior year, during his undergraduate studies, that he realized his aspirations to become a physician. To fulfill his medical school requirements, Jashan went on to complete post-baccalaureate courses at California State University, East Bay. Upon the recommendation of college classmates that were currently enrolled at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM); Jashan attended an RUSM Information Seminar, promptly applied and was accepted.
During his time at RUSM his passion for medicine continued to flourish as his medical knowledge and passion to help others deepened. He also met a fellow Rossie that would become his wife, while studying on the Dominica Campus at the Fishbowl. His wife, Sandeep Sarkaria, graduated from RUSM last year and is currently an Internal Medicine Resident at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Jashan is hopeful to join his wife in Ohio as an Internal Resident also, but is open to pursuing his medical journey on a parallel road, if necessary.
The interview process brings forth so many emotions, excitement, sheer joy and a bit of nerves. As soon as you hit the “submit” on your application, the waiting game begins. However, the moment the first interview invitation rolls in, it all seems worth it. The four years of hard work and sacrifice, suddenly all fit into place. It is an indescribable feeling knowing that once you have received an interview offer, everyone in the room on interview day is an equal. Interview day itself, is an experience of its own.
Though every interview is different, there was always one common denominator. Each interview became an opportunity to be able to share who I am as an individual, and not just as another medical student. One of my favorite questions that I was asked on the interview trail was, “Tell me what you like to do outside of medicine?”. The programs want to get to know you, they want to know if your personality will compliment those of their residents. I quickly realized that my time with each interviewer, was a chance for me to share my story and truly make a connection. Amongst the other questions that were asked, one fairly common question was asked often, “Recall an event from the past that was challenging and made you a better medical student”. This was another moment during interviews during which I was able discuss how I was able to overcome various obstacles along my journeys, and how I was able to turn them into learning opportunities to improve myself.
The interview process is truly about you, and who you are. It is so important to be yourself. No amount of preparation or practice can replace bringing your best self on interview day. As I now wait for the big day, I urge you all to keep your heads held high and continue to be proud of you are and where you have come from. Ross truly prepared me for the match process, now the rest is in my hands. Wishing all my colleagues, the very best of luck on Match Day!