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Approximately 125 Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) medical sciences students volunteered to aid and care for those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in the Barbados community. 

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“I experienced a new area of the island and enjoyed witnessing the process of vaccine administration here in Barbados,” said fourth-semester student Grey Dietz about this hands-on experience. 

Over the course of five weeks, student volunteers participated at numerous vaccination sites to direct patients through the vaccination process, including documenting medical histories, screening and monitoring patients after receiving the vaccine, and filling out vaccination cards.

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“I decided to volunteer for this event because as a future physician it is my duty to reach out and get involved in as many health-promoting opportunities as possible, to identify ways to help better the communities we are a part of,” said third-semester student Tyeler Checkley, who was a volunteer at Barbados Association of Retired Persons.  

We are grateful for this opportunity that allowed our students to continue supporting the health and wellness of our Barbados community. 

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.