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.
Meet Rhonda McIntyre, MBBS, FAAP, FRCP (C)
Dr. Rhonda McIntyre is the Dean of RUSM’s St. Kitts Satellite Campus. During her tenure at RUSM, Dr. McIntyre has held several roles with increasing responsibility, including Associate Professor, Professor of Pediatrics, Clerkship Preceptor, and, in her previous role, Director of Health Services. Additionally, while at RUSM, Dr. McIntyre has served as Head of Pediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital in Dominica. With each role, Dr. McIntyre has leveraged her extensive background in patient advocacy and care - establishing an impressive career comprised of clinical experience, program development and substantial work in underserved communities.
Dr. McIntyre has brought an infectious enthusiasm to learning the art of clinical medicine amongst her students, including in her role as Director of the International Health Program (IHP) where she led electives in developing nations. The highlight of IHP was the organization of two international health symposiums, one in Dominica and the other in Fortaleza, Brazil. The symposiums provided a platform for creating research opportunities for RUSM students and their peers among the university’s sister schools.
Driven by her commitment to helping improve lives, Dr. McIntyre developed emergency cardiac care initiatives for the RUSM community including initiating the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Program. Dr. McIntyre was responsible for increasing the number of AEDs on campus and training colleagues in Emergency Cardiac Care, including Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Additionally, she adopted the use of online resources that improved patient services at the RUSM health clinic and expanded use of the electronic medical record system to advance services rendered to the community.
With her passion for social justice, Dr. McIntyre is involved with non-governmental organizations serving humanity. She directs the nonprofit organization The Dominica Children's Heart Fund of which she is a founding member, engaging in fundraising and organizing tertiary care services for children with critical medical problems. In addition, she recently helped launch Doctors in Our Circle (DIOC), an organization focused on assisting in the rebuilding of the health sector in Dominica post Hurricane Maria. In this short time, DIOC has delivered a mobile clinic, a refrigeration container and is continuing a rotation of specialist physicians to the Dominican government.
Dr. McIntyre is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a member of the Section on International Child Health of the AAP. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies with residency training in Canada at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital at the University of British Columbia.