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.
Q&A with Mehran Giblin, MD
Find out more about him from the Q&A below:
ROSS: Why did you choose Ross University School of Medicine?
GIBLIN: I was ready to take on an exciting and challenging new career and felt that medicine was the right fit. Having been a few years removed from my undergraduate degree with an average GPA I knew that my entry to Canadian or US schools would be difficult. Despite that I stayed committed to my goal of becoming a doctor and decided to search for alternative paths. While researching programs I remembered that a long-time friend had gone to Ross many years prior and decided to reach out to him to ask questions about his experiences as a student in Dominica, residency life, and how he was planning to start his own medical practice. After a great deal of reflection and discussion with my family, I decided to take the leap and applied to Ross University. That was a little over five years ago now, and I haven’t looked back.
ROSS: Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
GIBLIN: Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Also completed a graduate degree at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in British Columbia
ROSS: Where did you grow up?
GIBLIN: Vancouver, Canada
ROSS: What area of medicine are you most interested in? Why?
GIBLIN: I had a genuine interest in almost every aspect of medicine and it was hard to peg down what I would apply to. But Internal medicine eventually developed into a strong choice for me. I liked it because it was an intellectually stimulating branch of medicine and I was intrigued by the variety of diseases I could manage and treat. It was also highly rewarding to work in hospital teams with attendings, residents, and nurses to coordinate the care of patients.
ROSS: How would you describe your experiences in Dominica?
GIBLIN: I found Dominica to be a unique and incredible place. Like many new Ross students I didn’t fully know what to expect when our turboprop plane first touched down on the island. I certainly hadn’t spent any time living on a rural Caribbean island before. As challenging as the initial move was, my fellow classmates and I settled in surprisingly quickly. Everything on the island was tailored to help me focus on my work. The distractions of city life were absent, and everybody in the Ross community was friendly and committed to making it a positive experience. On occasion there were also opportunities to experience the day-to-day island life. I especially enjoyed going to the open market early on Saturday mornings for fresh mangoes, papayas, and coconuts.
ROSS: Were you involved in any student clubs or activities?
GIBLIN: I attended Family Medicine club meetings, went on organized trips to elementary schools with the Pediatrics club, and was a teaching assistant in the anatomy lab. In my spare time I played intramural basketball and volleyball, and tried to go to the gym as often as I could.