Michael Lucarelli-Cowles

No stranger to the medical field, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) 2021 MATCH student Michael Lucarelli-Cowles strives to incorporate positive vibes into an anxiety-ridden environment while treating his patients as if they were family members.

“I love the medical mystery, finding out what is harming the patient and helping them on the worst day of their lives,” said the former nurse who describes Emergency Medicine as “a little bit of every specialty put into a blender and shaken, not stirred.”

Though the National Resident Matching Program® (The MATCH ℠) process has not been easy, like the rigor of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® Step exams, Michael persevered and finally felt rewarded when he began clinical rotations. “My work ethic and dedication were finally recognized and valued. Being trusted by residents and attendings to perform procedures is the best vote of confidence anyone can hope for.”

While medical school may be tough, that didn’t deter Michael from his goal when COVID-19 put the brakes on rotations. The California native and his girlfriend, then in New York, were acutely aware of what was happening and acted like any tenured doctor in the field — they offered to volunteer. “It was an experience we will never forget for two reasons. One, we faced more death in that time period than we thought possible. And two, we both were functionally working in a crisis center for an unknown disease that prepared us that much more for residency.”

To Michael and all 2021 MATCH students, we support your journey and look forward to celebrating your achievement.


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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 97% 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.