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Surprised and humbled is how Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) alum Micah Renicker, MD, said he felt after learning his classmates nominated him as the May 2021 Commencement Speaker. 

“My goal is to find a way to honor and celebrate my colleagues and their incredible accomplishments through rather extraordinary circumstances over the last four years,” said the March graduate, who will soon become a family medicine resident at the University of Tennessee-Jackson.

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Renicker discovered his medical passion during a humanitarian mission in Asia before he enrolled in an undergraduate biology program at Eastern Washington University. “I knew I wanted a life of service so I could make a difference,” he said, adding his future plans. “I hope to be in private practice, serving an underserved population and providing them with quality access to quality care. I also hope to be extensively involved in international medical missions.”

All-Inclusive Medicine

The non-traditional student from Alaska began his career in construction business management. “When medicine drew me in, I was open to the full spectrum of specialties. But I felt like family medicine chose me because it pulled together all the aspects I wanted and the doctor-patient interaction that most closely fit to the kind of doctor I want to be.”

Renicker and his wife will move to Tennessee later this month and shortly after he begins residency, they will welcome their first born. “We’re so excited.” The author enjoys writing, photography, spending time with his family and participating in any outdoor activity. For future RUSM graduates, Renicker advises, “always remember why you want to be a physician and then do today’s work today. That’s what I believe sets you up for the best possible chance to finish strong and be successful.”

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Learn More

Please join us on Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET as we virtually celebrate the RUSM graduating class of 2021, streamed on RUSM’s Facebook and YouTube pages. For questions or more information, please email the Events Team

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 96% 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 2022-23 residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2021-22 who were active applicants in the 2022 NRMP match or who attained a residency position outside the NRMP match.