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Leaders from RUSM at Mount Sinai Hospital-Chicago to kick off the inaugural Ross Med Day

The event brought together not only leaders from Ross Med but also representatives from Adtalem Global Education, Mount Sinai, Saint Anthony Hospital, and an exceptional group of students actively engaged in clinical rotations. The day marked the first of many events aimed at spotlighting the accomplishments of students across affiliated hospitals in the United States, while also unveiling opportunities for future physicians to meaningfully give back to the communities where they will eventually practice.

“Today is a really important day to showcase the clinical endeavors from Ross Med's outstanding medical students,” emphasized Seeth Vivek, MD, DLFAPA, associate dean for clinical sciences, in his opening address. “This celebration is a concept we hope to take to all our clinical partnerships around the country.”

Ken Feldman, EdD, FACHE, senior associate dean for academic and student affairs, further underlined the value of community service as an extension of service to healthcare.

“At Ross Med, we believe becoming a physician includes going beyond the classroom and clinical settings, reaching broadly and deeply into the entire community where we serve. We have developed strong community connections and supports at our medical sciences campus in Barbados, and we are ready to expand this community service and focus on relationship-driven models to our clinical sites. To that end, Ross Med is increasing our investment in healthcare systems and communities where our students learn. In close collaborations with key clinical sites, we are showing up as partners in scholarship, community engagement, and wellness.”

Showcasing Clinical Student Experiences

The morning sessions of Ross Med Day showcased academic presentations by clinical students immersed in clinical rotations at Mount Sinai and Saint Anthony. The best oral case presentation award was given to Ria Patel, Aparna Jayaram, and Sulaiman Asmatullah for their group study on the impact of mask fatigue on the self-reported health of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sana Azami, Kristen Buchanan, and Nastaran Kavandinejad were recognized for best poster presentation for their work studying Brucellosis Spondylitis. All six students are currently completing their core clerkships or elective rotations at Saint Anthony.

In total, Ross Med students presented 14 cases, spanning unique pediatric and adolescent cases to rare heart conditions, genetic disorders, physiological treatments, and bacterial viruses. The array of presentations underscores the depth and breadth of experiences Ross Med students gain during their clinical rotations.

To get started on your own path toward invaluable clinical experiences, learn about how you can be hands-on from the start at Ross Med here

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.