I would like to commend the entire RUSM medical sciences community for accomplishing a successful transition to our temporary locations in Knoxville, Tennessee and St. Kitts for the 2018 Winter Semester. What you have been able to achieve is remarkable, including:
- the American Heart Association Training Center at the St. Kitts Satellite Campus instructing junior faculty and local health care providers in Advanced Cardiac Life Support;
- the St. Kitts Satellite Campus partnering with the Ministry of Health to bring health education and services to an underserved community;
- Opening the anatomy lab on the Knoxville Campus as well as expanding space in Building #3 to provide open study; and
- the Student Government Association partnering with the organization The Love Kitchen for RUSM students to complete their service requirements. To date, more than 20 student organizations have volunteered or signed up to pack lunches to address hunger in the Knoxville community.
Once again, your fortitude and commitment to upholding our mission and preserving the RUSM academic experience has demonstrated what we can achieve as a community united. It is with that spirit of solidarity that I inform you that the RUSM medical sciences program will remain at its current temporary locations through the 2018 Fall Semester that is scheduled to conclude Dec. 14.
As we remain committed to restoring our Dominica campus, we are closely monitoring the island’s recovery and other macro concerns that affect the ability to maintain an operational campus on the island.
William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP
Dean and Chancellor