Road to Residency
NAVIGATING THE STUDENT JOURNEY
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.
Yasmine and Bobby Gosey Primed to Showcase Their Talent as Physicians
They’re an impassioned pair, trailblazing the way on how to give back to the community while sharing their trials and tribulations of the medical academic journey. Meet Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) students Yasmine Bargoti-Gosey and Bobby D. Gosey, Jr., who are enrolled in this year’s National Resident Matching Program® (The MATCH ℠) process and journaling their experience on social media.
We first learned of the power couple last spring when they co-founded Michigan COVIDSitters, a nationally recognized nonprofit which offers front-line workers free services such as childcare and pet sitting. Since then, Yasmine and Bobby have been busy completing rotations in pediatrics and anesthesia, respectively, while providing the RUSM community and internet fans a glimpse into their medical experiences and private life including beautiful nuptials. And now, the duo is excited to add a little one to the mix, debuting later this year.
But before they exchange anatomy books for parenting guides, the pair eagerly awaits MATCH day on March 19 to find out if the months of residency preparation paid off. They considered weather, location and academics when sending out applications, and only included programs that were within 30 miles of each other and friendly to international medical graduates. Yasmine and Bobby have conducted several interviews nationwide, virtually due to the pandemic. Though they had hoped for in-person visits, they agree remote interviews provide a great platform to focus on content instead of the meet-and-greet formalities. “Getting invites from programs that my wife and I really want takes the cake,” Bobby said. “After getting the first invite, there was a small sigh of relief as you think, ‘well, thank goodness someone wants me’.”
Yasmine remembers first-interview jitters that quickly subsided once the conversation began. “I was so happy and excited to talk about my accomplishments and desires for the future.” The aspiring pediatrician who’s known her future since she was three years old said, “There is something so special about caring for children who have their whole life ahead of them. It’s rewarding to watch children grow and working with parents to help support the relationship with their child.”
Likewise, Bobby told his parents he always wanted to be a “nurse man.” In high school, he shadowed physicians and set his sights on anesthesia. “I was fascinated with the basis of knowledge in pharmacology and physiology.” After mastering his foundational skills in anesthesia, he would like to establish a medium for connecting medical students with resident/attending mentors to provide networking opportunities. As physicians, Bobby and Yasmine aim to lead by example and compassion, throwing joy and humor into their patient interactions.
Nothing Can Stop Them
Besides a positive attitude, the couple also comes equipped with adaptability, thanks to a category five hurricane that hit Dominica during their last semester of Basic Sciences. “We continued the remainder of the semester down in St. Kitts on a ferry after being out of school for a month,” Bobby explained, adding that it was tough to find a study groove. Yasmine concurred, though she quickly gained footing and thrived, earning a spot on the Dean’s list.
The duo recently moved back to Bobby’s hometown in Texas and fancy watching movies and football together. They will both be the first in their families to practice medicine.
“I just want to be known as a doctor who adores her patients,” Yasmine said, adding that she’s long enjoyed caring for others. “I want them to trust my guidance but also know they can be honest with me. I knew early on that I belonged with children and my time in medical school just kept confirming that it was where my heart belonged.”
To Yasmine, Bobby and all 2021 MATCH students, we support your journey and look forward to celebrating your achievement.
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