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RUSM Medical School for Canadian Applicants

Medical School Abroad. Hands-On from the Start.

Ross Med’s MD program allows eligible Canadian students to follow their calling and pursue their dream of becoming a physician.  

Our rigorous U.S.-modeled curriculum, unique location, and cross-cultural clinical experiences allow you to grow into a medical leader with a global mindset, and the skills needed to practice in diverse patient care environments across Canada and the U.S. Join a strong network of nearly 1,000 Canadian alumni.

Your MD Timeline

Complete your first two years on our Barbados campus before heading to the U.S. for your clinical rotations within our network of affiliate teaching hospitals.

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Our Curriculum



Medical Sciences

Our Medical Sciences program is closely modeled after U.S. curriculums, integrating clinical skills training, standardized patient cases, small-group learning, and other clinically relevant activities. You will learn to think like a doctor early in your medical school experience, and which better prepares you for medical licensing exams.

Clinical Rotations

Ross Med works with you to secure clinical rotations across the U.S. Our clinical curriculum is comprised of 90 weeks of clinical rotations that include 48 weeks of core clerkships and 42 weeks of electives. We will work closely with you to understand the process and help identify affiliate teaching hospitals that may align best with your career goals. 

Residency and Licensure

Ross Med graduates have many options as they move forward with their medical career after residency and may seek to be licensed in both the U.S. and Canada.

That being said, the steps you take to achieve your medical degree at Ross Med are the same as those of U.S. medical schools—successful completion of the Pre-clerkship and Clerkship curricula and clinical rotations, and passage of all three parts of the United States Medical Licensing Exam® (USMLE®).

  • Canadian students are eligible to participate in both the U.S. National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) and the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS), which take place on different schedules. 
  • Eligible U.S. residency programs may accept H-1 and J-1 visas.
  • To be eligible to participate in CaRMS, Canadian students must pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCQE) and have written and passed, or be scheduled to write, the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination by the September prior to the CaRMS match.
  • Specific rules on matching in Canada vary from province to province. Please visit the CaRMS website for more details.

Partnership Pathway

Ross Med has an established partnership with Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. The partnership allows eligible Canadian students who complete their undergraduate degree at Bishop’s University a pathway to enter Ross Med’s MD program.

  • Students must have graduated Bishop’s University within five (5) years.
  • An overall Grade Point Average (or equivalency) of 3.2 or higher
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher in all courses designated as pre-requisites for admission by Ross Med 
  • No grade below C (or equivalent) in any pre-requisite course designated by Ross Med:
    • Biology: 1 year (6 lecture credits), including laboratory (BIO 196/BIL 196, BIO 205/BIL 205) 
    • General Chemistry: 1 year (6 lecture credits), including laboratory (CHM 191/CHL191, CHM 192/CHL 192)
    • Organic Chemistry: 1 year (6 lecture credits), including laboratory. Biochemistry can be used to substitute for organic chemistry (CHM 111/CHL 111, CHM 211/CHL 211, BCH 313 
    • General Physics: 1 year (6 lecture credits), including laboratory. Statistics or Calculus can be substituted for Physics (any two of PHY 191/PHL 193, PHY 193/PHL 193, MAT 191, MAT 192, MAT 197, MAT 198, PHY 101) v. English: 1 year (6 lecture credits), (any two ENG – coded courses or course classified as writing intensive with at least 40% written component as one of the assignments). 
  • All pre-requisite coursework must have been completed within ten years of the date of student application to Ross Med. 
  • A cumulative score of 490 or higher on the MCAT exam, and minimum section scores of:
  • 123 or greater for Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • 122 or greater for Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • 120 or greater for Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; and iv. 120 or greater for Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior.
  • Must have two Letters of Recommendation, and other minimum admissions requirements required of Ross Med
Program Benefits

Students who have met the academic criteria established through our pathways program will receive these benefits:

  • Application fee waived, except where prohibited by law
  • Guaranteed personal admissions interview
  • Academically accepted international or Canadian students (defined as non-U.S. citizens and not having access to FAFSA® funding) will receive the following benefits:
    • Bishop’s University Partner Scholarship* – One-time $7,500 USD awarded for the first semester of enrollment at Ross Med 
    • One-time, first semester housing grant* up to a value of $4,040 USD and house at Coverley House or where Ross Med can accommodate.

For more information, contact:
Dami Olugbode
Associate Director, Student and University Partnerships

*Available to those who apply and qualify

Additional Resources

Personalized Learning and Supports

Ross Med offers a continuum of holistic student supports and personalized learning designed with your success in mind:

  • Personalized academic and wellness resources
  • One-on-one coaching, workshops, and peer tutoring
  • Academic advising and United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step exams prep
  • Transition assistance to Clinical Sciences, graduation, and residency
  • Immigration preparation beginning in Semester 1
  • Student Affairs, Student Finance Advisors, Registrar, Care and Counseling team

We’re accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP, As a Ross Med graduate, you’ll be eligible for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG®) certification and can apply for Canadian and U.S. residencies and licensure. 

Financial Aid

Our dedicated financial aid team can help. We are happy to answer your questions.

Phone: 732-509-3051


Canadian Student Society

The Canadian Student Society offers important information, such as exam preparation, visa requirements, and peer advisement on rotations, to Canadian medical students wishing to practice medicine in Canada as well as provide complimentary workshops to any member of the RUSM community. 

Ross University School of Medicine Canadian Alumni Stories

Kristen Bortolin
Pediatrics At Western University

“I still can’t believe I matched in Canada,” she says. “I am so honored to have been chosen to train at [Western].”

Rachelle Krause
Internal Medicine At University Of Toronto

"The rigor of the program is top-notch, and you are exposed to so many different medical scenarios and
cultures—more than you would be at any other school."

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Neurology At University Of Toronto

"You really focus on your schooling and education, and [Ross] teaches you a real respect for the field. And sometimes, I do miss waking up and wearing shorts every day."

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Outpatient Physician At Primecare Medical Clinic, British Columbia

"The education that I received was top quality, and the professors had our best interests—as well as that of our future patients—at heart."

Sports Medicine Fellowship At University Of Ottawa

“I took the determination I needed as an athlete, and put it into medicine,” he said. “I’ve got to say I worked pretty hard, but I enjoyed my time; and I enjoyed some of the stuff the island had to offer.”