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.
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.
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
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:
Associate Director, Student and University Partnerships
*Available to those who apply and qualify
*Available to those who apply and qualify. The RUSM Scholarship Committee will review the qualifications of each applicant. Award recipients must meet the criteria for admission to RUSM, submit an application for admission, and meet the specific criteria set for each scholarship award. Students may also be required to meet additional requirements.
Tuition Back Guarantee
We believe so strongly in your success that we are offering a TUITION BACK GUARANTEE** if you don’t pass. you must complete the entire first semester, including final exams. Only tuition is included in this guarantee—any fees and other expenses and/or charges are excluded.
**New, first-time matriculating MD students who complete semester 1, including final exams, and do not advance to semester 2 because they earned a failing grade in a semester 1 course/modules required for advancement are eligible for the guarantee. Students eligible for the guarantee receive a reimbursement of tuition based on the following formula: tuition assessed minus institutional scholarships or grants received. Please note, only tuition is included in this guarantee, any fees and other expenses and/or charges are excluded.
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, www.caam-hp.org). 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.
Our dedicated financial aid team can help. We are happy to answer your questions.
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
“I still can’t believe I matched in Canada,” she says. “I am so honored to have been chosen to train at [Western].”
"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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”