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Congratulations on your admission to Ross University School of Medicine. We’re honored to bring you the opportunity to reach your goal of becoming a physician. You will work closely with your assigned New Student Coordinator (NSC) as you prepare for your transition to RUSM. Your NSC will be there to support you from start to finish and will answer any questions you have along the way

White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is an exciting rite of passage or new medical students.  Your NSC will let you know the exact date of your White Coat Ceremony for your term. 

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Important Dates

Please refer to the Academic Calendar for important dates. Your NSC will confirm the appropriate travel dates with you.

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Before Arriving at RUSM

There are many things admitted students need to take care of before they arrive at RUSM. Use this page as a resource to double-check everything!

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Documents & Resources

Get nervous about forms? Want to make sure you aren't hasseld at customs? Find all of the forms and documents needed to begin your first semester at RUSM here. 

SUpport for Student Success

Academy for Teaching and Learning 

The ATL is committed to supporting and empowering our students to achieve their educational and career goals. The ATL provides this support through three connected areas: Student-Centered Programs, Faculty Development, and Medical Education Research and Scholarship.

Pre-Matriculation Course

This complimentary course delivered through Canvas will help you navigate at RUSM. When you arrive in Barbados you’ll be better prepared for the island, you’ll have knowledge of the curriculum that awaits you, and you’ll also be equipped with resources to help you succeed at RUSM. New students will receive instructions on how to log in to the pre-matriculation course through Canvas before the course begins.


Student Ambassadors can answer your questions on all things RUSM (Housing, restaurants, packing, etc.).  Ambassadors are current students who are dedicated to providing support and guidance for incoming students. Assignments will be made approximately 4-6 weeks before the semester start. Recent RUSM grads are also great resources. If you would like to speak with one from your area, please let your NSC know.




Upon arrival in Barbados, new students are greeted at the airport by professional staff from the Department of Housing. Students are transported with their luggage to RUSM Housing at the Villages of Coverley to settle in.  

During the Week of Welcome, there are optional shopping trips arranged, as well as social opportunities to tour the Island, visit beaches and restaurants to interact with fellow classmates. 

All students are required to attend New Student Orientation sessions. For those on the island, students will receive their white coats and iPads during New Student Orientation Week.


Your NSC will send you an orientation schedule specific to your start term approximately two weeks before you arrive in Barbados. You’ll have the ability to sign up for additional activities such as an island tour and various shopping trips. These trips are sponsored by the Office of Campus Life. All trips require a payment. Shopping shuttles are $5USD/$10BDS and Island Trips and tours start at $10USD. Students will get an email with the Welcome Week Activities with instructions on how to sign up prior to traveling to the island.