RUSM Alumni Association
The mission of the RUSM Alumni Association is to support Ross University School of Medicine in realizing its vision to be a premiere institution of academic health programs; provide advocacy and goodwill on behalf of the University within local, national and international medical communities and the public; and promote fellowship among the alumni, faculty, and students of the University.
Message FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Ross University Alumni,
I hope my letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
2020 has undoubtedly been a year of tremendous challenge. The WHO listed December 31st, 2019 as the date of the first official case of this pandemic. As of today, there have been over 1.5 million lives lost to the pandemic and those numbers are likely underestimates. There are still those who choose to ignore the advice and guidance of the scientific and medical community, however, your ongoing kindness and patience during these frustrating encounters make you all exceptional.
Despite the glimmer of hope in the development, securing and administering of vaccines, hospitals around the world continue to battle the brutal surge of a second wave. As 2020 comes to a close, we all know that the fight against Covid-19 is far from over. I want to take this time to acknowledge the incredible impact that you, our alumni, are having in communities in the United States, Canada, and around the world. You have been at the forefront of this pandemic, in so many ways, and I know you are being stretched to the limit. I imagine that we will look back on this time and recognize that it was undoubtedly a test of our mettle as physicians. In these difficult moments, know that your efforts, sacrifices, losses and gains are recognized.
2020 has also been a year of important and profound change spurred by global social movements. I do want to express thanks to the Dean and Adtalem senior leadership for allowing me to participate on the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force which allowed for us as an organization to also look internally at how we can be more vigilant and do better going forward.
During this holiday season, I invite you to reflect on the communities you are a part of. As physicians, we are accustomed to thinking about the communities we serve. We take on the responsibility of providing care to those in need - these communities are precious to us. But it is in times of duress, prolonged stress, and unsettling circumstances that we need to give ourselves, as individuals, the time to connect to supportive communities for strength, support and renewal.
Colleagues, please take care of your mental and emotional health. Go out for a walk. Connect with nature. Call a friend, family member or spiritual advisor. Please know that your Ross Alumni Community recognizes the work you do and the sacrifices you are making. Let’s continue to continue to connect with and support one another.
My heartfelt thanks and warm holiday wishes to you all.
Panagiotis "Taki" Galanopoulos MD MSc FAAFP CCFP
Panagiotis “Taki” Galanopoulos MD MSc FAAFP CCFP (RUSM Class of 2007)
RUSM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BENEFITS
Ross University School of Medicine has recently partnered with 4Med+ to provide accredited online training to alumni on topics relating to compliance, government incentives, health IT, health and safety, best communication, and business practices. This training is designed to assist graduates and working practitioners to meet growing regulatory and compliance demands. All proceeds will be earmarked to benefit the notable Ross student scholarship program and Ross Alumni receive a 25% discount with the code ROSS25.