SCOTT IPPOLITO, MD '86
Ross University School of Medicine
Scott Ippolito, Md '86
ASSISTANT DEAN OF ACADEMIC OPERATIONS
A RUSM LEGACY – FROM STUDENT TO RUSM LEADER
Dr. Ippolito started his journey with RUSM in 1982 – four years after the institution opened. Nearly forty years later, he has served on staff with RUSM for more than two decades in his career in medicine.
Here are some facts about Dr. Ippolito’s history as both a student and colleague at Ross University School of Medicine.
THE EARLY DAYS AT RUSM
He landed in Dominica in ’82 four years after the school opened its doors. With Caribbean schools as a relatively new concept and without internet to see the campus or do research in advance of the trip – he was very anxious prior to arriving and relieved when saw a campus – let alone an Anatomy Lab. At that time, the RUSM “campus” had moved from the Castaways Hotel to the Portsmouth campus, which was one building divided in 12 rooms. The first large class of 50 students from RUSM shared the space with the newly opened sister school – Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Soon, construction began on the second building (administrative office and library). Student dorms were located next to the campus at the Portsmouth Beach Hotel and with no AC or screens – they were exposed to the elements of the island. At the time it was a three semester program on the medical science campus and in the fourth semester, students relocated to the capital of Dominica - Roseau – where there was a satellite classroom near the Princess Margaret Hospital.
THE RUSM COMMUNITY - A BOND LIKE NO OTHER
Dr. Ippolito looks back at this RUSM experience with gratitude. “The small class sizes and sense of community was amazing. We were all working together and formed strong powerful bonds. It was about teamwork, supporting a tight-knit community – we became like family. Faculty were always available and accessible to tutor, mentor and support students. They were very integrated with their students – a tradition that continues today.”
A FRONTIER IN MEDICAL EDUCATION
As a medical student in the early 80s, Ross students were getting exposure to clinical applications and direct patient care in their second year. While this is a common practice and the current model at medical school today, this wasn’t always the case.
A PRACTICING PHYSICIAN
After graduating from RUSM in ’86, Dr. Ippolito completed a three-year residency in Family Medicine at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, New York. He then completed two years of fellowship training in Ob/Gyn and Faculty Development at the State University of New York Downstate Medical School, and then joined the Medical School as a Clinical Assistant Professor, where is still teaching today. Dr. Ippolito was founder and director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York from 1993 until 1996, when he became Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Queens, New York. In 2000, Dr. Ippolito was named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York, where he continues to serve today.
HIS ROLE AT RUSM COMES FULL CIRCLE
While serving as a Residency Director and Associate Department Chair at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Dr. Ippolito joined RUSM as the Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences in 1994 and in fact, was responsible for opening the door for RUSM students to secure clerkships and residencies at the hospital. From there his connection to RUSM was renewed as he continued in faculty and leadership roles to the present day. He also helped to establish additional student programs at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital, both of which now routinely recruit RUSM graduates into their residencies.
HIS CURRENT CONTRIBUTIONS TO RUSM
Dr. Ippolito recently assumed a new role as Assistant Dean of Academic Operations and Chair of the Admissions Committee. He serves as a RUSM Clinical Professor and continues to Chair the Clinical Sciences Evaluation Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee as well as participate in accreditation affairs.
THE RUSM LEGACY
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of RUSM and the path ahead. I see us continuing to focus on our commitment to academic excellent and successful student outcomes. But also see RUSM as a leader in fulfilling societal needs in the medical community.”