why choose ross university school of medicine
As a doctor, you’ll face many tough decisions over the course of your career. One of the toughest comes at the very beginning: which medical school should you choose?
If you’re overwhelmed by all your options, you’re not alone. The good news is, narrowing down your choices can be easier than you think. It all comes down to which school gives you the best combination of immersive learning experiences and focused academic support.
It’s no surprise that, for most MD students, the clear choice is Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). Below are our top reasons students choose RUSM — and when you’re finished reading, be sure to visit us and learn more about our MD program.
1. Ross University School of Medicine is an Accredited Caribbean Medical School
Ross University School of Medicine is an accredited medical school, determined by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP, www.caam-hp.org).* The United States Department of Education through its National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), has determined that the accreditation standards employed by CAAM HP are comparable with those used to evaluate programs leading to the MD degree in the United States. RUSM’s medical school accreditation means students are eligible to participate in the US Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Ross University School of Medicine also has several U.S. State approvals and recognitions. View our accreditation and program recognition page for more information.
2. Our alumni network is one of the largest in the U.S. (15,000+)
As one of the largest providers of doctors to the entire U.S. healthcare system, RUSM graduates are practicing in 954 counties, in all fifty U.S. states.
3. We have an active commitment to addressing physician diversity
Although African Americans and Latinx account for more than 31 percent of the U.S. population, they make up less than 11 percent of U.S. medical school graduates. That’s not good enough.
RUSM is dedicated to bucking this trend with a commitment to creating broader access and addressing physician diversity. In 2018 alone, 21% of the RUSM graduating class was African American or Latinx.
We partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the country through our AIM’s Scholar Program, creating new pathways for underrepresented minority students to attend medical school.
4. We offer flexible start dates: September, January or May
We’re ready when you are. RUSM offers three session starts to allow you to start your MD when it’s convenient for you and your own personal journey. Session starts are available in September, January and May. Talk to our supportive admission advisors to learn more.
5. Our USMLE Step 1 pass rate is 96.7%
RUSM USMLE Step 1 pass rates are in line with U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Starting with your first day at med school, RUSM gives you the hands-on training and personalized instruction you need to prepare for your boards exam. The result is an exceptionally high Step 1 pass rate, and increased confidence for students as they conquer one of the biggest challenges of their careers.
6. We have competitive first-time residency rates: 92% in 2020-2021
In 2021, our first-time residency rate was 92%. 579 current and former Ross University School of Medicine graduates attained residencies in 2020 in 14 disciplines. This included residencies in urology, obstetrics, and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, psychiatry, radiology, surgery, neurology, and more. If you’d like to learn more, check out our residency records.
7. Every clinical student gets a dedicated team of advisOrs
We think clinicals are too important to your development as a physician for you to go it alone. A support hub of advisors that assist you with everything from clinical questions to financial aid inquiries and our students find it incredibly valuable.
8. Our clinical program covers a range of patient populations and healthcare systems
RUSM has 17 affiliation agreements with hospital systems in 10 states, as well as Puerto Rico. Because we have so many affiliations, our students are able to complete all their rotations in the same location. And that comes with all sorts of advantages — fewer costs on your end, more time to build professional relationships, and more. Perhaps most important, it gives you a consistent clinical environment as you rotate through different disciplines.
9. Our students share in our dedication to making medicine accessible
The national average of students completing their residencies in primary care hovers around 40 percent. But for RUSM alums, that number is more than double at just under 90 percent. Additionally, following graduation, 40 percent of RUSM alums choose to practice in areas with a healthcare shortage. Our students are connecting with populations where their presence makes a life-changing impact.
10. WE ARE TITLE IV ELIGIBLE AND OFFER COMPLIMENTARY CAMPUS TOURS
The Office of Student Finance at RUSM is committed to helping eligible students find financial aid including student loan programs and scholarships. We’re also U.S. Title IV Funding eligible (most Caribbean medical schools aren’t).
Before making the financial commitment, all individuals who are accepted to RUSM are invited to visit our Medical Sciences campus for a pre-orientation tour. To allow you to make the best decision without worry, RUSM covers the full cost of round-trip airfare plus two nights hotel stay in Barbados upfront.* The pre-orientation tour is an opportunity to explore Barbados and connect with faculty and students before enrolling.
*Ross University School of Medicine is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP, www.caam-hp.org).
CAAM-HP is the legally constituted body established in 2003 under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programs of medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM.
Accreditation by CAAM-HP is a rigorous, peer review process which examines all aspects of a medical program. The CAAM-HP board, an independent and autonomous body of professionals, only certifies medical schools which are operating at the highest levels of industry standards.
Through this accreditation, the CAAM-HP provides assurance to medical students, graduates, the medical profession, healthcare institutions and the public that programs leading to qualifications in medicine meet appropriate national and international standards for educational quality, and that the graduates have a sufficiently complete and valid educational experience.
Ross University School of Medicine’s Simulation Institute is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH, www.ssih.org) in the areas of Teaching/Education, since November 2013.
*To be eligible, you must be admitted to Ross University School of Medicine. Students who are residents of the state of New York must also have paid a seat deposit in order to be eligible. Students who are residents of the state of Florida are not eligible due to state regulations.
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If you’re overwhelmed by all your options, read the top reasons why you should choose Ross University School of Medicine.
The Ross University School of Medicine curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire and master basic sciences concepts and prepare to integrate knowledge of these concepts into clinical care.
The Ross Advantage: Personalized support throughout your medical education. We support your success every step of the way.
The majority of our graduates secure residencies through the National Resident Matching Program.