Student Life in Barbados
Learn about academic and student life at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in Barbados, and why hundreds of students each year make the decision to attend RUSM.
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Ross University School of Medicine Barbados Academic Facilities
The Ross University School of Medicine Barbados campus is designed to provide a contemporary learning environment that will prepare today’s medical students to meet the complex needs of their future patients. Among the facility’s most significant features are the clinical learning laboratories.
At RUSM, students use such medical imaging technology as touchscreen monitors and digital anatomy tables to easily review anatomical and radiological images. Students may view normal and abnormal pathological and diagnostic images to review clinical cases for a comprehensive clinical anatomy and radiology classroom experience. Students evaluate such medical images as MRIs, X-rays, and CT Scans, and they can develop the skills to determine the diagnosis and type of treatment a patient may need.
The RUSM facilities replicate a typical hospital setting. Each space is equipped with current medical technologies and Human Patient Simulators to help prepare students for quality care. Students are able to imitate complex, real-life patient scenarios, enhancing their clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and communication skills.
RUSM exam rooms are designed to replicate the outpatient setting and are fully equipped to resemble contemporary medical exam rooms. Simulations involving standardized patients are designed to teach and evaluate students’ history taking, examination, and communication skills.
The Ross University School of Medicine Barbados campus is fully equipped with an array of progressive human research technologies. The lab is dedicated to exploring the physiological function and regulation of major organ systems and their components in the human body.
The RUSM campus features a contemporary microscopy lab. Students have access to microscope demonstrations and evaluation tests, and they can analyze bodily fluids and tissue slides, further developing their knowledge in chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, and molecular pathology. Pathology Lab equipment is available to complete assignments in the Medical Sciences curriculum.
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Ross University School of Medicine in Barbados - Student Life
From white sand beaches to colonial-style buildings in Bridgetown, Barbados is full of natural and man-made attractions. Named for the bearded (barbado) fig trees once abundant on the island, the striking beauty of Barbados and its people make this location a special place to call home during your time at RUSM.
As an RUSM student, you’ll spend one-third of your time in Barbados. After semester one, students can stay in the RUSM community or select an offsite location to stay on the island. Learn more about on- and off-campus housing at Ross University School of Medicine in Barbados.
Review important information for admitted students, including academic programs for student support and campus orientation.
A grocery store located on the residential grounds of Ross University School of Medicine Barbados contains many of your favorite brands from home. Garden-fresh local produce and specialty products are readily available, including gluten-free, allergen friendly, and organic options. Visit the local shopping options in the surrounding areas.
Students can access Coverley Medical Centre (Sandy Crest Clinic), at +1 246-627-1000) or the RUSM Wellness and Counseling Center for their health needs. The Ross University School of Medicine Barbados also offers a pharmacy, ensuring easy access to quality healthcare.
The Coffee Bean and Island Caterer’s Cafeteria are located at the LESC. Starbucks Coffee is within walking distance and Sky Mall has a food court where you can find pizza, Caribbean food, and more. Coverley restaurants are listed here.
You’ll find restaurants and salons on the village grounds for your convenience. Local tourist destinations, places of worship, a variety of chain stores, and restaurants with accessible transportation to campus and surrounding areas are also nearby.
The Ross University School of Medicine Barbados bus system will provide transportation to and from campus and other designated areas of the island. There is a parking garage on campus with dedicated spaces for RUSM students and staff.
Barbados is a coral island and is known for its pristine beaches, reefs, turquoise bays, coastal views, rolling hills, and such natural wonders as Harrison's Cave.
The island is twenty-one miles long and fourteen miles wide. Barbados is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and is the easternmost of the Lesser Antilles island group. It currently has the third oldest parliament in the world, in operation since 1639.
From white-sand beaches to expansive golf courses, Barbados is a blend of modern comforts and Caribbean paradise. Barbados gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, but British influence on the island can still be found in horse racing, cricket matches, and colonial-style architecture.
Ross Medical School Barbados - Recreation
Whether you enjoy long walks on the beach, exploring historical heritage sites, or exploring the flora and fauna, Barbados has endless possibilities for leisure activities. If hiking, walking on the beach, or simply being outside in a beautiful environment appeals to you, you’ll find Barbados a very special place.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Cave Tours
- Botanical Gardens
- Coastal Sightseeing
Ross Medical School Barbados - Student Activities
Student activities, clubs, and sports are an important part of student life at Ross University School of Medicine in Barbados. RUSM supports a wide variety of student organizations for students to engage in outside the classroom, ranging from service to specialty interests. RUSM currently has approximately 40 different student groups for nearly every interest. Learn more about our clubs and organizations and how you can get involved.
Recreational opportunities abound on the island and are a great way to unwind from the challenging medical school curriculum.
Intramural Sports at RUSM:
- Flag Football
Learn more about fitness activities on campus at RUSM.
Settled by the English in the 1620s and gaining independence in 1966, Barbados offers a distinct culture deeply rooted in a mixture of English, Scottish, Irish, and African heritages. Most people on the island speak English, and the cultural mix is most evident in the creole inspired cuisine and the traditional music, a combination of Scottish fife and African drum.
From white sand beaches to colonial-style buildings in Bridgetown, Barbados is full of natural and man-made attractions.
Barbados is 24 miles long and 14 miles wide and completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It is a coral island with gorgeous white sand beaches. Barbados also offers its own "7 natural wonders" to explore.
The average daily temperature is about 80˚F with cooling, coastal North-East trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean.
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Choose your own living experience, on or offsite after your first semester.
From white sand beaches to colonial-style buildings, Bridgetown, Barbados is full of natural and man-made attractions.
RUSM provides students, faculty and staff with a range of services: health clinic, family services, dining and club fitness.