Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean. Read More...
Caribbean medical schools providing an opportunity for aspiring medical students from around the world to fulfill their dream to become a physician.
We understand choosing a medical school is one of the most important decisions of your life, so let us help you get there with information about our educational Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, descriptions of our facilities and curriculum, requirements for medical school, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Since 1978, we have been providing an outstanding medical education to prospective physicians from basic sciences to clinical rotations in more than 40 US teaching hospitals. In fact, RUSM has proudly graduated more than 11,000 physicians during its years of service who have come home to practice in all 50 states in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and beyond.
At RUSM, our mission is to prepare highly dedicated medical students to become effective, successful physicians. We focus on imparting the knowledge, skills, and values required for our students to establish a successful and satisfying career in the healthcare world.
Recruited from leading medical institutions around the world, Ross University School of Medicine's handpicked faculty have outstanding credentials in teaching and research. While members of the RUSM faculty do conduct research, their primary responsibility is teaching—to maximize their availability to our students and provide them with the support needed to meet the extremely demanding requirements of the RUSM curriculum.
Graduates of Ross University School of Medicine have gone into nearly every specialty of medicine, including: transplant nephrology, invasive cardiology, plastic surgery, pulmonary medicine, neonatology, endocrinology, rheumatology, geriatric medicine, infectious diseases and hematology/oncology.
The success of RUSM alumni proves the rigor of our medical training and the character of our students. Many of our alumni have also gone on to achieve positions as chief residents, earn academic posts at US medical schools, become board certified specialists, and be recognized researchers and practitioners.
RUSM graduates are eligible to practice medicine in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico once they pass the requisite licensing examinations. Foreign citizens who do not have permanent residency in the US can practice in the US; however, they must meet the various Immigration Law requirements.
The United States Department of Education (ED) has found the accreditation standards used by the Dominica Medical Board to evaluate Ross University School of Medicine to be comparable to those used by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to evaluate accredited US medical schools.
ED has certified RUSM as an eligible institution for Title IV Federal Direct Student Loans, so students who qualify are eligible to receive US student loans to attend.
There are only four states in the US (California, Florida, New Jersey, and New York) that have a process to evaluate, accredit and approve an international medical school's academic program for the purpose of either licensing its graduates and/or clinical and residency training in those states. RUSM is one of only a few international medical schools that received state approvals from all four.
Because US medical schools receive far more applications from qualified candidates than they can possibly accept, they typically establish cutoffs based on MCAT scores and GPAs.
At Ross, we take a holistic approach. Yes, we consider your MCAT score and final GPA. But our medical school admissions requirements take into account your overall academic performance, work and life experience.
Medicine is a profession and a business. But at its heart, it is a calling. Very few undergo the rigors of medical school and residency without being driven by some inner calling to improve the well-being of others.
Medicine has become what it is today through the contributions of thousands of men and women who experienced that calling and acted on it. If you have it, we want you to act on it.
At our premier medical school in the Caribbean, our mission is "to prepare highly dedicated students to become effective, successful physicians."
We want you to become successful in medicine, whatever that means to you—whether it's caring for patients in a rural, underserved area or pushing the frontiers of medical knowledge in a big city medical center. Only you can decide what's right for you.
But your decision will require dedication. Becoming a doctor involves mastering many different skills. None of them are intrinsically easy—but they will be worth it.
Ross University School of Medicine is committed to pushing the frontiers of medical education, providing our students with the foundation they need to pursue a successful career in healthcare.
Here are just a few of the ways Ross maintains a reputation for excellence:
Curriculum: In just four or five semesters (20 months) at our Caribbean campus , you will take the organ based system foundations that will provide you with an essential foundation in developmental and microscopic anatomy, biochemistry, medical genetics, neuroscience, gross anatomy, physiology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, behavioral sciences, and an introduction to clinical medicine. We also offer an accelerated program of just four semesters in the basic sciences (16 months).
Facilities: Students will benefit from exceptional teaching and high-tech laboratory facilities designed with extensive multi-media and simulation capabilities.
Faculty: At Ross, students benefit from a Foundations of Medicine faculty with impeccable credentials as physicians, teachers and researchers. Every member of the Ross University faculty holds an MD and/or PhD degree. Many are also board certified in their specialties.
Clinical Rotations: RUSM is proud to be affiliated with seven clinical hubs across the US: New York, Chicago, California, Florida, Maryland and Georgia.
Residencies: Many of our graduates obtain residencies at the earliest available start dates and are well received by residency directors in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved hospitals throughout the US.
Approvals: Some states (New Jersey, New York, California and Florida) require approval for international medical schools, and RUSM is approved in each of these states.
Ross University School of Medicine believes in building strong relationships with four-year colleges and universities, with the purpose of helping eligible students move seamlessly from their undergraduate studies to medical school.
A Doctor of Medicine (MD) is awarded upon the successful completion of the Basic Sciences curriculum, the Clinical Sciences curriculum, and the US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Steps 1 and 2.
During semesters 1-5, you will live in Dominica and complete the Foundations of Medicine curriculum at the Portsmouth campus before taking the USMLE Step 1. Students on the accelerated program compete their coursework in four semesters (16 months).
The Foundations of Medicine curriculum offers:
This 90-week clinical training program begins with a 6-week Internal Medicine Foundations Clerkship, held in South Florida. Upon completion of IMF, the remaining 84 weeks consist of 44 weeks of core clerkship and 40 weeks of elective clerkships.
During this time, students put their foundations to work, and get hands-on training while participating in patient care, rotating through different medical specialties at affiliated US teaching hospitals.
The required core clerkships are:
Students are required to complete core and elective rotations, and pass the USMLE Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) to be eligible for graduation.For more information on curriculum visit: http://www.rossu.edu/medical-school/academics/index.cfm
Making the decision to go to medical school is both a major decision and financial commitment. RUSM is committed to doing everything possible to minimize financial concerns for prospective students wishing to pursue medicine.
RUSM maintains a competitive tuition and provides the support students need to obtain loans and cost-effective living arrangements during their stay at the Ross campus on Dominica and during clinical rotations.
Students accepted for admission to RUSM, and those who are in attendance and maintaining standards of satisfactory academic progress, may apply for student loans through both government and private programs to meet direct and indirect educational expenses. The maximum loan amount for which a student is eligible may not exceed the cost of attendance for the academic period in which the student is enrolled.
Financial aid is intended to fill the gap that may exist between a family's ability to afford educational expenses and the cost of attendance at the school.
The Office of Student Finance assists students in applying for several types of financial aid from a variety of sources. Typically, students at RUSM combine family resources, federal student loans, and scholarships and loans from other sources to finance their education. It is advisable for all students -- including those who have applied for financial aid -- to bring sufficient funds with them to cover their initial month's living and housing expenses.
Canadian students may combine provincial loans as well as private lines of credit to fund their studies.
Dean's Award of Excellence Scholarship: The prestigious Dean's Award of Excellence Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship providing tuition assistance to select students who have shown superior academic achievement and a demonstrated desire to serve the community, as shown through their extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and MCAT/GPA scores.
Alumni Legacy Scholarship/Alumni Book Scholarship: A merit-based scholarship covering the cost of tuition for the first semester, the Alumni Legacy Scholarship opportunity is available to accepted students with exceptional community and academic achievements with a compelling letter of recommendation from a Ross alumnus or alumna. These applications will also be reviewed for the Alumni Book Scholarship.
The Eliza Ann Grier Scholarship: The Eliza Ann Grier Scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Eliza Ann Grier, the first African-American medical doctor in the state of Georgia.
For a complete listing of scholarships, please visit: www.rossu.edu/scholarships.
Ross has room for unique individuals who are passionate about medicine. We are committed to finding those students who have that passion. If you have what it takes, we want to know more about you.
If you have any questions, please contact our office by phone (855-MDROSSU) or email us. We look forward to the prospect of having you as a member of our student body.