The Ross University Medical School is one of a number of medical schools in the Caribbean that offers students from all over the world the chance to pursue an MD that they can then ‘take home’ to practice medicine in their home country.
The fact is that US medical schools receive fr more qualified applicants every year than they can actually accept, so the choice between all of these candidates often has to be made by percentage point differences in MCAT scores and GPAs, something that can end the dream of some very apt students.
Ross, which is located in the beautiful Commonwealth of Dominica in the former British West Indies, also takes these very important scores into consideration but they also look at a student’s overall academic undergraduate track record when considering applicants, essentially giving those who fell a few test points shy of a medical school cut off in the past, but do have the right overall qualifications, something of a second chance.
Students who are accepted at Ross spend the first 16 months of their enrollment in Dominica, and then head to the school’s Miami Campus in the US for a semester before embarking on clinical rotations at one of the seventy different teaching hospitals that the university is associated with.
Unlike some of the other medical schools in the Caribbean MD degrees from Ross Medical School are accepted without need for further qualification by the licensing boards of almost all US states, including the harder than usual to please licensing boards in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Connecticut. They are also acceptable in most European countries and in India.
The faculty at Ross medical school is a very diverse one, made up of doctors and professors from all over the world, something that also reflects the diversity of the students enrolled at the school. A great majority of the faculty is from the US but there are also professors from the UK, India, Australia and South America to name just a few places, so students get an international perspective on the practice of medicine in the 21st century that they may not actually get at a more traditional medical school.
Dominica is a small volcanic island that is one of the most beautiful in the region, so to say that students have a beautiful place to live is a bit of an understatement! There is no formal dorm on the campus though, but the University does maintain a network of trusted landlords that students – and their families if such things are applicable – can rent at a fair and reasonable rate.
Since the school opened in 1978 it has awarded over 8,500 graduates with a Doctor of Medicine degree, with the majority of those graduates going on to work in a diverse selection of positions in the US and Canada.