Ross Medical University
What is Ross University?
Ross University is the island of Barbados that, in total, has been in operation for 41 years. The first two years of a student’s school at ross takes place on the island, but students return to the states for clinical training for their final two years. Ross has partnerships all around the U.S. with Hospitals for students to go to for their training. There are currently Ross graduates practicing medicine in all 50 states. In 2019, 669 residency placements were made within 24 different medical disciplines. The curriculum at Ross is based and modelled off medical schools in the states. Compared to medical school in the states, the chances of getting into ross are higher. For example, out of the people that apply to attend medical school at Stanford, only about a tenth of them get in. The Acceptance rate at Ross, however, is 93%. The reason for this is because Ross wants to give as many people as possible the opportunity to fulfil their dreams of becoming doctors. They hold a holistic view, which means they focus on a person’s progression throughout prior college instead of focusing solely on a student’s grade average. The primary message of this presentation was that, as a Ross graduate, you would have a good chance of getting a residency in the U.S. The match rate for a Ross graduate getting residency is 92% with 80% of these matches being in California.
How long does schooling on the island take?
The rate at which a person’s initial two semesters is completed at Ross can occur through one of two pathways: the first pathway is the regular track which take 5 semesters (25 months). The benefit of this track is that there is more study time built into the semester which can be helpful in getting students to better comprehending the material they need to know. The other track is the accelerated track which is 4 semesters (20 months). The benefit here is that a person can finish their first two years in less time and begin their clinical training quicker. A person can choose to take the accelerated track if they perform well in their initial months at the school.
What does Ross offer to prepare students to become doctors?
Apart of the initial schooling received is Ross’ fully digitized anatomy lab. This allows students to practice what its like to be a doctor without having to work on actual patients. The lab includes five stations for training and is supplemented by case studies to raise bring importance to what the students are trying to learn. For those interested in becoming surgeons, they also have a digital human dissection station to give a better feel of what its like to perform surgery. Vignettes are used to walkthrough student’s different patient scenarios. Also apart of the lab is an ultrasound room to give students experience in using ultrasound equipment.
An additional resource used to help students is the simulation center that includes a primary area and a simulation lab. Through demonstrating and roleplaying, the goal of the simulation center is to help rid students of the nervousness they may experience as doctors.
What is student life like at Ross?
Ross University has a very diverse student environment when it comes to ethnicity and they have clubs that students can join they may pertain to student cultures or medical specialties.
Ross provides housing for its students in an area called “Coverly.” Students are placed in 3-bedroom housing areas that are near restaurants and sporting areas for the students to enjoy. Shuttling is also provided to get students to the university. The average shuttle ride is about 20 minutes.
What is Ross’ history?
Ross College was stationed for 38 years on the island of Dominiqua, but after a hurricane came in and caused an evacuation of the campus, the school slowly transitioned to its current location on Barbados. In the meantime, student continued their studying at Lincoln Memorial University. Barbados is apart of the British Commonwealth and can be reached by air travel from the state of Florida.
Where does clinical training occur?
After a student’s first two years at the college, students perform their clinical training in the states. A student can choose one of many training hospitals to study at that are partnered with Ross. Two of these hospitals include California’s own Kern Medical Center and California Hospital Medical Center.
Ross University works via a Quarter-System with three quarters equating to one semester in length of another college.
What are the prerequisites to get into Ross?
Prerequisites to get into Ross include two semesters of biology with labs, two semesters of general chemistry with labs, 2 semesters of organic chemistry with labs, 2 semesters of physics with a lab, a semester of math, two semesters of English, and completing an essay for entry. Prior medical experience (such as volunteering at a hospital, shadowing a physician, or acting as a physician’s scribe) is also highly desired.
How can I apply to get into Ross?
Ross accepts applications year-round and can submitted either at medical.rossu.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org
What if my grades aren’t good enough to get into Ross?
For those who are under the grade requirements to get into Ross but still hold potential of becoming quality doctors, Ross will send students to a 1 semester rigorous medical preparation course in Florida called MERP. If a person is able to meet the standards of MERP, a student will have earned guaranteed admission into Ross. If a student is unsuccessful, however, they are given a total refund for their time at MERP. MERP costs $13,000 to attend.
How much does it cost to attend Ross overall?
Total schooling at Ross is about $260,000.
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