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The Past

1978
  • June 23

    University of Dominica School of Medicine

    Ross University School of Medicine was initially founded as the University of Dominica School of Medicine.

  • NOVEMBER

    World Health Organization

    World Health Organization approval granted.

  • DECEMBER

    first class of students

    RUSM admitted first class of students with advanced standing to clinical sciences.

1979
  • April

    first class of students

    RUSM admitted its first class of students to the basic sciences division.

  • Late August

    Hurricane David hit the southern port of Dominica

    Hurricane David hit the southern port of Dominica. RUSM students were relocated to the American University in Washington D.C. for over a year before they were able to return to Dominica.

1980
  • January

    Grads 1984

    First RUSM class graduates with students, including Dr. Hugo Romeu '80.

1981
  • March

    RUSM moved to their newly constructed main campus in Portsmouth, on the north side of Dominica on the Caribbean shore.

  • Student Brochure

    University of Dominica Brochure Cover 1981
1982
  • March

    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Robert Ross founded Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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1983
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    RUSM Students became eligible for Title 4 financial aid funding, qualifying them for US federal student loans.

1984
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    University of Dominica School of Medicine officially changed its name to Ross University School of Medicine.

  • Ross Memory Finkelstien

    First class that completed Ross University School of Medicine's full curriculum in basic sciences & clinical studies graduated, including Dr. Michael Finkelstein '84.

1986
  • Dr. Scott Ippolito '86

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Scott Ippolito '86

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1987
  • Dr. Kent Crighton '87

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Kent Crighton '87

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1988
  • Dr. Amir Alikhani '88

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Amir Alikhani '88 | Read Profile

    Uncle of Dr. Armin Kamyab '08
  • Dr. Raymond Adebiyi

    Faculty Profile

    Dr. Raymond Adebiyi

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1989
  • Student Brochure

    RUSM Brochure Cover 1989
1990
  • California State Flag

    The State of California approved Ross University School of Medicine's program, allowing RUSM students to complete clinical clerkships at approved affiliated hospitals within the state of California and allowing the licensure of RUSM graduates.

1992
  • Ross University School of Medicine in 1992.

1993
  • Dr. Maher 'Mike' Agha '93

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Maher 'Mike' Agha '93

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1995
  • Ross University School of Medicine in 1995.

1996
  • Ross University School of Medicine in 1996.

1997
  • Princess Margaret Hospital

    New RUSM teaching facility opened up at Princess Margaret Hospital.

  • New Jersey

    New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners approved the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) medical education program, allowing RUSM students to complete their clinical clerkships at state approved hospitals.

  • New York

    New York State Education Department approved the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) medical education program, allowing RUSM students to complete clinical clerkships at approved affiliated hospitals within the state of New York.

The Present

2000
  • APRIL 14

    first class of students

    Ross University School of Medicine sold to Leeds Equity Partners III, L.P. and J.W. Child Equity Partners II, L.P.

2001
  • Rezak Sisters

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Kristin Rezak '01 & Dr. Amy Rezak Alger '01

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    The Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education granted RUSM the full licensure for its clinical training program, allowing students to participate in clinical training at approved teaching hospitals.

  • Alumni Story

    Alumni Story

    Dr. Lamia Kadir '01

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  • Faculty Profile

    Faculty Profile

    Dr. Jorge C. Rios

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2002
  • Intro to the Salybia Mission Project

    The Salybia Mission Project was started by RUSM faculty and students to offer medical aid and help to the indigineous Kalinago population in Dominica.

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2003
  • MAY 16

    DeVry, Inc.

    Ross University School of Medicine was acquired by DeVry, Inc.

2004
  • Carey James

    Faculty Profile

    Carey James

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  • Introduction of MERP

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    The Medical Readiness Program, was originally called the Medical Education Review program, was started to offer additional academic preparation to foster success in medical school.

2005
  • Laura Welke, PhD

    Faculty Profile

    Laura Welke, PhD

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  • Alumni Story

    Alumni Story

    Dr. Patrick Dolan '05

    "I met and married the love of my life at Ross, Dr. Vanitha Asokan, class of 2005."

2006
  • Alumni Story

    Alumni Story

    Dr. Omar Saleem '06

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2007
  • Dr. Chillemi '07

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Chillemi '07 | Read Profile | View Gallery

    Brother & Brother-in-law of Dr. Filippo Chillemi '09 & Dr. Mary Lynn Chillemi
  • Dr. Panagiotis 'Taki' Galanupoulos '07

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Panagiotis 'Taki' Galanupoulos '07

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2008
  • Dr. Armin Kamyab '08

    Alumni Profile

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    Nephew of Dr. Amir Alikhani '88
  • Dr. Nicole Saphier '08

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Nicole Saphier '08

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2009
  • Dr. Filippo Chillemi '09 and wife Dr. Mary Chillemi '09

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Filippo Chillemi '09 & wife Dr. Mary Chillemi '09 | Read Profile

    Brother & Sister-in-law of Dr. Salvatore Chillemi '07
2010
  • Dr. Ray King '10

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Ray King '10

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2012
  • Miramar, Florida

    RUSM main administrative offices moved to Miramar, Florida from New Jersey.

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    Dr. Joseph Flaherty was the 1st Dean & Chancellor at RUSM that previously presided at a US Medical School.

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  • Marketing Ad

2013
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    Graduated 10,000th student
    Megan Yee

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  • Marketing Ad

    RUSM Ad 2013
2015
  • Dr. Nicole Reeves

    Faculty Profile

    Dr. Nicole Reeves

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  • Dr. Moazzum Bajwa '15

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Moazzum Bajwa '15

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2016
  • Dr. Tejas Shah '16

    Alumni Profile

    Dr. Tejas Shah '16

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2017
  • MARCH

    William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP

    Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, was appointed Dean and Chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine.

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  • September 18

    Hurricane Maria

    Hurricane Maria struck Dominica, it's been regarded as the worst natural disaster on record to strike Dominica. The hurricane reached a category 5 strength before making landfall, becoming the very first category 5 hurricane to directly hit the island. Within days, RUSM began to safely evacuate all the students from Dominica to the US and Canada.

  • October

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    RUSM students resumed their Fall '18 semester in St. Kitts.

2018
  • January 15

    News Conference video

    US RUSM students resumed their studies temporarily in Knoxville, TN & Canadian Students in St. Kitts.

  • March

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    Announced that RUSM will temporarily remain in Knoxville, TN & St. Kitts through the end of 2018.

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  • Residency

    2018 Current Residency Listings

    Over 600+ current and former Ross University School of Medicine graduates attained residencies in 16 disciplines in 2018.

    2018 Residency Appointments
  • 2018 Commencement Highlights

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The Future

  • 2018 Notable Graduating MDs

  • Magna Summa Cum Laude 2018 Grads

  • Student Spotlights

  • Dean Owen's Closing Remarks

    Dean Owen's Closing Remarks