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Ross will be moving to barbados!

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  1. cakepops said:

    Ross will be moving to barbados!

    Dear Student,

    More than 40 years ago, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) started the important work of educating future physicians. We have now finalized a decision that will take us forward for the next 40 years and beyond: RUSM has decided to permanently relocate from Dominica to a new purpose built campus in Barbados. After careful consideration of multiple options, including a review of our academic and infrastructure requirements and future plans for RUSM, we believe the move is in the long-term best interest of our RUSM community.

    RUSM has groomed thousands of medical students to become skilled physicians practicing throughout the U.S. and Canada. We have collectively celebrated these achievements even when challenged with extraordinary events out of our control. But our resilience and commitment as a student-centered, educational community has never faltered. Our students and we were both made stronger.

    These attributes of the RUSM community will be brought to our new purpose-built medical school campus in Barbados and continue to define a high quality medical education at RUSM. Our Fall semester will continue with campuses in Knoxville, Tennessee and St. Kitts through December 2018. Our transition to the new Barbados campus location will meet the next semester start date of January 2019, pending final regulatory approval from the U.S. Department of Education.

    We look forward to welcoming you on campus and delivering the quality medical education that will prepare you for your life’s work as a physician. RUSM’s true track record of success is our 14,000+ alumni and the aspiring physicians who will ultimately meet the challenges of, and make a difference in, the healthcare community.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. I can be contacted at [email protected] .

    William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP
    Dean and Chancellor

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  2. LinkMD said:
    This is crazy news...its hard to imagine Ross without Dominica and Dominica without Ross. Without the hurricane devastation I don't think we would be having this conversation. Maybe they are using this as an opportunity to start over and choose an island that will be more appealing to applicants?

    I do feel bad for the island and I hope they can recover. I'm curious to see how this whole process will develop in Barbados in terms of infrastructure, classrooms and housing. Thus far, it sounds like they will be using buildings that were originally earmarked for government use.
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    medic300107 said:
    Yeah I honestly think Ross was prepared to stay in the DOM as they built a 40 million dollar student center to be used for 1 yr. To leave that kind of investment behind wouldn't be intentional. From what I read Dom still only has 80% of necessary student housing available and infrastructure still not where it needs to be. I think the school had no way to guarantee campus would be ready by January and if this happened again in the future they didn't want to have to move like they did. Stinks for Dominica but I get the reason behind it. Also it is a better island for the school to recruit.
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  4. LinkMD said:
    Quote Originally Posted by medic300107 View Post
    From what I read Dom still only has 80% of necessary student housing available and infrastructure still not where it needs to be. I think the school had no way to guarantee campus would be ready by January
    Yeah, this appears to be the main issue. After almost one year since the hurricane, Dominica just hasn't recovered enough and unfortunately without the influx of income from Ross.. it may take even longer.

    There was something rather unique about Dominica.. it's too bad. Although, it may better for the school in the long run.
  5. VidDr said:
    The weather can be rough on those islands. AUC had to move some time back as well!
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