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Ross University School of Medicine Succeeds Where Others Fall Short, According to Standards Established in New Report
Date:3/23/2009

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  • Stressing the principles of quality improvement, patient safety, and patient-centered care
  • Preparing students to work effectively and collaboratively as members of healthcare teams
  • Using community-based settings as classrooms
  • Ensuring that students participate in public health education
  • Emphasizing the importance of problem solving and self-directed learning.

  • Specifically, Ross University's four-semester Foundations of Medicine curriculum provides students with clinical exposure and an opportunity to interact with patients. In addition to traditional teaching practices, students also participate in small-group, problem-based learning sessions focused on clinical issues. Ross University also makes extensive use of human patient simulators throughout its curriculum that are designed to provide students with a safe and supportive learning environment in which to practice life-saving skills. All Ross students also take part in Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine (AICM), which provides an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a clinical setting. Upon completion of AICM, students have the necessary foundation to move directly into their clinical rotations at teaching hospitals throughout the United States.

    The report also notes that U.S. medical schools must employ a more "balanced, comprehensive set of admission criteria" and should "develop and utilize more effective methods than those currently employed to enlarge and diversify the pool of applicants for admission."

    At Ross, the student body is markedly diverse--under-represented minorities comprise nearly 20 percent of the student body--and although GPA and MCAT results do play a substantial role in the admissions process, Ross also takes into account e
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