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Pursue Your MD Abroad

Make an impact through early hands-on experience with patients across the Barbados community.

Your path to becoming a physician starts in: 

 DAYS 

 HOURS 

 MINS 

 SECS. 

IMMERSIVE

Hands-on training begins your first semester through impactful, clinical experience with patients in the community.

ACCREDITED

Ross Med is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP, www.caam-hp.org).  This means you will have the opportunity to become eligible for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG ®) certification and to apply for U.S. residencies and licensure.

FLEXIBLE START DATES

Why wait? Start pursuing an MD when you’re ready. Classes start each September, January, and May.

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Over 15,000 alumni strong

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$100M+ (USD) in scholarships and grants awarded to students since 2020

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98% first-time residency attainment rate for 2023-2024 graduates**

**First-time residency attainment rate is the percent of students attaining a 2024-25 residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2023-24 who were active applicants in the 2024 NRMP match or who attained a residency position outside the NRMP match.

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RUSM students’ five-year cumulative first-time pass rate for the USMLE® Step 1 exam is 86.8% from 2019-2023.*

*First-time pass rate is the number of students passing the USMLE Step 1 exam on the first attempt divided by the number of students whose first attempt was in 2019-2023.  In order to sit for the USMLE Step 1 exam students must successfully complete the Medical Sciences curriculum and earn a satisfactory score on the NBME CBSE exam as listed in the student handbook.

FIND PURPOSE IN PARADISE

  • With beautiful Barbados as a backdrop, you will learn in a culturally diverse environment making an undeniable impact in the local community
  • A technologically advanced campus learning environment to prepare you to meet the complex needs of your future patients
  • Complete your first two years on our island campus before returning to the U.S. for your clinical rotations within our network of 29 affiliate hospitals

Global Perspective, Local Impact: Clinical Return Home Offer

Spend your first 2 years in Barbados and return home for clinical training. Ross Med is guaranteeing a limited number of Year 3 core clerkships at five of our regional affiliate hospitals.* This is an opportunity for aspiring students who would like to eventually practice in their home community.

*There is a limited number of guaranteed spots available at each site per term, and Ross Med cannot guarantee that all eligible students will be placed at the designated site in their home area. In addition to applying to Ross Med, being accepted, and paying the seat deposit before guaranteed clerkship seats are filled, students must meet all eligibility requirements listed below. Ross Med offers three start dates per year in September, January, and May. New seats will become available for each start. An applicant may have the option to choose a later start if spots have been filled.

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Access to Education

 

 Holistic admissions process, reviewing not just grades and MCAT scores, but also your potential, character, and drive to be a physician

• Continuum of student supports including one-on-one coaching, workshops, peer tutoring, United States Medical License Examinations® (USMLE ®) Step exams prep, and transition assistance to Clinical Sciences, graduation, and residency

Commitment to equitable educational opportunities for our future healthcare professionals through our partnership program with HBCUs and HSIs

 

Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP)

 

• 15-week online program designed to prepare promising applicants for success in medical school

Strengthens core academic areas with an emphasis on basic sciences

• Focus on small group learning and study techniques

• Students who successfully complete the program matriculate into the next first semester MD class

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FIRST-SEMESTER TUITION BACK GUARANTEE

RUSM is confident in our students and their ability to successfully transition to the rigorous demands of medical school. We believe in you and your ability to succeed so much so that we’re willing to refund your first-semester tuition if you don’t pass.

New, first-time matriculating MD students who complete semester 1, including final exams, and do not advance to semester 2 because they earned a failing grade in a semester 1 courses/modules required for advancement are eligible for the guarantee. Students eligible for the guarantee receive a reimbursement of tuition based on the following formula: tuition assessed minus institutional scholarships or grants received. Please note, only tuition is included in this guarantee, any fees and other expenses and/or charges are excluded.

REMOTE LEARNING OPTION

While we will continue to deliver our program in person on island in the September 2022 semester, we are excited to announce we are offering a remote option for first-time first-semester students for their first term only* to give them flexibility in learning options to start their medical education. RUSM is committed to providing medical students choosing to start online with the same knowledge and expertise that their classmates in Barbados will receive.

*The September 2022 semester remote option for new, first-time first semester students is contingent on the U.S. COVID-19 national emergency declaration and federal allowances. If the national emergency declaration and federal allowances are terminated prior to the end of the September 2022 semester, you will be required to complete your semester on island. The remote option is not offered to continuing students (semesters 2-5) or students repeating the first semester.

FIRST-SEMESTER TUITION BACK GUARANTEE

Ross University School of Medicine (Ross Med) is confident in our students and their ability to successfully transition to the rigorous demands of medical school. We believe in you and your ability to succeed so much so that we’re willing to refund your first-semester tuition if you don’t pass.

New, first-time matriculating MD students who complete semester 1, including final exams, and do not advance to semester 2 because they earned a failing grade in a semester 1 courses/modules required for advancement are eligible for the guarantee. Students eligible for the guarantee receive a reimbursement of tuition based on the following formula: tuition assessed minus institutional scholarships or grants received. Please note, only tuition is included in this guarantee, any fees and other expenses and/or charges are excluded.

REMOTE LEARNING
OPTION

While we will continue to deliver our program in person on island in the January 2023 semester, we are excited to announce we are offering a remote option for first-time first-semester students for their first term only* to give them flexibility in learning options to start their medical education. Ross Med is committed to providing medical students choosing to start online with the same knowledge and expertise that their classmates in Barbados will receive.

*The January 2023 semester remote option for new, first-time first semester students is contingent on the U.S. COVID-19 national emergency declaration and federal allowances. If the national emergency declaration and federal allowances are terminated prior to the end of the January 2023 semester, you will be required to attend on island. The remote option is not offered to continuing students (semesters 2-5) or students repeating the first semester.

FEATURED EVENTS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are Ross Med students eligible to receive US federal direct student loans?
Yes! Financial aid is available to those who apply and qualify. Qualifying U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens are eligible to receive Federal student loans through the Federal Direct Loan Program which includes the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.
Will I be able to practice in the U.S.?
Yes. Ross Med students are eligible to take the USMLE® by registering with the ECFMG and are eligible to apply for licensure in all states in the United States.
What is required to apply for the MD program?

Ross Med’s admissions requirements include:

  • Completed prerequisite coursework, all of which cannot be more than 10 years old
  • A bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) or higher
  • Submission of your Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores

A full list of our application requirements, including prerequisite courses, can be found here.

What is required for medical school?

Applying to Caribbean medical schools is very similar to a U.S. medical school. At Ross Med, our Admissions team looks at a variety of factors when reviewing your application to medical school, including:

  • Academic achievement (GPA and MCAT score)
  • Course Requirements – The minimum prerequisite requirements are:
    • Inorganic or General Chemistry: Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories
    • Organic Chemistry: Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories
    • General Biology or Zoology: Two semesters of biology or zoology with laboratories
    • Physics: One semester (four semester hours) with laboratory
    • Mathematics: One semester of college-level mathematics (three semester hours), preferably calculus or statistics
    • English: Two semesters (six semester hours)
      • Canadian students may satisfy the English requirements in 3 possible ways: (1) 2 semesters of University humanities where essays composed at least 40% of the overall mark, (2) International Baccalaureate English and (3) Advanced Placement English. 
  • Extracurriculars, including clinical experience, community service, and/or involvement in clubs or other organizations
  • Personal qualities, such as compassion and leadership

As medical school admissions criteria may vary slightly, it is important for applicants to become knowledgeable about each institution’s requirements prior to applying.
​A full list of Ross Med’s application requirements can be found here.

Is Ross University School of Medicine accredited?

Ross University School of Medicine is an accredited medical school, determined by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP, www.caam-hp.org).

CAAM-HP is the legally constituted body established in 2003 under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programs of medical, dental, veterinary, and other health professions education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM.

Accreditation by CAAM-HP is a rigorous, peer review process which examines all aspects of a medical program. The CAAM-HP board, an independent and autonomous body of professionals, only certifies medical schools which are operating at the highest levels of industry standards.

Through this accreditation, the CAAM-HP provides assurance to medical students, graduates, the medical profession, healthcare institutions and the public that programs leading to qualifications in medicine meet appropriate national and international standards for educational quality, and that the graduates have a sufficiently complete and valid educational experience.

Does Ross Med accept international students?

Yes, Ross Med gives consideration to all international medical school candidates showing the potential to succeed in our Doctor of Medicine degree program. We encourage you to learn more about our program and how we can support you through your MD journey.

Are international students required to submit their MCAT scores?

No, the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is not required for international students, but strongly encouraged. MCAT scores must be submitted by all U.S. Citizens, nationals, or eligible permanent resident applicants prior to the interview.

Does Ross Med offer scholarships for international students?

Ross Med is committed to helping aspiring doctors offset the cost of medical education. A variety of scholarships are available for international students for those who apply and qualify.

What is the deadline for applying to Ross Med?

Ross Med accepts applications throughout the year. With three start dates in September, January, and May you have the opportunity to start your MD journey when it works best for you.

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* Ross University School of Medicine is an accredited medical school, determined by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP, www.caam-hp.org). CAAM-HP is the legally constituted body established in 2003 under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programs of medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM.

Accreditation by CAAM-HP is a rigorous, peer review process which examines all aspects of a medical program. The CAAM-HP board, an independent and autonomous body of professionals, only certifies medical schools which are operating at the highest levels of industry standards.

Through this accreditation, the CAAM-HP provides assurance to medical students, graduates, the medical profession, healthcare institutions and the public that programs leading to qualifications in medicine meet appropriate national and international standards for educational quality, and that the graduates have a sufficiently complete and valid educational experience.

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