MIRAMAR, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) today announced a new affiliation agreement with Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) that will enable RUSM students to complete required clinical rotations in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology and surgery at the Atlanta teaching hospital.
Dr. Joseph Flaherty, dean and chancellor at RUSM, said AMC fits well with the school’s model of an ideal teaching affiliate. “Atlanta Medical Center shares with Ross University School of Medicine a commitment to teaching and a sense of obligation to serve a diverse community. The high caliber of the hospital’s graduate medical education programs gives us confidence that students who rotate through AMC will receive great preparation for residency.”
Atlanta Medical Center is a 762-bed acute care hospital and a leading provider of advanced medical care to the metro Atlanta area. It is the second largest licensed-bed hospital in Georgia and a Level 1 trauma center. Atlanta Medical Center’s services include surgery, neurology, oncology and orthopedics. The hospital is widely recognized for its women’s services program and for outstanding performance in the treatment of stroke patients. Its weight-loss program is designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The hospital has campuses in downtown Atlanta and East Point, GA.
AMC’s programs in internal medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and family medicine are approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
AMC welcomed Ross students in December 2012, and the hospital will become a “track rotation” affiliate in the spring. This allows Ross students placed there to complete all of their third-year clinical rotations over 48 consecutive weeks. Currently, more than 180 Ross students are from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
“Atlanta Medical Center is pleased to offer this training to RUSM students,” said Dr. Steven Saltzman, medical director for RUSM Medical Student Education. “We have a history of training the next generation of doctors, and our programs will ensure that Ross students are well prepared for a career in medicine.”
“Atlanta Medical Center is a great addition to our network of teaching affiliates and will be an anchor location for RUSM students desiring to complete their medical education in the Southeast,” said Flaherty.
RUSM students begin their journey to become physicians on the school’s campus in Dominica, located in the West Indies. Students complete a rigorous, four-semester accelerated study program in the basic sciences. The campus features a cutting-edge anatomy and medical imaging laboratory, as well as a simulation center where students begin to develop clinical skills. Students then complete their medical education by taking core and elective clinical rotations in one of RUSM’s teaching affiliates across the United States. Over the last year, RUSM has accelerated efforts to strengthen its network of affiliates.
In recent months, RUSM has begun or expanded clinical education affiliations with a number of highly regarded teaching hospitals. In May, RUSM entered into a 10-year affiliation agreement with Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif., which provides about 100 core clinical rotation slots annually to RUSM students. That partnership is the largest clinical affiliation in RUSM’s history. RUSM also has added rotations recently at Cleveland Clinic and Memorial Regional Hospital, both in South Florida, California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., and Vanguard MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill a suburb of Chicago.
About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), founded in 1978, is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians to serve as leaders in the US healthcare system. With more than 9,000 alumni, RUSM has become an important part of healthcare education in the United States. RUSM alumni practice in virtually every medical specialty and can be found in every US state. Students complete their foundational studies in Dominica, West Indies, before completing their clinical training in one of RUSM’s affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the United States. RUSM is accredited by the Dominican Medical Board and the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions. Over the last five years, RUSM has placed more graduates into U.S. residencies than any other medical school in the world. RUSM is part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV; member S&P MidCap 400 Index).