Relocating Ross University, Dominica medical students

Medical students at Ross University in Dominica being relocated to Tennessee

Medical students at Ross University in Dominica being relocated to Tennessee

One thousand, four hundred students, faculty and staff from damaged Ross School of Medicine(RUSM) in Dominica who were initially moved to pursue their study on a cruise ship moored at a harbor in St. Kitts, are to be relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee for their coming winter semester,

Some of the students who have been worshipping on Sundays at the Immaculate Conception Co-Cathedral in Basseterre, St. Kitts, have been complaining of uncomfortable living and studying arrangements on board the cruise ship, the GNV Excellent. The complaints intensified as the chip had to leave Port Zante to either berth at a deep-water port or anchor offshore despite assurances from the authorities to remain at Port Zante.

Relocating temporarily

RUSM plans to relocate from its temporary St. Kitts location on the cruise ship to facilities owned by Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville.

The college, with headquarters in the US, will provide the necessary operational capacity and the technical capabilities to support RUSM faculty, students and staff.

“While the island of Dominica continues to rebuild, we are pleased to have forged this arrangement with an outstanding university like LMU,” said William F. Owen, MD, dean and chancellor of RUSM. “The continuity of our students’ education and their academic programming is our highest priority, and we are pleased to work with LMU to make these extraordinary facilities available.”

LMU is proud to assist

“Lincoln Memorial University is proud to be able to assist Ross University School of Medicine under these extreme circumstances. As an institution with a strong commitment to combating health care shortages in Appalachia and beyond, there is a synergy in providing the students and faculty of RUSM a home away from home while they rebuild from this fall’s devastating hurricanes,” said LMU Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk.

Lincoln Memorial University operates three extended learning sites in the greater Knoxville area including the LMU-Duncan School of Law, nursing at Physicians Regional Medical Center and business, education and nursing at the LMU Cedar Bluff Extended Learning Site.

Ross University School of Medicine is a member of Adtalem Global Education, a global education provider headquartered in the United States. The organization’s purpose is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community.

Founded in 1978, Ross is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians to serve as leaders in the U.S. healthcare system. With more than 13,000 alumni, Ross is an important contributor to healthcare in North America.

Foundational studies conducted in Dominica

Students complete their foundational studies in Dominica, before completing their clinical training in one of Ross’s affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the United States.

Ross is accredited by the Dominica Medical Board and the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions.

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