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Survey Name Ross University School of Medicine Created Date 12-01-2005
Survey Description - Updated Date 01-08-2006
Category Medical Schools Interviews Last Answer 05-07-2018
Location Dominica Your Result Never take, Click here to take
Answers 34 Overall Summary Click here to view
Result Information
23 of 26 people found the following overall summary result helpful.



Overall Summary
1. What do you like best about your school?
Overall Summary
  • - THERE IS NO RESEARCH GOING ON SO THE INSTRUCTORS ARE THERE TO TEACH!!! - creative and supportive atmosphere - opportunity to enroll - Teaching - This school is very diverse. - Good prep for the USMLE - Step 1 - Gave an opportunity to travel and experience a different culture. - Environment (an island!) is very conducive to not having distractions. - opportunity to become a doctor, would not have otherwise had. - More Americans have the opportunity to become doctors, despite the artificially low class numbers maintained in U.S. medical schools. - No distractions - Excellent USMLE I preparation. We have an 90% pass rate for first time test takers. - i can become a physician - after 20 months all of the trainng will be done in the USA. Great review course for the boards - Its not what you think of as a typical Caribbean medical school. Its tough, comptetitive and everyone has to work real hard. - Ross University gives almost everyone a chance at becoming a physician. It is up to you to prove that you deserve to be one. - Preparation for USMLE step 1 - Although i dont Rate my school high i have to say that through it all we do very well on the boards. - IT GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE MY DREAM. IT ALSO PREPARED VERY WELL FOR THE USMLE. - Excellent study environment. - The fact that it was isolated which made studying easyier
  • Ross University is a well known and respected medical school with a proven track record of taking students who are not accepted to US Medical Schools and making them physicians. Ross is not focused on being an international school -- their entire focus is on training US and Canadian citizens to return to the US and Canada as physicians. They don't offer UK rotations at all - that isn't their mission. Ross University recruits faculty who have significant experience in US medical education. Right now several of the basic science professors have authored review books used throughout the United States. Some have authored well used textbooks. Other schools have an abundance of faculty who have never lived, trained, taught, or practiced in the US at all. The facilities at Ross are second to none. The comfort of the lecture halls, the techology used throughout campus, the anatomy lab technology, and the integrated curriculum is very strong.
  • ross sucks
  • beautiful island, though stressful if you stay close to campus.
  • I'm out of here in a year.
  • The basic science section is outstanding.
  • Ross is a respite, from the world when you are on the island, you are isolated and it makes for great study environment but only if you can maintain your sanity. Teachers and professors are mostly top notch. They are known and published each having a reputation and a name in their respective fields, particularly in regards to teaching.
  • nothing to do but study on the rock...and its never cold outside!
  • Nothing stands out about Ross. Goto SGU.
  • The preparation for boards
  • How fast the semesters go and how fast the school lets students finish the basic sciences.
  • Electives and cores in many different locations.
  • That I can be off the island in 16 months.
  • Being away from all the distractions of life in the US.
  • Every time I take a study break, I get a free Caribbean vacation.
  • That its graduates are allowed to practice in all the US states
  • Very little. My experience with Ross has been horrible. I never repeated a semester, have a B average and passed the Comp & Step on the first try. That being said, I have never been treated so poorly by an administration. They are fully aware of the fact that after your first 5 semesters you are not going anywhere and not only is there no customer service at that point but they actually get in your way more then they help.
  • The ability to become and MD in all 50 states with government loans.
  • Loved the Island

2. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Competitive: 46.7%
  • Cooperative: 53.3%

3. Atmosphere
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 10%
  • Fair: 16.7%
  • Average: 30%
  • Above Average: 26.7%
  • Excellent: 16.7%

4. Geography
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 10%
  • Fair: 16.7%
  • Average: 10%
  • Above Average: 36.7%
  • Excellent: 26.7%
  • Poor: 33.3%
  • Fair: 26.7%
  • Average: 10%
  • Above Average: 23.3%
  • Excellent: 6.7%

5. Supportive Environment for:
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 13.3%
  • Fair: 20%
  • Average: 3.3%
  • Above Average: 26.7%
  • Excellent: 36.7%
  • Poor: 3.3%
  • Fair: 16.7%
  • Average: 13.3%
  • Above Average: 26.7%
  • Excellent: 40%
  • Poor: 25.9%
  • Fair: 25.9%
  • Average: 22.2%
  • Above Average: 14.8%
  • Excellent: 11.1%
  • Poor: 23.1%
  • Fair: 42.3%
  • Average: 19.2%
  • Above Average: 7.7%
  • Excellent: 7.7%
  • Poor: 6.7%
  • Fair: 26.7%
  • Average: 6.7%
  • Above Average: 23.3%
  • Excellent: 36.7%

6. Academics (Years 1 & 2):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 22.2%
  • Fair: 14.8%
  • Average: 22.2%
  • Above Average: 18.5%
  • Excellent: 22.2%
  • Poor: 11.1%
  • Fair: 29.6%
  • Average: 18.5%
  • Above Average: 22.2%
  • Excellent: 18.5%
  • Poor: 14.8%
  • Fair: 14.8%
  • Average: 14.8%
  • Above Average: 29.6%
  • Excellent: 25.9%
  • Poor: 35.7%
  • Fair: 17.9%
  • Average: 21.4%
  • Above Average: 25%
  • Excellent: 0%

7. Academics (Years 3 & 4):
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 25%
  • Fair: 20%
  • Average: 30%
  • Above Average: 25%
  • Excellent: 0%
  • Poor: 14.3%
  • Fair: 28.6%
  • Average: 23.8%
  • Above Average: 23.8%
  • Excellent: 9.5%
  • Poor: 19%
  • Fair: 28.6%
  • Average: 23.8%
  • Above Average: 23.8%
  • Excellent: 4.8%

8. Facilities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 20%
  • Fair: 20%
  • Average: 26.7%
  • Above Average: 13.3%
  • Excellent: 20%
  • Poor: 43.3%
  • Fair: 16.7%
  • Average: 23.3%
  • Above Average: 10%
  • Excellent: 6.7%
  • Poor: 26.7%
  • Fair: 20%
  • Average: 30%
  • Above Average: 13.3%
  • Excellent: 10%

9. Administration
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 20%
  • Fair: 20%
  • Average: 20%
  • Above Average: 23.3%
  • Excellent: 16.7%
  • Poor: 16.7%
  • Fair: 30%
  • Average: 23.3%
  • Above Average: 16.7%
  • Excellent: 13.3%
  • Poor: 20%
  • Fair: 6.7%
  • Average: 40%
  • Above Average: 23.3%
  • Excellent: 10%
  • Poor: 33.3%
  • Fair: 20%
  • Average: 23.3%
  • Above Average: 20%
  • Excellent: 3.3%

10. Opportunities
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 64.3%
  • Fair: 21.4%
  • Average: 10.7%
  • Above Average: 3.6%
  • Excellent: 0%
  • Poor: 40%
  • Fair: 20%
  • Average: 30%
  • Above Average: 10%
  • Excellent: 0%
  • Poor: 17.2%
  • Fair: 6.9%
  • Average: 24.1%
  • Above Average: 34.5%
  • Excellent: 17.2%

11. Overall satisfaction
Overall Summary
  • Poor: 23.3%
  • Fair: 13.3%
  • Average: 20%
  • Above Average: 30%
  • Excellent: 13.3%

12. What do you like least about your school?
Overall Summary
  • - LOCATION, AND THE FACT THAT NO MATTER HOW WELL I DO ON ANY OF THE USMLE STEPS I'LL STILL BE LOOKED DOWN UPON BY COLLEAGUES BECAUSE I DID MY FIRST TWO YEARS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. - expense - poor organization - I do not like the method of evaluating grades. - Competitive student body and the instilling of fear of failure every semester - The curriculum is always changing even it's supposed to be for the better, but you feel like a guinea pig. - Difficult to travel to, 3rd world country, poor food and supply availability - lack of safety (break ins, attacks),lack of rapport between dean and students, absolute lack of work ethic amongst staff (library especially) - For example, I had to find my own rotations. The administration does not adequately inform or support students in this matter. - Very difficult and expensive to travel to the campus from the U.S. - High attrition rate. - it is in a hole of an island - the location and if you fail a class they make you repeat the entire semester. - The admistration and the policies - Quality of teaching. - The lack of fellowship between students because of its highly competitive atmosphere. - VERY HIGH LEVEL OF COMPETITION AMONGST STUDENTS - Lack of resources. - Finacial aid is not helpful in NEW Jersey. They seem to put that as a prioity of the school that they get there money
  • -- The level of disrespect that many students who come to Ross exhibit towards eachother. -- The competition between all these schools that keeps any of them from releaseing board pass rates or other important information from its students.
  • whiny classmates, many who are very negative, and wont admit to their own faults.
  • Poor instruction quality. Huge class sizes. Poor resource quality and availability. Lack of support from faculty. Attrition rate is astronomical.
  • The clinical years could be more organized.
  • The administration sometimes treats students as children and has very little regard for their individuality. The clinical experience is completely unorganized and the clinical advisors are not actual advisors for the students rather just set the schedual. The Clinical advisors are rude, irrespectful and often forget their job is to advice and comfort rather then to berrate and degrade.
  • some profs are really bad
  • Administration and Clinical Science Departments can be run better by monkeys.
  • The red tape
  • This school lacks academic infrastructure as well as organization of the curriculum and administration. It seems like the administration is too slow and not proactive in implementing immediate resolutions to fundamental or serious problems with academics, etc. The professionalism of the student body is questionable.
  • Difficult to schedule cores before Step 2 CK.
  • Poor quality of instruction.
  • disconnect of information and problem solving from the home office, but they are working on this.
  • Financial aid once canceled my loans.
  • The size of the classes, which makes any meaningful one on one time with an instructor very difficult.
  • The clinical group in New Jersey is atrocious, they never return phone calls. I am not exaggerating, I have left multiple messages for multiple people in the NJ office and have never received a single return call. They have policies in place that prevent students from getting rotations in a timely fashion because they do not have a not rotations for the number of students they have accepted. They have created a bottle neck in a place in your timeline that you can not leave. They do this to generate the greatest possible profit. This is an organization that will turn itís back on you the second you are too far into leave which is right after first semester.
  • The location is difficult to get to Lacks many of the conveniences we take for granted Seems like a fair bit of faculty turnover. Only a few old timers
  • Communication to students, especially in the Clinical Years
  • The delay, indifference and rudeness of staff in New Jersey to students.

13. Please share any other thoughts you may have about your school.
Overall Summary
  • - If you want to be a doctor and you are willing to work very hard, you can accomplish your goals at Ross. - ross provides a great opportunity to go to medical school when it would otherwise not exist. i'm grateful. - it's a off-shore school and allows US citizens to complete 3 and 4 yrs in the US hospitals...allows students to work with US medicAL STUDENTS - They are making strides to help those who are handicapped, and the student body is very friendly for the most part. - Good experience with working w/underserved population. Good comradery among select students. Good clinical experience. - It's a good place for a second chance if you didn't get into an American medical school. - Better than average -- students are less distracted and therefore academically stronger. Also the environment fosters new friendships and reliance on others. - Prepared us well for rotations and USMLE-few very good profs-especially Pharmacology, Pathology, and Neuroanatomy - A favorite campus joke is ROSS stands for Rely On Self Study. Network with other students and get involved in an informal study group, and you'll succeed. - Excellent opportunity for those students unable to gain entrance to U.S. mainland medical schools. You spend first and second year on the island of Dominica and complete your clinicals in the U.S.(ie. NY, Chicago, etc.). - if your heart is in medicine, cannot receive admission from a US school, do not want to be a DO, you want to get a good education, willing to make sacrifices that you never thought possible, then Ross is a perfect choice. - you will do well on the boards - Its a good option if you have no other choice but to consider a Carribean School. - "As every other school in the world you get out of it what you put in to it."
  • If you are not accepted to a US MEDICAL SCHOOL then Ross University should be the next logical option.
  • definetly gets you there, to the MD, if you have the skills. it will weed you out if you dont! I never knew anyone who failed who didnt deserve to though.
  • Anyone considering ROSS should exhaust all other options first.
  • The school needs to be involved in more research. This is how medical schools gain a good reputation. But, overall a very good school.
  • Ross is a great school, in comparison to students from many school the average student from Ross does stand out well ahead of the other Carribean schools in clinicals. Dominica is a harsh environment but the campus has been steadily improving and becoming nicer. I would not change anything about my decision to go to Ross. Clinical are all in the US and some rotations are great, while others(Wyckoff) are congested with medical students. If you can avoid certain hospitals the clinical experience is wonderful. Ross really does teach students upto date and recent information.
  • the library personel are impolite and rather engage in personal conversations then servicing students, the housing office is unfriendly and inefficient in their jobs, the school administration is indifferent, responding poorly to student concerns and the school facilities are rather limited and old which is unacceptable considering the amount of tuition Ross charges and the amount of students they take in, the school in its entirety can use some renovation.
  • There are not enoug resources for the amount of students they admit. There are not over 410 students per semester being admitted. That is just too much for the schools faculty and facilities to handle.
  • They need more sites for pediatrics and ob/gyn cores.
  • Fully exhust all other options before you even condiser applying.
  • If you have the chance to go and really want to be a doctor, then Ross is for you. There are going to be bumps along the road at any school. You get out of it what you put into it.
  • It's a decent place. I enjoy it here.
  • Ross has a fine history behind it, but with burgeoning classrooms and dwindling clinical sites, it is already experiencing some problems. In addition, the AICM program in Miami is in serious need of an overhaul. Specifically, the few doctors running it need to give up their "monopoly" on the drug testing, ACLS testing, and the student clinic and concentrate on making AICM a better learning experience for students. The current USMLE review at AICM is extremely disjointed, as it skips from subject to subject at the whim of visiting lecturers schedules, making learning much more difficult than necessary. It is the same situation with all of the "clinical" experiences in Miami. Better to pare those down to fewer, more quality experiences than have students running all over the city, losing valuable time for study.
  • This is an organization that will turn itís back on you the second you are too far into leave which is right after first semester. I am going to be successful in this program and I would still recommend not becoming an MD before I would recommend attending Ross University.
  • One of the oldest and most respected names in Caribbean med schools so that's got to count for something Faculty are pretty available Truely Bad faculty get booted. Of course there are always profs that people don't like, but they really are decent professors Probably one of the best choices for getting the opportunity to be a Doctor. Ross is growing a lot in enrollment so i'm a bit concerned about how they will handle it. Largely they will try to get more 3rd & 4th semesters to move to the Bahamas campus to make room for more 1st & 2nds is my guess
  • Overall a great school, it has some downfalls but it has many upwards things too. It is a good education for Step 1, they really make sure you will pass your Step, 5th semester in Michigan was amazing, and so far my clinical training is great. They do try, and sometimes things are out of their control, but it definitely seems like they are trying to improve both the Dominica campus, and the Clinical years.
  • They only see students as money bags, so glad I'm done with them. And this coming from a student who never failed a class, successfully matched in field of choice.
  • Looking back on my medical education, I am grateful for the opportunities that Ross has provided me with. They provide you with all the tools necessary to succeed and pursue your dream. The rest is up to you - study hard, stay focused, and take advantage of the opportunities we are given.