Our Medical School Curriculum
The Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire and master basic sciences concepts and prepare to integrate knowledge of these concepts into clinical care. The philosophy behind this approach is to prepare medical school graduates to thrive in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of practicing medicine.
Scroll to the end of this page to explore an at-a-glance, visual representation of the path you'll take at RUSM to earn your medical degree, or read on to explore our curriculum in detail.
A US-Modeled Approach to Teaching
RUSM’s US-modeled, organ systems-based curriculum—called Foundations of Medicine—organizes the teaching of medicine by the systems within the body, like the digestive or respiratory systems. This approach, which mirrors how medicine is actually practiced, gives you a big-picture look at the physiological, anatomical, and biochemical processes of an organ system all at once.
We offer two tracks in the Foundations of Medicine Program: a four-semester accelerated track and a five-semester track. These curriculum options are designed to further cultivate student success and empower you to advance through Foundations of Medicine at a pace that aligns with your personal study needs.
Integration of Basic Sciences and Clinical Skills
The RUSM curriculum combines lecture-based and hands-on instruction, creating a learning experience that integrates the basic and clinical sciences. Students are immersed in the challenge of acquiring medical knowledge, but are also exposed to a wide variety of active learning experiences in clinical skills training, standardized patient cases, simulation, small-group learning, and other clinically relevant activities. This approach helps students start to think like doctors early in their medical school experience.
Learning Objectives and Assessment Aligned with US Medical Standards
Classes and examinations are based upon programmatic and module learning objectives designed to meet the core competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) which evaluates and accredits residency programs in the United States. These core competencies are patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, professionalism, and interpersonal skills and communication.
Strong Clinical Education Program
After completing the Foundations of Medicine curriculum, students enter the clinical sciences curriculum (clinical rotations). As a leading Caribbean medical school, RUSM has a strong national network of affiliated US teaching hospitals, and increasingly students are able to complete their core clinical rotations in a single location, easing their transition from the basic sciences program to a clinical academic home.
Committed Medical School Faculty
Through all of this, students are supported by highly credentialed faculty who are skilled at teaching according to the organ systems-based model. RUSM’s faculty is comprised of dedicated instructors whose primary focus is the teaching and mentoring of medical students.