Ross University's Grand Bahama Location Opens Its Doors
January 12th was a milestone in Ross University history as our new clinical education center in Freeport, Grand Bahama, opened and the students who make up the inaugural classes of the Bahamas PAcE program began their first day.
The focus for day one was orientation and the beginning of classes as the students gathered in the conference area to be introduced to faculty members and the administrative team. The Bahamas location was established to accommodate the growing demand from new students who wish to attend Ross University. The Freeport location is currently attended by students in the growing medical school. While all students in the medical school begin their training in Dominica, a portion of them now transfer to Freeport for their third and forth semesters. The students are being housed and taught in temporary space in Freeport while our brand new 60,000-80,000 square foot facility is being built nearby. "While the students are already familiar with the academic program, there is a lot to adjust to in coming to a new facility and a new country," explained Sandi Cutler, executive administrator and vice president for planning.
Senator Kay Forbes-Smith, parliamentary secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister, was on-hand to welcome the students, as well as Eric Christiansen, co-chairman of the board of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Port Group Limited.
Dr. Mary Coleman, dean of Ross University School of Medicine, detailed the students' academic program.
"Our students are in a very rigorous academic program that combines many hours of directed self-study with on-campus supervised team-based and problem-based learning activities. Each day involves review of 4 to 6 hours of streaming multimedia lectures and medical education in order to prepare for the team-based activities."
The students have expressed great enthusiasm about living in The Bahamas. According to Meg Osman, student services director, many of the landlords in Grand Bahama have gone out of their way to welcome their new tenants. Rides from the airport, gift baskets, tours around town and a first dinner out were just a few examples of the wonderful hospitality the students have been receiving since their arrival.
"The demand we have been experiencing from new students has made expansion inevitable and The Bahamas was a natural location to accommodate this continued growth," said Dr. Thomas Shepherd, president of Ross University. "Our new location serves as an ideal complement to our existing facilities in Dominica and represents the next step in our evolution as one of the world's premier providers of medical and health sciences education." Once built, the permanent Ross University Freeport facility, located 52 miles from Fort Lauderdale, will grow to accommodate the future expansion needs of Ross University's medical program, as well as potentially adding other degree programs.
"In Dominica, we have one of the world's most technologically advanced teaching facilities, not to mention some of the best and most capable students in medicine," said Dr. Shepherd. "We look forward to building on the foundation of excellence that continues to flourish there with an equally sophisticated and stimulating facility and curriculum in Freeport."
If you have any questions about our program in The Bahamas, please contact our office by phone (877-ROSS-EDU) or email (Admissions@RossU.edu).