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Ross University School of Medicine

About Ross University School of Medicine

Thank you for your interest in Ross University, one of the premier Caribbean medical schools. We understand that choosing a medical school is one of the most important decisions of your life. This website was designed to provide you with information about our educational program leading to an MD degree, descriptions of our facilities and curriculum, requirements for medical school, and answers to frequently asked questions.

A Proud History

Since 1978, we have been providing an outstanding medical education to prospective physicians. In fact, Ross University School of Medicine has proudly graduated over 8,500 physicians during its three decades of service who have come home to practice in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.

At Ross University School of Medicine, our mission is to prepare highly dedicated students to become effective, successful physicians. We do this by focusing on imparting the knowledge, skills, and values required for our students to establish a successful and satisfying career as a physician.

Medical School Academics

You are coming to Ross University School of Medicine, one of the premier Caribbean medical schools, to study medicine. You want a commitment that you will be prepared in the best way possible to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor. More than that, you want a commitment that you will get the education that will enable you to pass your critical licensing exams, get the residency you are hoping for and fulfill the dream you have had for so long. Ross University can make that commitment.

A Strong Foundation

Under the guidance of a faculty that is committed to teaching, supported by an exceptional array of the latest laboratory and instructional facilities, you will get the education you need to succeed. And that’s just at the Dominica medical school campus, where you will spend your first four semesters (16 months.) After Dominica, you will spend a semester getting your introduction to clinical medicine at our location in Miami, and then you are on to your clinical rotations at the more than 70 teaching hospitals in the US that are affiliated with Ross University School of Medicine.

Commitment to Students

This unrelenting commitment to delivering a rigorous academic and clinical experience foundation is the reason why:

  • Ross University School of Medicine has graduated more than 7,700 doctors.
  • Ross University School of Medicine is one of the few international medical schools approved by the licensing boards in New York, New Jersey, California and Florida.
  • Ross graduates have obtained residency appointments in virtually every medical specialty and subspecialty at leading teaching hospitals and medical centers across the US.
  • Our graduates have told us that compared to other residents, they had a better range of clinical experience.
  • Directors of residency programs have said “Send me more Ross graduates.” 

Accreditation and Approvals

The government of the Commonwealth of Dominica authorizes Ross University to confer the Doctor of Medicine degree, and graduates are also eligible for licensure in Dominica. The United States Department of Education, through its National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), has determined that the accreditation standards employed by the Dominica Medical Board are comparable with those used to evaluate programs leading to the MD degree in the United States by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. This determination ensures that students enrolled at Ross University School of Medicine are eligible to participate in the US Federal Direct Student Loan Program.

A Recognized Program

Ross University School of Medicine is proud that its academic achievements have been recognized by leading government jurisdictions and external agencies. Only a few states require approval for international schools. For the states that do, Ross University is one of the few international medical schools approved by all. The state of California has reviewed the University’s academic program and found it acceptable, allowing the licensure of graduates from Ross University.

The state of New York has approved the University’s educational program, allowing Ross University students to complete clinical training and residencies at hospitals throughout the state. Ross University is one of only a handful of international medical schools to have achieved this approval. New York standards are considered to be substantially comparable with those of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

The state of New Jersey has approved the University’s medical education program, permitting students to complete their clinical training at approved teaching hospitals in the state.

The state of Florida has reviewed the University, and it is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education.

In addition, the General Medical Council of Great Britain has granted the Ross University Doctor of Medicine degree Limited Registration status, and the World Health Organization includes Ross University School of Medicine in its listing of medical schools approved by recognized national authorities.


Ross University School of Medicine is also accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). CAAM-HP is the legally constituted body established in 2003 under the aegis of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programs of medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM.

Accreditation by CAAM-HP is a rigorous, peer review process which examines all aspects of a medical program. The CAAM-HP board, an independent and autonomous body of professionals, only certifies medical schools which are operating at the highest levels of industry standards.

Through this accreditation, the CAAM-HP provides assurance to medical students, graduates, the medical profession, healthcare institutions and the public that programs leading to qualifications in medicine meet appropriate national and international standards for educational quality, and that the graduates have a sufficiently complete and valid educational experience.

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