American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Ross University School of medical graduates help fill the most critical specialties like primary care, 26% belong to underrepresented races and ethnicities
Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) medical schools, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (ASC) and Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) celebrated more than 750 medical school graduates at their commencement ceremonies in Miami. Graduates of Adtalem medical schools join a network of over 275,000 Adtalem alumni, with 22,000 medical school alumni.
The AUC and RUSM combined have achieved strong residency placements with a qualifying first-time residency completion rate of 95% for 2021-2022 graduates and expected graduates (as of April 5, 2022). The AUC rate of 96% and the RUSM rate of 95% are among the highest in Adtalem’s history and represent the fourth consecutive year of 90% or more residency. Of combined current and former CUA and RUSM graduates who obtained their residencies in 2022, 74% will enter primary care specialties helping to address the critical shortage of physicians, which is expected to reach 124,000 by 2034 .
Adtalem’s two medical schools continue to face difficult labor shortages in the healthcare sector. Promoting access to medical care and health equity are primary focus areas of Adtalem’s medical schools, and Adtalem responds by increasing the diversity of its medical students. As of 2022, 26% of Adtalem medical school graduates are of a race or ethnicity that is underrepresented in medicine, more than 100 of whom identify as Black or African American.
“Critical health care needs and disparities existed across the country before the pandemic, and with COVID-19, underrepresented populations have been disproportionately impacted,” said John Danaher, MD, president. , Adtalem Medical and Veterinary. “We are proud of our medical schools’ commitment to providing high-quality medical education to an increasingly diverse medical workforce.
Both medical school ceremonies featured student speakers, including Christina Arche-Perez, MD, a CUA graduate and former student government leader who hails from Miami. Arche-Perez, who is the first physician in his family, will soon begin his pediatric residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, his first-choice program. RUSM student Uzoma Dike, MD, from Houston, has spoken to his peers and will begin his family medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch this summer.
Steven Jackson, MD, program director and spinal cord injury specialist at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., and patient experience and assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of School of Medicine of Minnesota. Her research focuses on health disparities and the promotion of equity, a core tenet of her training at the CUA.
At the start of the RUSM, Selwyn O. Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, addressed the graduates. He is a highly respected surgeon, public health expert, and the founding director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center, where he works with leaders from the city’s trauma network to expand trauma care in Chicago’s South Side. Dr. Rogers has published widely on health disparities and the impact of race and ethnicity on surgical outcomes.
Participants in this year’s opening ceremony of RUSM and AUC were born in 65 countries and 45 US states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., Florida, California and New York were among the most common states where the graduates came from.
About American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC School of Medicine) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. The mission of the AUC School of Medicine is to train the physicians of tomorrow, whose service to their communities and patients is enhanced by international learning experiences, a diverse learning community, and a focus placed on social responsibility and commitment. Founded in 1978, the AUC School of Medicine has more than 7,500 graduates, many of whom work in primary care or in underserved areas. Dedicated to developing physicians committed to lifelong patient-centered care, the CUA School of Medicine embraces collaboration, inclusion, and community service. With a campus in Sint Maarten, affiliated teaching hospitals in the US and UK, and internationally renowned faculty, the AUC School of Medicine offers a diverse medical education program for today’s physician. globally minded. For more information, visit aucmed.edufollow the AUC School of Medicine on Twitter (@aucmed)Instagram (@aucmed_edu) and Facebook (@aucmed).
About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. Founded in 1978 and located in Barbados, RUSM has over 15,000 alumni and is committed to training a diverse group of qualified physicians. RUSM is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).
About Adtalem Global Education
The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to achieve their goals, achieve success, and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) is a leading healthcare educator and professional talent provider for the healthcare industry. With a focus on delivering strong outcomes that increase workforce readiness, Adtalem empowers a diverse population of learners to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to their communities. Adtalem is the parent organization of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University. Adtalem and its institutions have over 10,000 employees and a network of over 275,000 alumni. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies of 2021 by Newsweek and one of America’s Best Diversity Employers of 2021 and 2022 by Forbes. Follow Adtalem on Twitter @adtalemglobal, LinkedIn or visit Adtalem.com for more information.
1 Includes students who graduated during the academic year or who have been designated by the Registrar’s Office as eligible to attend the commencement ceremony.