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Volume No. 1 Issue No. 54 - Wednesday February 04, 2004
Dr. Scott Obenshain Appointed Executive Dean of Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University Press Release

Edison, New Jersey – Ross University School of Medicine, one of the world's largest providers of medical education, announced the appointment of Dr. Samuel Scott Obenshain, M.D. as executive dean.

As executive dean, Dr. Obenshain will be responsible for Ross University’s entire program of medical education comprising the four-semester Basic Sciences programs at the medical school campus in Dominica, West Indies; the fifth semester Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine course in Miami, Florida, through the Greater Miami Health Education Training Center; and clinical rotations conducted at 41 teaching hospitals throughout the United States. His principal office will be at the school’s campus in Portsmouth, Dominica.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Scott Obenshain’s leadership at Ross University School of Medicine,” stated Timothy Foster, President of Ross University. “His career experience is perfectly matched to the primacy of our educational mission to prepare highly dedicated students to become effective, successful physicians in the United States.”

Dr. Obenshain is the former associate dean for undergraduate medical education at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, a top U.S. medical school, where he was in charge of undergraduate medical education since 1970. Under his leadership the University of New Mexico in 1979 became the first school to incorporate problem-based learning into the curriculum.

As a highly respected figure in medical education, Dr. Obenshain has published numerous articles and presented at conferences in the U.S. and internationally on the subject of problem-based learning. He has also been active in the Association for American Medical Colleges Group on Educational Affairs where he held several leadership positions.

He recently received the Merrel Flair Award for a Lifetime of Achievement in Medical Education from the Group on Educational Affairs. He also received the 2002 Daniel C. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education from the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“I look forward to working with our faculty to refine the current curriculum and implement new approaches to learning that improve Ross’ ability to educate the next generation of physicians,” said Dr. Obenshain. “With over 300 students starting three times a year, Ross University is a major contributor to medical educational knowledge and addresses important questions about how students learn medicine.”

About Ross University
Ross University is one of the world's largest providers of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Founded in 1978, Ross University School of Medicine, located on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has graduated more than 4,000 students.

In 2002, it placed more graduates into first year residency positions than any other U.S. or foreign medical school. Established in 1982, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, located on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts/Nevis, has graduated more than 1,300 students, promoting more students into clinical clerkships at affiliated U.S. Colleges of Veterinary Medicine than any other school in the world.

While Ross is considered an “offshore” school, the medical students, spend more time in the U.S. than in the Caribbean, with the last five semesters spent completing clinical rotations at a network of top U.S. teaching hospitals.

The veterinary students spend the final three semesters at one of 19 affiliated U.S. institutions. Ross students are held to the same high standards and must pass the same licensing exams as graduates of U.S. schools.

A division of DeVry, Inc. (NYSE:DV), an international higher education company, Ross University enrollment, registrar and financial aid services are located in Edison, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or

Contact: Liz Petrova, 212-575-4545
Linden Alschuler & Kaplan, Inc. Public Relations

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