|Volume No. 1 Issue No. 88 - Monday December 11, 2006
|Ross University Prepartory School Forms Partnership with Local Dominican Primary School |
Ross University Press Release
The Ross University Preparatory School, which educates the children of Ross University’s faculty and medical students on campus in Dominica, has formed a unique cultural exchange and support partnership with local Savanne Paille Primary School. The program is designed to give students of both schools richer socialization opportunities as well as create a platform for the sharing of cultures, educational resources and teaching expertise.
The program began with the start of the school year in September, when Ross University Preparatory School donated four computers to Savanne Paille. In October, the students visited Savanne Paille for a traditional Creole ceremony to celebrate Dominican Independence Day and also cheered on their new friends at Dominica’s annual Youth Rally parade before the country’s Minister of Education. In November, the Savanne Paille students visited Ross to celebrate Thanksgiving with the preparatory school students.
“We’re extremely excited about this new program and the possibilities it offers for the students and faculty of both schools,” said Kerri Burchill, Principal of the Ross University Preparatory School. “Our children loved their first visit to Savanne Paille and we are already preparing for their students to come celebrate Thanksgiving with us.”
The program will also allow faculty of both schools to share knowledge to assist in each other’s professional development and for the schools to share resources. In addition, Ross University Preparatory School has been able to coordinate volunteering opportunities between Savanne Paille and medical students’ spouses. Several adults have committed to visit Savanne Paille on a regular basis to support the school’s literacy needs.
“This is a terrific program and we commend Kerri and the administration of Savanne Paille for having the vision and enthusiasm to bring it to fruition,” said Dr. Mary Coleman, Dean of the Ross University School of Medicine. “One of our goals as an institution is to have a presence in the Dominican community, whether it’s by offering medical services to local residents or through a program like this. We look forward to continuing to strengthen these ties.”
About Ross University
Ross University is a provider of medical and veterinary education, offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Ross University School of Medicine was founded in 1978 and is located in the country of Dominica. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1982 and is located in St. Kitts, which is in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The first four semesters of pre-clinical training at the School of Medicine are taught in Dominica. A fifth semester in clinical studies in Miami, Florida is followed by five semesters in clinical clerkships at Ross-affiliated U.S. teaching hospitals. Like graduates of any other medical school, Ross University graduates are eligible to practice medicine in the United States upon successful completion of the requisite licensing examinations.
Ross University is a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), an international higher education company. Ross University's administrative services including enrollment, registrar and financial aid services are located in Edison, New Jersey. For more information about Ross University, visit www.RossU.edu/med or www.RossU.edu/vet.