Ross University School of Medicine Recognized for Commitment to Public Service and Civic Leadership
Nov 2, 2009 - 10:01:10 PM
School of Medicine was recognized by the Florida Campus Compact and
First Lady Michelle Obama for its commitment to public service and
North Brunswick, NJ (PRWEB) - Ross University School of Medicine was among
several healthcare institutions recognized at a gala luncheon hosted by
the Florida Campus Compact and First Lady Michelle Obama honoring
students and teachers from across the state of Florida for their
commitment to public service and civic leadership on October 15th.
The Florida Campus Compact is a membership organization of over 50
college and university presidents committed to helping students develop
the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in
public and community service.
Accepting the award for Ross University was Dr. Peter Gutierrez,
faculty member at Ross University School of Medicine, director of Miami
Dade College's Physician Assistant Program, and founder and medical
director of the Miami Rescue Mission Clinic.
The Miami Rescue Mission Clinic was
launched in June 2009 through the collaborative efforts of Ross
University, Miami Rescue Mission, Baptist Hospital, and Miami Dade
College for the purpose of providing medical services to the
underserved and uninsured populations in downtown Miami.
The establishment of the Miami Rescue Mission Clinic was actually a
long-term goal of "The Mission Project," which was started in 2000 to
improve student achievement and clinical skills, cultivate civic
responsibility, expand awareness of health needs, and improve the
health and well-being of those served by the Miami Rescue Mission.
Ross University medical students fulfill part of their fifth semester
clinical education requirements at the not-for-profit clinic, which in
the short time since it was opened has already served more than 1,000
"The clinic operates without state or federal funding. All medical
professionals serving this clinic do so on a volunteer basis and all
the laboratory services and pharmaceutical services are provided at no
cost," said Dr. Gutierrez. "We have over 10 physicians volunteering
their services on a rotating basis, including students from Ross
University and Miami Dade College. We have received wonderful feedback
from Ross students who have rotated through the clinic and have
benefited from learning about medical procedures and participating in
About Ross University School of Medicine
University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and
veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of
veterinary medicine degree programs. Located in Dominica, West Indies,
the School of Medicine places more graduates into U.S. residencies than
any other medical school in the world and has clinical education
centers in Miami, FL, Saginaw, MI, and Freeport, Grand Bahama. The
School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts.
Ross University's administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit www.RossU.edu or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.
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