Ross University
Ross University promotes Dr. George Lotocki to Director of the Medical Education Review Program
May 19, 2011 - 10:30:26 AM

Dr. George Lotockiis the new Director of the Medical Education Review Program (MERP) at the Ross University Freeport site.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ross University is pleased to announce the promotion and appointment of Dr. George Lotocki as the new director of the Medical Education Review Program (MERP). He has been the interim director of the program since 2010. 

MERP is a rigorous 15-week program designed to prepare students for successful entry into Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM). MERP’s curriculum provides preparatory science courses that integrate content offered in RUSM. It is offered by invitation to RUSM applicants who do not yet fully qualify for acceptance to RUSM. 
The announcement was made by Nancy Perri, MD, chief academic officer for Ross University, based in North Brunswick, NJ.

"We are pleased to recognize Dr. Lotocki’s leadership by this promotion, said Dr. Perri.  He is an experienced and qualified academician and we are confident in his ability to maintain the established focus on excellence in medical education in the program, ensuring Ross University’s high academic standards, said Dr. Perri.

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Dr. Lotocki moved to the Unites States in 1995 after receiving a scholarship to study biological sciences. In 1998, he graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry. In 2003, he received a doctorate in philosophy and degrees in physiology and biophysics from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine where he remained to teach physiology and biophysics. He joined Ross University School of Medicine in 2000 to prepare students for the Medical Licensing Exam. Lotocki went on to teach medical physiology for MERP since its inception in 2004.  

"In my new position as MERP Director I will continue to improve the academic quality of the program. We have created a demanding curriculum that offers a baseline for students to matriculate into Ross University School of Medicine. We remain sensitive to the varying competencies of our students, ensuring that our faculty and staff work together to identify and respond to individual student needs," said Dr. Lotocki.

In addition to his 10 years of teaching experience, Dr. Lotocki has worked as a senior research associate in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis where he conducted basic science and clinical research, trained and supervised graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and neurosurgery residents. He has also published numerous scientific manuscripts, participated in and given presentations at scientific meetings, exhibited his work in a museum of science, and has been nationally and internationally recognized for his research. Specifically, his studies have been published in more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 abstracts in the areas of traumatic brain & spinal cord injuries and therapeutic interventions following brain and spinal cord trauma.  

Ross 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. The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, and the Freeport, Grand Bahama clinical site recently opened in January 2009. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts. Ross University's administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ.  Ross University has more than 9,000 alumni with M.D. and D.V.M. degrees.

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