Ross University School of Medicine Welcomes New Class with White Coat Ceremony

September 9, 2019
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Dr. Karen Cox, president of Chamberlain University, delivers keynote address stressing collaboration between physicians and nurses

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – With classes underway for the fall 2019 semester, new students at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) took part in a medical education tradition on September 7, receiving their first white coats, the garment worn by a Doctor of Medicine, and taking their Hippocratic Oath. This rite of passage for new medical students reflects the students’ commitments to the values and professional expectations of a physician.

The keynote address to students was delivered by the president of Chamberlain University, Karen Cox, Ph.D., R.N., FACHE, FAAN, emphasizing the important collaboration between physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. Chamberlain, also an institution of Adtalem Global Education, is the largest nursing school and the leading grantor of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees to underrepresented minority students in the United States.

“It’s an honor to witness the next step in the students’ journey to becoming exceptional health care professionals,” said Cox. “This valued tradition of commitment to excellence in serving others in healthcare is inspiring.”

Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., M.D., FACP, RUSM dean and chancellor, reinforced the significance of the ceremony and of the students’ commitment to careers in medicine. “We take great pride in our student body, represented here from 17 different countries, not only for their dedication to becoming quality physicians, but for their commitment to improving health equity. With high professional expectations, we bestow white coats on our new students,” said Owen.

Vikas K. Patel, M.D., a 2003 RUSM graduate, addressed the audience of students, their families and RUSM faculty. Additionally, Thomas G. Hollinger, Ph.D., chairman of the RUSM Board of Trustees, delivered a message from the Board of Trustees.

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 more than 14,000 alumni and is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians. RUSM is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). For more information, please visit and follow RUSM on Twitter (@RossMedSchool), Instagram (@rossmedschool) and Facebook (@RossMedSchool).

About Chamberlain University
Chamberlain University is a part of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Chamberlain University’s mission is to educate, empower and embolden diverse healthcare professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. Chamberlain is comprised of the College of Nursing, which offers a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible post-licensure programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and graduate certificates, and the College of Health Professions, which offers Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work degree programs. Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For the most updated accreditation information, visit To learn more, visit

About Adtalem Global Education
The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE) is a leading workforce solutions provider and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, OnCourse Learning, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter (@adtalemglobal) and LinkedIn.

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