Ross University begins classes at temporary Campus in Knoxville

Ross University students at beginning of classes in Knoxville

MIRAMAR, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Faculty, staff and students at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) celebrated the start of their Winter 2018 semester during an opening ceremony at a new temporary campus in Knoxville, TN, USA.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero was in attendance with leaders from RUSM and Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), which is graciously leasing classroom and office space to RUSM for this purpose.

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria struck the RUSM campus on the island of Dominica, resulting in an evacuation of more than 1,300 members of its campus community. With the urgent obligation to sustain its students’ education, RUSM resumed the fall semester classes on a cruise ship docked on the island of St. Kitts.

The instruction was concluded in early January. Now, RUSM has entered a new phase of academic continuity in Knoxville.

On January 15, RUSM students began medical instruction by about 75 RUSM faculty and skilled professionals at the temporary location in Knoxville while damage assessments and repairs continue on Dominica.

RUSM Dean and Chancellor William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP said, “We are extremely pleased with the facilities for our students in Knoxville. There is about 110,000 sq. ft. of purpose-remodeled space that offers state of the art learning spaces like lecture halls, small group learning rooms as well as dedicated areas for instruction on patient examinations. Within the next several weeks, our students will be able to learn human anatomy in a fully equipped dissection laboratory.”

“Lincoln Memorial University is proud to be able to accommodate Ross University School of Medicine under these extreme circumstances. We heard of a need, had the space and made special efforts to move up our construction timeline to make sure these students were able to continue their studies,” said LMU Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk. “This facility is well-suited in size and scale to meet the needs of a medical school curriculum and it is great to see it alive with students and faculty.”

“Lincoln Memorial University has been very supportive during an unprecedented time of challenges for RUSM,” said Stanley J. White, PhD, FPhysiol, senior associate dean of Medical Sciences at RUSM. “We appreciate the opportunity to lease LMU’s facility, where we will be good tenants and hospitable neighbors.”

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12 Comments

  1. April 1, 2018

    We have a business called Prime Medical Training in Knoxville. We’ve seen several Ross students come take our BLS classes so they can do their clinical rotations. Since we know they’re already tight on money because of all this, we’ve been able to extend a discount to them specifically for the BLS Provider class. Honored to help them out, but hope they can get back home soon.

  2. James
    January 20, 2018

    Not all of the students have gone to USA as the article says. Those without US Visa or proper documentation to enter USA are currently in St. Kitts going to school. Ross has rented space on the island for the students to finish school. There are also Ross Security from Dominica living in St. Kitts and working.

    Ross doesn’t abandon people in that way. Get the country up and running and they will be back.

  3. Someone in the know
    January 19, 2018

    Actually, the students’ cost of living is better in Knoxville than it was in Dominica, especially for married students, whose spouses can obtain jobs in the United States.

  4. OLD ROSS PROF
    January 18, 2018

    Don’ doubt that Ross will be back. They have to be back by June 2019 or they will cease to exist. However it would appear that they will remain in the USA as long as possible to satisfy there agreement with LMU. So I would not expect Ross to be back for a semester before May 2019. I hope I am wrong and it is earlier than that.

    OLD ROSS PROF

    • Weekenz
      January 19, 2018

      Ye with a name like Old Ross Prof you convince us we stupesss on DNO you just type any name

      • OLD ROSS PROF
        January 20, 2018

        To set the record straight, Old Ross Prof real name is Dr. Norman Ronald. I lived at T-bay for two years when I came to Dominica to help start the Ross Veterinary School. That was 1980-1982. In 1982 the Veterinary School was transferred to Saint Kitts-Nevis. I was there as the Associate Dean for 5 years. I am very familiar with off shore medical and veterinary schools and I am trying to provide people in Dominica with honest information. I certainly do not think people people on Dominica are stupid. Ja mon I feel your pain. I hope Ross is back before May 2019 but I don’t think it will happen.

      • Pelo Ponneso
        January 20, 2018

        bootleg school in banana republic; of course will come back, but old ross prof is right
        only at the very last minute possible to maximize adtalem profit

  5. Scott Davis
    January 18, 2018

    The photo you show is actually of the satellite campus that is still running in St. Kitts. To see images of the new campus in Knoxville please click the following link for the story published in the Knoxville Sentinel newspaper. https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/education/2018/01/16/caribbean-medical-school-students-move-lincoln-memorial-university-campus/1035462001/

    ADMIN: The information and picture provided was from a press release from Ross University.

  6. zandoli
    January 18, 2018

    Here is my concern: LMU might make it so comfortable and cut them a deal such that RUSM might decide to stay put. Any company worth their salt will jump at these types of opportunities.

    • Weekenz
      January 19, 2018

      Zandoli did you read the part about cease to exist?

    • Clergy
      January 19, 2018

      Bottom line: it’s very much more expensive to stay there for both RUSM and the students than staying in Dominica. Cost of education is a Hugh factor.

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