Benedictine boosts med school options for students with Ross University agreement

September 29, 2015

Attending the signing were Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D.; María J. de la Cámara, Ph.D., provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Benedictine; Bart Ng, dean of Benedictine’s College of Science; Alice Sima, director of Benedictine’s Pre-Professional Health Programs; Andersen and Richard Hague II, associate director of admissions at Ross University.Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University students hoping to become doctors got a reality boost that may bring them closer to their dreams through a new partnership with Ross University School of Medicine.

At an official articulation agreement signing held recently at BenU, officials from both universities ratified the partnership, touting it as a win-win for both institutions and for Benedictine students.

“With the quality of Benedictine University students already attending Ross, this agreement really helps both institutions,” said Leslie Andersen, senior associate director of admissions at Ross University, which is located in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies.

Under the agreement, both schools will provide educational opportunities to Benedictine students who meet eligibility requirements and earn a recommendation from Benedictine University for admission and matriculation to Ross University School of Medicine.

Eligible Benedictine students will receive preferential admission to include waived application fees, a guaranteed admissions interview and an immediate evaluation for academic scholarships following admission. Five seats in Ross University courses will also be reserved specifically for students who enroll from Benedictine each semester.

Attending the signing were Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D.; María J. de la Cámara, Ph.D., provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Benedictine; Bart Ng, dean of Benedictine’s College of Science; Alice Sima, director of Benedictine’s Pre-Professional Health Programs; Andersen and Richard Hague II, associate director of admissions at Ross University.

Currently, 12 Benedictine alumni have enrolled at Ross University School of Medicine (five who are in Dominica completing their Foundations of Medicine coursework, and seven who are completing their clinical rotations). Between 2004 and 2014, Ross University School of Medicine graduated a total of 24 students who came from Benedictine University, according to Sima.

Ng touts the College of Science’s Health Sciences Recommendations Committee as being instrumental in ensuring Benedictine students are prepared to pursue careers in the health sciences, including medical school.

“No one single professor writes a recommendation,” Ng said. “Each student goes through a committee and interview process. The evaluation we give them to pass on to medical school is very well-organized.”

De la Cámara echoed these sentiments.

“The word is ‘credibility.’ That is what our students have once they apply to medical school and other health professions,” she said.

For more information about Benedictine and elegibility requirements for the Ross University School of Medicine admissions requirements, contact Sima at (630) 829-6585 or asima@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls 10,058 students in 56 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 2 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2015.

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