Welcome to "From D1 to Dr"!
My name is Emma and this is my website that encompasses all of my experiences at Ross University School of Medicine. As a newly minted M.D., I can't help but remember my first day on the island of Dominica for the basic sciences curriculum. I always say to my followers, never forfeit your dreams for the time it takes to complete them, the time will pass anyway, so take the JUMP...and worry about the landing later. I am extremely happy I followed my instincts and applied to Ross in the Summer of 2014, and four years later I am now officially a doctor!
I have won the Empower Fund Scholarship Award for Ross University - twice, received the inaugural AMSSM medical student scholarship award, made Dean's List all ten semesters of basic sciences and clinical sciences, started two brand new clubs: RUSM Sports Medicine Club and Ross University Family Medicine Interest Group, and have been an active member of PAWS @ Ross, Canadian Student Society, and completed multiple volunteer opportunities throughout my journey.
Being a former NCAA D1 basketball athlete, I have been able to hone my time management skills, make efficient study schedules, and have the perseverance and tenacity to grind out those long days of studying. After graduating with a B.Sc in Biology from Binghamton University in New York, I tried for two consecutive years back home in Canada for medical school, and I got tired of waiting.
Thank you for being on this journey with me, for cheering me on, and for always being in my corner. If you are new to the page, hello and welcome, and if you have been following me since day one, you know I blog about the good, the bad, the difficult, the rewarding, but above all, my love for medicine never changes. I hope this website and my blog help at least one student, and if that happens, then I have done my job of educating the public that the Caribbean route is not scary, that it is in fact doable, and so incredibly worth it.