Adtalem International Training Medical Colleges Commemorate Extra Than 1,000 College students Graduating Amid COVID-19 Disaster

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create a need for frontline medical staff, Adtalem Global Education (ATGE) is proud to celebrate more than 1,000 new doctors joining the workforce from its two medical schools. The American University of the Caribbean Medical School (AUC) and Ross University Medical School (RUSM) recently commemorated Class 2020 with virtual opening ceremonies.

“More than ever, we have a clear need for excellent physicians, especially those who have developed community engagement skills, an important pillar of the curriculum at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine,” said Dr. Heidi Chumley, Provost from AUC. “As these new doctors join their residency programs, I have confidence that they will be ready to make immediate contributions to their patients and their communities, to work in many underserved areas of the country, and to join health care workers in an ongoing pandemic dealing with medical needs. ”

With the majority of graduates starting internships in internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics, AUC and RUSM alumni are ready to bolster a workforce that was already facing shortages before the current pandemic. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the US will be short of 122,000 doctors by 2032. AUC and RUSM graduates will also work in the fields of anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology and psychiatry, and radiology.

“Students from around the world come to Ross University School of Medicine to pursue their passion for medicine,” said James Record, MD, JD, FACP, Provost and chief academic officer at RUSM. “These doctors are moving to their homes in some of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19 and are ready and able to have a positive impact on these communities.”

According to the latest US Department of Education data, Adtalem is completing more MDs through its affiliated schools AUC and RUSM than any other individual school in the US. With more than 22,500 alumni, these doctors practice in almost every state, including those hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Meeting this critical labor need is an important pillar of Adtalem’s mission to empower students and members to achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to our global community.

Via the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Founded in 1978, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has more than 7,500 graduates, many of whom work in primary care or in underserved areas. With locations in Sint Maarten and the United Kingdom, affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom, and an internationally recognized faculty, AUC has a diverse medical education program for today’s global practitioner. For more information, visit, follow AUC on Twitter (@aucmed), Instagram (@aucmed_edu) and Facebook (@aucmed).

About the Ross University School of Medicine

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) was founded in 1978 and is located in Barbados. It has more than 15,000 alumni and is committed to training a diverse group of qualified doctors. RUSM is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Agency 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 Adtalem Global Education

Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member of S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading provider of solutions to the workforce and the parent organization of the American University of the Caribbean Medical School, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, the 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.