The mission of the ATL is to support the academic success of our students. The student is the focal point: an active learner who develops successful life-long learning skills within his or her chosen profession.

The ATL is committed to supporting and empowering our students to achieve their educational and career goals. The ATL provides this support through three connected areas: Student-Centered Programs, Faculty Development, and Medical Education Research and Scholarship.

Ross University School of Medicine is proud to be a member of The Academies Collaborative, an organization which promotes best practices in the professional development of faculty in medical education. We are one of a few international members. Learn more about The Academies Collaborative and view member institutions here.


The ATL offers a range of Student Centered Programs to support the academic success of our students. We aim to provide the highest quality educational experience possible.

The Academic Success Program (ASP) is offered to all students and is especially targeted towards students whose performance on Mini exams suggests an improvement in learning strategy is needed. Through ATL workshops, online materials and advisement with faculty mentors, students receive individualized support concentrating on the development of active learning skills such as:

The Peer Tutor Program connects successful students in upper semesters with those needing assistance. The one-on-one and group sessions focus on various subject disciplines. Sessions are held on evenings and weekends.

The Essential Lifelong Learning Skills Program is a required course for any student repeating a semester in the medical sciences curriculum. This course provides students with the needed cognitive foundations, language of medicine and reasoning skills needed for success in medical school and beyond.

The Communication for Medical Practice Program provides individual and small group sessions to develop and improve English communication skills needed for study as well as future medical practice.

The Preparation Support for Board Examinations Program offers assistance in planning and preparing for the CBSE and Step 1 examinations. This includes the use of resources offered by Becker, diagnostic exams and available question banks.


Students who matriculate into RUSM on or after May 1, 2019 will undergo periodic review by ATL regarding their academic progress during their first semester.  Students who fail to perform satisfactorily during the first semester, starting with the Mini 1 examination, may be subject to a mandatory advising session with ATL

The advising session will provide guidance and feedback on preparing for the next examination, which is critical to academic success in Semester 1. ATL will notify students of the required advising session, including the date and time of the advising session.  Any student who is a “no-show” for their advising session will be issued a warning and rescheduled.  Students who are a “no-show” for their rescheduled advising session will be referred to the conduct coordinator for review and rescheduled for the advising session.  If the student fails to meet with ATL after meeting with the conduct coordinator, he or she may be subject to administrative withdrawal.