Hearing the news of our school not returning to Dominica was heartbreaking. Despite the numerous ups and downs that living on the island presented, it was a tremendous part of our story. Our ability to withstand power outages, water outages, multiple bouts of gastroenteritis, zika virus, massive mosquito bites, homesickness, tropical storms, and other factors built in us an indestructible and relentless will to pursue our passion. It created in us an ability to adapt to whatever circumstances we face, to be resilient in the face of much adversity and to remain focused on the things that only we have control over. It taught us how to rely on our tribe both on campus and at home. It taught us how to never take for granted the resources we have been given and to pursue medicine with continual humility and gratitude. It taught us more than just how to be Physicians, it taught us how to be people.
Although the Dominica chapter is closing for Ross, I know for many of us, the beautiful Island has left an indent in our hearts. I look forward to the day when I can properly thank the Island and Country and Dominica for all it has done for me.