Why Trinity is a Top Caribbean Medical School
One of the most common things prospective applicants look for when researching offshore medical schools is either, "What are the top Caribbean medical schools?" or, "Caribbean medical school rankings." While it makes sense to look for an objective assessment of the options as a starting point, certain complications arise in regards to these topics.
The US and Canada have a number of internal rankings from trusted publications out there that provide great, useful school data for students and their families—and unfortunately, this just doesn’t exist for Caribbean medical schools. There are certainly amateur blogs and editorials that can be found on this topic, but it is important to note that nothing is considered "official."
Ranking Caribbean Medical Schools
While there is no trusted or official ranking system by which to list our competitors and colleagues, below is a quick overview of what is important to look for when considering a Caribbean medical school.
Accreditation. Consider schools accredited by an internationally recognized body—in the Caribbean, that’s CAAM-HP. That’s just the beginning, though. In the US, that school’s specific CAAM-HP accreditation should be recognized by the NCFMEA (National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation). It’s also important to look for WFME recognition, a FAIMER/IMED listing, and ECFMG authorization—all of which can be found at the top schools.
Approvals. Trinity’s graduates have already secured residencies and fellowships, and practice medicine throughout the US and Canada. That said, there are also individual state approvals—New York and California are frequently cited. Trinity is currently working on California’s individual state approval, and will focus on New York after that. Currently, New York isn’t the top priority because New York’s medical board allows students to match and practice in the state without formal approval of the school, while California’s does not. Trinity is on track to have its California approval by the end of 2017.
*Note: Per the California medical board, even students that start at Trinity before that approval is complete can practice in California afterwards. All it takes is 4 years of licensed medical practice in good standing for those students that earned their degree with us prior to the approval finalizing.
Match Rates & Attrition. Beyond accreditation and approvals, most applicants already know what else to consider, and match rate is a big one. Trinity’s match rate is an unvarnished 86%, and that number is gathered from first day of class through graduation. At Trinity, we do not "gate" our numbers based on test scores, nor do we throw the door wide and let everyone sink or swim. Rather, we strive to select candidates that have been unfairly overlooked by the United States and Canadian medical school systems and give them a supportive environment to thrive and train. Student success is our success, which is why we keep our classes so small and why our attrition rate is so low. From the first day of class in the first term of basic sciences through graduation, our attrition rate is 12-13%.
Board Scores. Another point of interest is student board scores. Trinity is proud to note that our USMLE Step-1 pass rate is 93% with an average score of 223. Our Step-2 average score is 234 (both continue to climb, as well). As a final note, Trinity has an unbroken streak of graduating a handful of chief residents in every class since its inaugural class graduated. While most medical schools can boast this, few are producing students so recognized by their peers and directors from a January class with only 25 students.
Clinical Rotations. One thing applicants may overlook when considering a top Caribbean medical school is the location of, and number of times they’ll have to move, clinical rotations. There are Caribbean medical schools that spread their clinicals across the US, requiring students to move upwards of thousands of miles every eight weeks to finish their education. 100% of Trinity’s core clinical rotations now take place at our program in Baltimore, Maryland.
Top Medical School in the Caribbean
There are numerous options available to any future medical student, and while Trinity School of Medicine is only one of them, it is a good one. Trinity’s students and their outcomes agree, too. If there’s one thing we ultimately want applicants to consider when deciding on a top Caribbean medical school, it’s this: what environment do you want to spend your medical education learning in? Trinity represents small class sizes, a supportive culture, constant bedside experience, unparalleled access to global health outreach, a unified clinical program in one US city, and most importantly—good outcomes.