Official Recognition, Approvals, and Accreditation
Trinity School of Medicine carries multiple accreditations, national and international.
Trinity School of Medicine was granted accreditation by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines effective April 11, 2008.
In 2015, Trinity School of Medicine earned accreditation by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP), the legally constituted international body established to accredit medical programs in the Caribbean. The standards used by the CAAM-HP are based on the United States medical school accreditation program as outlined by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and are recognized by the World Federation of Medical Education (WMFE) as comparable to US accredited schools. As such, it is concurrently recognized as a viable academic pathway to an MD degree in the United States.
As of September 19th, 2016, CAAM-HP, the legally governing accreditation body of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has been recognized by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA, a committee within the US Department of Education) as having accrediting standards comparable to those used to accredit medical programs in the United States.
CAAM-HP accredited schools in St. Vincent have been recognized by the US Department of Education as accredited at a standard comparable to United States medical schools, as so governed by the LCME. Not only is Trinity School of Medicine one of those schools, it is the only CAAM-HP accredited school in the country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Trinity School of Medicine's accreditation is recognized by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and Trinity School of Medicine has been listed in its International Medical Education Directory (IMED) since September 19, 2008.
This listing in FAIMER/IMED and the assignment of a code provides the sanction for Trinity students to register for and take the USMLE Steps 1, Step 2 and Step 3 examinations. Students who successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 (CK) and (CS), and otherwise meet the requirements for graduation from Trinity, are then authorized by the ECFMG to register for and participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) as well as the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).
Finally, Trinity School of Medicine is compliant with the Education Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) 2023 rule dictating that all international medical graduates be required to have graduated from a school that has been appropriately accredited.
The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has granted to Trinity School of Medicine a charter to operate the medical school with special access to Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and a number of government sponsored clinics for its medical school and with the right to confer the degree of Doctor of Medicine after the successful completion of the prescribed accredited curriculum (10 terms) and to engage in all necessary and appropriate activities which are incidental to the operation of a medical school.
United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE)
These tests are recognized standards for assessing a student's ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles as well as to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. The sequence is as follows:
USMLE Step 1 – must be taken and passed within three attempts prior to entering the clinical clerkships – after term 5 or during term 6.
USMLE Step 2 – Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS) – taken after completing most of the required or in an early elective.
USMLE Step 3 – taken prior or shortly after the completion of residency training.
ECFMG Certification – Trinity School of Medicine students are eligible for ECFMG certification to sit for USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3 and they may be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to register for and participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) upon meeting the ECFMG requirements.