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Official Recognition, Approvals, and Accreditation


Trinity’s accreditation by CAAM-HP, the leading accrediting authority for Caribbean medical schools, qualifies our graduates to enter the U.S. and Canadian residency match processes, to secure residencies in any U.S. state or Canadian province, and to become licensed to practice in any U.S. state or Canadian province. Trinity graduates also practice in a number of foreign countries. 

 Our accreditation and recognitions include the following:

 Accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).

  • This body is recognized by the US Department of Education through its National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA).
  • This recognition means the standards used by CAAM-HP and the NAB have been declared comparable to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the organization that accredits all allopathic medical schools in the United States.  
  • Accredited by National Accreditation Board and Ministry of Education for the Government of St. Vincent (NAB).
  • Recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Recognized by Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Recognized by US National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
  • Approved by United States Department of Veterans Affairs for the administration of Post 911 GI Bill and other Veterans Benefits Programs.
  • Recognized by Canadian Revenue Service as an approved university.
  • Approved by the Provincial, Territorial, and Federal Governments of Canada for the
    administration of grants and student loans.
  • Recognized and approved by the Medical Council of India.

Trinity School of Medicine is recognized by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and 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 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).

Trinity School of Medicine is listed as a Designated Educational Institution by the government of Canada (code ZUCF). Its citizens may now obtain Canada Student Loans (federal and provincial) to cover the cost of attending Trinity. 

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.

Trinity School of Medicine Testimonial
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)  – 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 CertificationTrinity 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.