Trinity’s Advantages for Caribbean Medical Students

Trinity’s a Fully Accredited Caribbean Medical School

A medical school’s accreditation has always been a critical determinant in the ability of its graduates to obtain residency placements and to gain medical practice licenses. Starting in 2019, applicants to international medical schools will hear a lot about the “2023 Rule” that will affect their ability to enter the U.S. residency match beginning in 2023.  Under the 2023 Rule of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), medical students applying for ECFMG certification to enter the U.S. residency match must have attended a school accredited under standards recognized as equivalent to the standards for U.S. medical schools.

Trinity has been accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) since 2015.  CAAM-HP is the legally constituted accrediting agency for its 13 member nations in the Caribbean region and is officially recognized as meeting the accreditation criteria under the 2023 Rule.   Trinity has been and remains one of the top accredited schools in the Caribbean region and all of its graduates will be able to pursue medical practice anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

Clinical Experience Begins in the First Term for MD Students

Because of Trinity's affiliation with a 230-bed teaching hospital, clinical experience begins in the first term--reinforcing what students are learning in the core curriculum with personal patient engagement--and continues through all five terms at the campus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This clinical experience creates an advantage for students as they begin their clerkships in the U.S. It’s no wonder we’re known as one of the best Caribbean medical schools for U.S. students.

The following video captures Trinity Students in their Introduction to Clinical Medicine course at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital:

 

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I've come to a very important realization: that despite the competitive nature of the medical field, I am surrounded by some of the most supportive and encouraging classmates anyone could ask for. And although I may not know what the future holds, for right now, I know that I'm in the right place.


More Personal Attention

See for yourself how Trinity students have benefited from choosing a smaller school for their doctor of medicine (MD) degree program.

Small Class Makes a Big Difference

May 2016 Incoming Class at Trinity School of MedicineThe lectures and labs at Trinity are small and accommodating, providing a unique level of personal attention. Trinity's faculty and students work together to establish a mutually supportive learning community - an educational partnership from which both benefit and to which both contribute. See for yourself what Trinity Students have to say about choosing a small medical school:

Low Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Testimonial for Trinity School of Medicine

Trinity School of Medicine's selective admissions process offers students a very low student-to-teacher ratio, offering more personal attention from the accessible, helpful faculty.

Students and faculty get to know each other on a personal, often first name basis. Incoming classes are commonly described as feeling like a family. Building on any supplemental instruction faculty may offer as needed, tutors and other learning resources help ensure that students completing the basic sciences and the Introduction to Clinical and Community Medicine are fully prepared to take their place alongside students from US and Canadian medical schools for their clinical rotations and beyond.

Financial Aid, Scholarships, & More!

Trinity has partnered with Sallie Mae to provide a cost effective student loan program, providing options without origination fees, with a longer grace period during residency and fellowship, and often at a lower interest rate. This program is significantly more cost effective than US federal loans. While Trinity exceeds every quality standard set out by US federal loan rules in Title IV, we have chosen not to participate in the program at this time, instead using Sallie Mae’s more competitive program. However, US veterans can still use their GI bill benefits to cover the costs of Trinity.

At the same time, Trinity has a diverse portfolio of grants and scholarships. These include merit awards for high performance before and during medical school, community service grants, military service, and previous healthcare experience.

For Canadian students: Trinity is fully recognized by the federal and provincial governments of Canada for their respective student loan programs.

Active Student Life

At Trinity, we well understand the pressure students face to meet the heavy demands of medical school.  We work hard to reduce stress in their lives outside the classroom or hospital, starting from the first day of their arrival on campus, continuing through clerkships and into the residency match.  All first term students are met at the St. Vincent international airport by members of the welcoming committee and are transported to student housing properties, where furnished, fully supplied and air conditioned apartments ease their transition to island life.  All housing properties are conveniently located near campus and have 24-hour security, housekeeping, and high-speed broadband access. Shuttle vans deliver convenient scheduled service between the campus, student housing, the teaching hospital and the downtown market center.  

While studying is the principal activity of students in St. Vincent, recreation and leisure activities abound, including tennis, basketball and gym facilities on campus, and hiking, sailing and scuba excursions off campus.  Breathtaking ocean views from campus and student housing are a calming presence even on the most stressful days. In Baltimore, students enjoy leisure activities at the popular Baltimore Waterfront area and in nearby Washington, D.C.  Our student services staff provides housing location assistance in Baltimore. Students use local transit and ride sharing for transportation between clinical and housing locations.