Clinical Sciences | Clinical Training
Trinity’s clinical sciences program, which encompasses Terms 5 through 10, provides students with an immersion into clinical medicine in both hospital and physician practice settings. This portion of students’ clinical education is provided in partnership with the Houston Healthcare system in central Georgia. Houston facilities include two fully accredited acute care medical facilities, Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital, as well as the Houston Healthcare Pavilion in Warner Robins, Georgia. The Houston Healthcare Pavilion houses the Dr. W. Douglas Skelton Medical Education Center, where the residency program resides along with physician offices, conference rooms, and training facilities for medical students. Here, Trinity students preparing for and engaged in clerkships benefit from a dedicated learning center, complete with access to clinical tutorials and individual and group study spaces.
Trinity provides students the kind of clinical experience you would expect from a U.S. medical school. All rotations are scheduled by a Trinity clerkship administrator. Students rotate on a 1:1 preceptor-to-student ratio and can complete their full 48 weeks of core rotations in one location at our affiliated hospitals and clinics – no moving around from city to city, no waiting for rotations slots to open and no gaps between rotations. This is a huge benefit for both quality of life and cost of living.
On-site Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Clerkships. Our clinical Deans are experienced leaders in clinical education and are an invaluable resource to students in gaining full advantage from clinical experiences that are available to them in third and fourth year and in preparing for the residency match.
Highly Qualified Faculty. Trinity selects as core clerkship program chairs and clinical faculty members only the most qualified teaching physicians with a passion for training the next generation of physicians. We maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio in all clerkships to ensure the best learning environment for students.
Tight-Knit Student Community: Our two campuses offer a community environment where students can remain in close connection and in supportive networks for their entire third and fourth years. This is a major difference with other international schools, where students may be scattered among multiple locations and may be required to move between sites for different rotations. Our students benefit greatly from the deeper connections they make with faculty physicians, who can be very helpful through guidance and recommendations in the residency match process.
Trinity Clinical Campuses
Mid-Atlantic Campus - Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore is a recognized epicenter of medical education, with teaching hospitals including the University of Maryland hospital system, the Lifebridge Health hospital system, as well as the renowned research organization, the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Clerkships: Dr. Marc Zubrow. Dr. Zubrow is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia. He went on to complete a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care. Prior to joining Trinity, Dr. Zubrow was associate professor of medicine and vice president of tele-medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Core Clerkship Affiliated Teaching Hospitals:
- Northwest Hospital, Lifebridge Health
- Grace Medical Center
Southeast Campus - Warner Robins, Georgia
Located just 80 miles south of Atlanta, Warner Robins is an emerging hub of medical education, centered around Houston Healthcare (HHC). HHC has grown from a single community hospital in Warner Robins to an integrated healthcare system consisting of seven separate entities serving 300,000 people annually. Its two fully accredited acute care medical facilities have a combined capacity of 282 beds.
Trinity has partnered with HHC on a long term affiliation agreement under which Trinity students will experience priority access to the clinical training resources of HHC and its affiliated physician network.
Core Clerkship Affiliated Teaching Hospitals:
- Houston Healthcare, Warner Robins GA
- Perry Hospital, Perry GA
Early Clinical Experience
To help build clinical expertise early, Trinity students actually start their clinical work during their first term in St. Vincent. This gives them an important head start entering third year core clerkships in the U.S. By building competency in skills such as taking a medical history, conducting a physical examination, and learning to diagnose appropriately, Trinity students step into their third year core clerkships with a level of knowledge that most schools don’t offer. Faculty preceptors recognize the advantage in preparation by Trinity students, which enhances their confidence in assigning clinical tasks and patient procedures to students. This improves the overall quality of clinical clerkship experiences and enables our students to excel where others struggle to gain their footing.
Elective Tracks and Residency Success
Both of Trinity’s clinical campuses offer a full range of elective rotations and specialty tracks that enable students to complete third and fourth year clerkships on the same campus. We also offer a broad array of away rotations for students who desire a specific specialty experience or seek to build relationships in a hospital system in which they will pursue a residency. The Senior Associate Deans are available to help students in career planning as they complete their elective clerkship schedules.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO NON-U.S AND NON-CANADIAN STUDENTS:
In order to complete the Trinity doctor of medicine (MD) degree program, students from outside the U.S. and Canada may need to obtain certain visas in order to undertake all or a portion of the requisite clinical training in the U.S. Additionally, all students from outside the U.S. and Canada wishing to practice in the U.S. or Canada will need certain visas to take one or more segments of the USMLE exams in the U.S. These visas are solely the student’s responsibility to obtain. Students who are unable to obtain the necessary visas will not be able to access clerkships in the U.S.