Clinical Transition Term
The transition from basic sciences to clinical rotations
Clinical Science Transition Term
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, centered around Trinity’s affiliation with the Houston Healthcare system in Central Georgia. Their 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, 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 have access to clinical tutorials and individual and group study spaces in a dedicated learning center.
The focus of Term 5, known as the clinical transition term, is the integration of clinical sciences into the preparation our students have already completed in their Basic Sciences curriculum in terms 1-4 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At the conclusion of their integrative training, clinicians will orient students to clinical presentation, clinical assessment, and treatment plans so they are well prepared to start clinical rotations.
Our Integrated Systems Review sessions utilize materials provided by Kaplan for preparation for the USMLE Step 1 exam, taken prior to the beginning of clinical rotations. This includes the Kaplan Q-Banks, study material, and assessments sessions, which are led by leading physicians, clinicians and scientists.
Trinity students have an exceptional array of resources available to them during Term 5. The Houston Healthcare Pavilion provides us with 7,000 sq. ft. of excellent study space dedicated to our medical students where clinical faculty and student study groups can freely embody our team approach to the rigors of USMLE Step 1 preparation and clinical skills demonstration. Students will have access to hospital, residency, and clinical staff from Houston Healthcare System as well as medical simulation labs made available to Trinity students at nearby Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC). These resources provide a truly unique clinical training environment among international medical schools.
During Term 5, students will also complete certifications for Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Blood Borne Pathogens (BBP) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which are required for all clinical rotations in the US. Additional clinical skills assessments include suture clinics, intubation clinics, phlebotomy, physical examination, and wound care assessments. Hospital onboarding procedures, background checks, drug screens, and other credentialing requirements are also completed during Term 5.