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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Lynndsey Klenk and Dr. James Parker

Trinity School of Medicine has always prided itself on the strength and ambition of its students. So many future physicians come our way looking for something new; whether that's a unique learning environment built on support and a strong relationship with the faculty, a curriculum with an emphasis on clinical skills and service to patients, or just a true opportunity to live up to their potential. 

In this next special edition of our alumni spotlight, meet Dr. Lynndsey Klenk and Dr. James Parker, both Trinity graduates and residents in Macon, GA. Drs. Klenk and Parker are engaged, and actually participated in the NRMP's Couples Match program. 

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Hurricane Irma Update

In light of what has already been a difficult hurricane season for the Caribbean, the faculty, staff, and administration of Trinity School of Medicine would like to first make sure that the families and friends of our students know that we are safe and sound here in St. Vincent.

The island of St. Vincent lies between Grenada and Barbados, outside of Hurricane Alley, so while we do have tropical storms (including Harvey, which passed by in its relative “infancy,” as is typically the case), hurricanes typically do not “mature” in our neighborhood of the Caribbean.

That said, the devastation suffered by neighboring islands to the north is going to be long lasting. And as a medical school with a strong culture of outreach, we do want to offer some short term assistance. We are a small school, and there are limits to our available space, but we are opening our available housing to medical students in those impacted areas. For those of you who have transferred from affected schools and therefore have close friends in difficult situations, please contact the administration. While transportation may prove complex, we are opening available student housing for short-to-medium term shelter for affected students, irrespective of where they attend school. We also encourage our student groups to reach out to our communications staff, which can provide a signal and resource boost on any fundraising and outreach efforts they independently undertake.

The human cost of storms like Irma and Harvey are why many of us became, or are becoming, doctors in the first place. We are safe here, but there are others in need and we will continue to offer what aid we can, when we can.

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Trinity School of Medicine Releases Fall 2017 Admissions Interview Schedule

Trinity School of Medicine's fall interview schedule opens the door to students that sought matriculation in September of 2017 and didn't find the right school. It gives them the opportunity to thrive not just in our small (25 student) January class, but also launches those interested directly into May or even the subsequent September start dates. This is a critical time saver for students who wish to start their medical journey sooner rather than later, and don't want to roll the dice on an additional admission cycle in the US after waiting another year. Today, we're going to get into the whys and wherefores about how Trinity's process works, and why we might be the opportunity you've been looking for.

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Trinity School of Medicine Launches Coordinated Curriculum

We are excited to announce some substantial updates to the Trinity School of Medicine curriculum. These changes more directly align and integrate the courses to complement each other and improve student understanding and performance as they progress through their basic sciences.

First, some background. The Trinity School of Medicine curriculum committee is a group of department chairs, key faculty, the dean, and a representative of the Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA representative ensures that the perspective of students is taken into account, and ultimately has their final endorsement as changes are implemented. 

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Trinity School of Medicine Joins Top Tier Caribbean Medical Schools with Latest Accreditation Determination from CAAM-HP

Earlier this summer, Trinity took part in a scheduled accreditation reassessment by The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). For some background, CAAM-HP is the internationally recognized governing body of medical school accreditation in the Caribbean, with standards and practices modeled on the United States' Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which is the accrediting authority of US medical schools. The standards specifically used to evaluate Trinity are also recognized by the US Department of Education's NCFMEA as comparable to the LCME.

The accreditation agency determined that Trinity School of Medicine has been elevated to “Accredited with Conditions, 2017-2019,” the current highest level of determined status of all medical schools accredited by CAAM-HP. 

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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Katarzyna Jurecki

Trinity School of Medicine has always prided itself on the strength and ambition of its students. So many future physicians come our way looking for something new; whether that's a unique learning environment built on support and a strong relationship with the faculty, a curriculum with an emphasis on clinical skills and service to patients, or just a true opportunity to live up to their potential. In this next edition of our alumni spotlight, meet Dr. Katarzyna "Kat" Jurecki, Trinity graduate and attending physician at a private OB/GYN practice in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Charles Gil Boland

Trinity School of Medicine has always prided itself on the strength and ambition of its students. So many future physicians come our way looking for something new; whether that's a unique learning environment built on support and a strong relationship with the faculty, a curriculum with an emphasis on clinical skills and service to patients, or just a fresh start. In this next edition of our alumni spotlight, meet Dr. Charles "Gil" Boland, Trinity graduate and chief anesthesia resident at Cook County HHS in Chicago, Illinois.

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Please Join Us in Congratulating the Trinity School of Medicine Class of 2017!

On June 10th, Trinity School of Medicine held its 2017 commencement ceremony at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. The class, along with 250 of their friends and family, were enthusiastically welcomed to the occasion by Trinity administrative and academic leadership and a variety of VIPs. The day included a key note address from president of graduate medical education for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Bruce Deighton, PhD and concluded as the new graduates took their Oath of Geneva. 

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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Sophie Waterman

Trinity School of Medicine has always prided itself on the strength and ambition of its students. So many future physicians come our way looking for something new; whether that's a unique learning environment built on support and a strong relationship with the faculty, a curriculum with an emphasis on clinical skills and service to patients, or just a fresh start. In this next edition of our alumni spotlight, meet Dr. Sophie Waterman, Trinity graduate and family medicine resident in British Columbia, Canada.

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Student Profiles: Success and the  ILP Experience

 Meet Sarah. Sarah is an internal medicine resident in Indiana now. When we first sat down with her, she was a Trinity student wrapping up her clinical rotations. She stood as an excellent example of what the ILP could offer students: the chance they deserve to succeed. 

When we spoke with Sarah, the ILP was limited in scope, created as a separate track through the MD program. That scope has expanded and, in some way or another, each student at Trinity is on an ILP to make sure they have everything they need to be at their best.


Her early story is common of premed students (although she, herself, is exceptional, as you'll soon learn). She has a BS in biology from the University of Illinois and boasted a strong GPA. She had significant and diverse clinical volunteer experience coming into the application cycle, and picked up a number of incredibly inspirational stories about patient interactions that deepened her commitment to medicine. In the middle of all of that, she worked full-time at a neurologist's office and volunteered as a teaching assistant in EMT certification. 

She came to Trinity for a couple of reasons, initially interested in our small class approach, as she does her best with conceptual learning in small group discussion. Our curriculum's opportunity for just that obviously appealed to her. She also ended up our way because her MCAT was, in her own words, "Not great, not really competitive."

We have spoken, time and again, about the inflated competitiveness of US medical school admissions and their over-reliance on the MCAT exam, how the MCAT is not an effective predictor of success in medical school. Sarah is a great example of that.

Sarah was admitted to Trinity School of Medicine's MD program on the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) track. For those who don't know, the ILP program is a reorganization of the early basic sciences that "ramps" the course work up to the standard track's load at the start of term three. ILP students aren't separate in any regard other than scheduling, and given the small size of Trinity's student body, the only real noticeable difference from a social aspect is that they are in St. Vincent for one additional term. Trinity's tuition is also pro-rated for these students. There is no additional tuition cost for ILP students, even though they are on the island for an additional 10 weeks. 

Back on topic: Sarah utterly thrived in Trinity's ILP track, taking that "not really competitive" MCAT score that many students feel would keep them out of medical school, and going on to score a 244 on the USMLE Step-1 exam, and a 265 on the USMLE Step-2 CK
Illustrated a different way, Sarah had an MCAT score that had her anxious about being admitted to medical school at all. Given an opportunity to thrive, and in an environment where she could do so on her own terms, she proved herself to be in the 93rd percentile of not just Trinity students, or Caribbean students, or IMGs in general, but the top 7% of all US and international medical students combined. 

This is important for a number of reasons. First, it should send a clear message to students of what they can accomplish in the right envornment, but it's also a major signal to residency directors. Year after year, Step-1 score is the top criteria for matching.

What follows are answers straight from Sarah. How she felt along the way, what worked for her, what didn't, and how she built success in Trinity's ILP program. 

How was the MCAT prep process for you?
I did not feel good going into the MCAT. I did a Kaplan classroom course. I was there three times a week for a couple of hours, but even still, I was very stressed. I had a lot on my plate. I had a full time job, I was attending undergrad, and had a lot of extra-curricular activities.  I do blame myself, I think my downfall was time management. I felt I knew the information, I was still very anxious, though. To this day, I still think the MCAT was the hardest exam I’ve ever taken. (USMLE) Step-1 and 2 were much easier by comparison.

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