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Village Doctor Offers Healthcare to Underserved Area of St. Vincent

Trinity School of Medicine Students and Faculty Engage with the St. Vincent Rotary Club in Village Doctor Outreach

In mid-November, Trinity School of Medicine collaborated with the Rotary Club of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in hosting their Annual Village Doctor community outreach. On this occasion, vehicles carrying personnel, equipment, and medicines rolled into the interior community of South Rivers, where the entire entourage convened at the South Rivers Primary School to conduct their consultations.

Patients journeyed from areas within South Rivers and from neighboring communities to avail themselves of the opportunity to be seen by a healthcare professional. Services were provided in the areas of: Gynecology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat, Dental, Ophthalmology and General Medicine. There was also a Pharmacy set up with a number of practicing pharmacists.

Medical professionals from Trinity School of Medicine forming part of the healthcare team were Dr. Andreas Reymann – Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Evaluation, who acted as liaison between the patients directed to particular specialists and the doctors doing the consultations; Dr. Conrad Nedd – Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Preceptor; Dr. Frances Jack – Associate Dean of Students; and Dr. Jamil Ibrahim – Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine; who served as General Practitioners; and Dr. Sotto – Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief Proctor, as Pediatrician. The Triage Area was manned by a team of Trinity's fifth term students who conducted the initial consultation on all of the incoming patients.

According to outreach volunteer and Trinity Student, Joana Cohen,

"It was crazy busy! I think we helped 234 people. In a mere 2.5 hours, ten students got basic histories, took vitals and assigned patients to a particular doctor.

Once we finished assigning the patients I went to the 'general/internal medicine' and watched the doctors. It was fascinating to see how quickly they could make a diagnosis and with so little information: just vitals and chief complaint. No labs, no ultrasound, echo; we only ran 1 or 2 ECGs!

It's a very different world. It was nice to see that quite a few of the medications the Village Doctors had were helpful for the patients, so they could actually receive treatment.

It was also interesting talking to the patients; most had hypertension, about half of which were unaware. Those who were took medication only as needed. Some people had eye or ear problems for years and this was the first time they were seeking any medical attention.

All in all you really did have to be there to fully understand; but every patient was attended to and treated with care and respect. It was truly incredible."

Trinity School of Medicine has been partnering with the Rotary Club of St. Vincent in its Village Doctor exercises for a number of years. This community outreach project is a flagship program of the organization, which travels to villages in need, and offers free medical attention and medicines for one day. Dr. Nedd explained that the collaboration is such that Trinity tries to participate in an exercise at least once per term.

“We simply plan the exercise and work it into the convenience of everyone,” he said. Dr. Nedd further explained that the teams try to target areas where medical services do not meet acceptable regular standards. He, however opined that, “At this exercise, for a community with such a fairly regular service, the turnout was extremely good.”

There were approximately 300 patients who visited the Village Doctor site and close to 400 consultations were performed as many patients were able to see more than one specialist.

This project has assisted thousands throughout the Island from the far North Windward community of Fancy, to Spring Village on the other North Leeward end; and the Grenadine Islands of Bequia, Canouan, and Mayreau. Following the December 2013 devastating floods in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, when several persons lost their lives and many communities suffered infrastructural damage and loss of belongings, the Rotary Village Doctor assisted in the rebuilding exercise, and in providing the medical assistance needed.

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Student Engage in Medical Mission of World Pediatric Project, St. Vincent

News on the Students, Faculty and Achievements of Trinity School of Medicine.

If one wanted to observe the epitome of altruism they need only to pay a visit to any one of the World Pediatric Project Clinics held at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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More Than an MCAT Score? Uncovering an Applicants Potential at Trinity SOM

More Than an MCAT Score? Uncovering an Applicants Potential

The admissions processes for most U.S. medical schools places emphasis first and foremost on standardized test scores and grades. With almost 50,000 applicants vying for 20,000 seats each year, it’s no surprise that the attributes highly valued in health professionals are left out of consideration until the point where the applicant has made it past both the MCAT and GPA score filters successfully.

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Sixty Future Physicians Join Trinity School of Medicine's Study Body

Sixty future physicians joined the student body of Trinity School of Medicine in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, after receiving their White Coats at the ceremony held at the institution on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

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Fifth Term Honored in Student Clinician Ceremony at Trinity SOM

In recognition of their completion of the Basic Sciences, twenty-six students participated in Trinity School of Medicine’s Fifth Term Student Clinician Ceremony on Tuesday, August, 19th at the school.

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Trinity SOM Secures Sallie Mae as Lending Partner for Student Loans

Trinity School of Medicine now offers students the ability to finance their medical education with Sallie Mae's Smart Option Student Loan® for Health Professions Students. The Smart Option Student Loan offers two types of interest rates and multiple repayment options designed to save students money and make it easier to achieve their long-term financial and professional goals. Payments may be deferred until after students leave school or they may choose an in-school repayment option that fits their needs*.

FEATURES OF THE SMART OPTION STUDENT LOAN

The Smart Option Student Loan is an attractive alternative to federal student loans and other financing vehicles*— one that can help you make a smart start on the road to a graduate health professions degree.

  • No origination fees and no prepayment penalty.
  • Borrow up to 100% of your school-certified cost of attendance (minimum $1,000).*
  • A quick credit result. Applying online is fast and easy. It only takes about 15 minutes to apply and get a credit result.
  • A lower interest rate. Get a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction while enrolled to make scheduled monthly payments by automatic debit.*
  • Smart Reward® — 2% cash back. When you become a Upromise® member (which is free to join) and choose the Interest or Fixed Repayment Option you can get a Smart Reward in your Upromise account of 2% of your scheduled monthly payments that are made on time while in school.*
  • Increased peace of mind with the Tuition Insurance Benefit. Covers up to $2,500 per semester of tuition lost due to a covered medical withdrawal. Available at no cost to you with loans that first disburse July 1 through October 31, 2014.
  • Graduated Repayment Period. The Smart Option Student Loan is the only nationwide private student loan offering a Graduated Repayment Period feature*, providing budget flexibility for graduating students. Students in good standing can sign up at the end of their separation period to make interest payments for their first year of repayment. This could allow you to ease the transition to full principal and interest payments.

*For additional information about the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan, including eligibility requirements for each benefit, please go to
http://www.salliemae.com/student-loans/graduate-student-loans/graduate-smart-option-student-loan

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Trinity SOM Kicks Off 2015 MD Admissions Interviews and Seminars

Secure An Interview to Start Your MD in 2015

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Trinity SOM Students in Service to Children Abroad and Near Home

Trinity Students and Graduates Demonstrate Their Service Initiatives for Children with both a Fundraising Effort in St. Vincent and by Volunteering Medical Services in Texas

 

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Trinity SOM Students Achieve New High on USMLE Step 1 Exam

The Faculty and Administration are brimming with pride over our Students' recent accomplishment with regards to the USMLE Step 1 Exam. This week, the ECFMG provided us with results from the past six weeks of Step 1 Exam testing. Ten Trinity SOM students sat for the exam for the first time and achieved some terrific results. The combined passing scores resulted in an average Step 1 passing rate of 234.

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Trinity Students Educate Secondary Schools on Sexually Transmitted Diseases

By St. Vincent Journalist Gloria Williams

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