"When you're in medical school, you'll have a lot more questions than you did in undergrad," stated Vincent Izzi, a Trinity School Of Medicine student, in a webinar for prospective international medical students. And you need to get those questions answered if you're going to be a successful doctor.
One way to be the big fish that gets their questions answered is to ensure you're in a small, supportive pond where you can get the personal attention that you need. Are there medical schools out there where the classes are small enough and the professors are dedicated enough to know every student's name?
Listen as Vincent tells us what it's really like being a big fish at Trinity School of Medicine.
Devon Charlton, a 2012 graduate who recently matched for an Internal Medicine residency, fondly recalls how Trinity's small class sizes (video link) fostered daily support from his professors and classmates when he was in his first terms at Trinity.
A very unique waythat Trinity's faculty and staff assist the students in "carrying through" the sometimes-difficult process of medical school, is the Academic Progress Committee; it is a staple at Trinity School of Medicine.
Vincent expounds on this crucial program.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the island nation that Trinity calls home, could be considered a small pond, but Trinity School of Medicine is a big fish in that small pond. Trinity has fostered a win-win relationship with Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, a 220-bed, teaching-hospital, in the capital of Kingstown where Trinity students begin weekly rounds as part of their Introduction to Clinical Medicine in their very first semester. (Watch this video of students in action at the hospital.)
Because Trinity is a big fish too, the island government gives it personal attention; as such there are ample opportunities for volunteer medical work on the island, from setting up clinics with local doctors to hosting asthma awareness seminars. Research opportunities also help med students become better doctors. Dean Edward Johnson explains some research opportunities that have been created with the Vincentian government.
Small class size, personal attention and hands on clinical experience all help to make great medical students, but all great medical students have to take and pass the USMLE in order to become licensed doctors in North America.
Trinity makes this a very high priority, Kat Jurecki, a Canadian currently on clerkships in Chicago, shares more.
What appeal does being a little fish in a big pond have over developing supportive relationships with highly experienced medical professors, always being able to get your questions answered, and attending a school that emphasizes individualized USMLE preparation? Apply to Trinity, and see for yourself! Your small pond is waiting for you!