Thinking of Going to Medical School, Here Are Some Commonly Asked and Answered Questions

Thinking of Going to Medical School, Here Are Some Commonly Asked and Answered Questions

With all of the things that make you uniquely you, the same is true about each medical school. While researching medical schools, you'll want to find one that fits all of your needs. We have compiled a list of most asked questions, with answers, to narrow down your choices. 

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What are the opportunities for research?
Most medical students are choosing to participate in medical education projects as part of their medical training, and students are investing more time upfront to better understand what opportunities are available to them.

Trinity students have numerous ways to become involved with research. One example, a student can partner with professors on research projects in progress. Any student can seek mentorship from faculty while designing their projects. The "Trinity Think Tank" is a unique student-run organization that offers peer advising and fosters an environment that allows students to engage in research and scholarly activities. Each fall, the Trinity School of Medicine hosts an annual Research Day, where the work of students and faculty are presented in oral presentations and showcased as poster presentations. Click here to read some of our students' publications.

Are individualized learning plans available?
Many students consider an ILP if they have been out of school for more than a year or their MCAT score or GPA falls outside of the U.S./Canadian medical school acceptance range.

At Trinity, we understand each individual comes with their own unique set of life experiences, cultures, and backgrounds. With this taken into consideration, coursework can be carefully structured to maximize the benefits of Trinity's coordinated curriculum, while also considering the estimated challenge level of each course based on student feedback and outcomes. 

How do students perform on the National Board Examinations?
Step exam scores are consistently in the top criteria utilized by Residency Program Directors to evaluate applicants for the National Resident Match Program.

94% of Trinity students pass their USMLE STEP 1, with an average score of 220.

"Great focus, great faculty, great interaction; it meant great outcomes. I felt very well prepared in the basic sciences, and was able to approach the Step 1 exam confidently." 

Trinity  utilizes the National Board of Medical Examiner (NBME) discipline exams, several formative diagnostic exams, and the NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Exam all to ready students to not just pass, but ace their boards, ultimately leading to highly competitive graduates matching to their top residency program.

Tell me more about the library and extracurricular facilities, for example, is designated study space available?
Libraries are the heart of social and intellectual activity, and are varily the center of learning.  At Trinity the learning resource center (library) is available for student use 24/7 and available as a central study hall. We realize the importance of having time to decompress, and have made this easy with a volleyball court, basketball court, and recently renovated gym facility, all on campus!

What types of immunizations am I required to have?
Vaccines protect young adults from getting serious and even deadly diseases. They may be especially important if you’re living in close quarters with others and sharing bedrooms, bathrooms, and food.
Once accepted to Trinity, all students are required to provide their health history, along with documented proof of immunity to certain contagious diseases, prior to registration. This includes a completed health history form, certificate of immunization documentation, and tuberculosis testing results. Click here to see our Health Testing Results page.

What type of clinical sites are available for clerkships?
Clinical clerkships are a vital component of your medical education and the quality of the programs provided is often overlooked in the initial search for medical school. Trinity provides students the kind of clinical experience you would expect from a U.S. medical school. Both of our U.S. clinical locations have a clinical Dean on site. Our clerkship deans are experienced leaders in clinical education and are an invaluable resource to our students. Another advantage Trinity students have is they can complete their full 48 weeks of core rotations in one location – no relocating, no waiting for rotations slots to open and no waiting between rotations. Students can finish on time and stay on track for their residency match cycle.

What kind and where are the residency programs to which recent graduates were accepted?
Test_ScoresBecause residencies mark the transition between school and a student's career as a doctor, Trinity prepares learners to land prestigious residencies and excel in them. Trinity's on-site clinical clerkship deans develop a close relationship and work directly with students helping them choose the right program and prepare for interviews. This support reduces stress for the student and has proven to be successful, many Trinity graduates go on to become chief residents within their programs. 

We believe in transparency, not to mention we're incredibly proud of our successful match rate over time. Here's a link to our 2020 matches, and a link to our 2019 matches.

What student activities are available outside of the lectures?
Medical school is demanding. In order to maintain well-rounded, successful students, there must be activities outside of the classroom. There's no shortage of Island adventures from hiking, to scuba diving or participating in Trinity's student activity groups. These groups serve as networking opportunities and philanthropic outlets, where students devote their time to a shared mission or project. 

Would I be happy at this school for at the least the next four years?
Of course, we think so, but the best way to gauge this is to connect with an alumni or read what Trinity alumni have to say about their time at Trinity. Check out our Alumni Spotlight featuring Dr. Clinton Ezekiel, Dr. Kendra Allen, Dr. Adrian Garcia, Dr. Kirk Vannitamby.

If you have made the decision to take your first step to medical practice, we invite you to consider Trinity as the one school that will invest personally and professionally in you with your success as its core mission. 

 

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