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Medical School Requirements for International Students

 As the competition to secure a spot in a U.S. medical school becomes increasingly fierce, more students are setting their sights on alternative options. International medical schools are not only attracting Americans looking to continue their higher education in a smaller group setting; the opportunity attracts students from Canada, India, Turkey, Korea, and many other countries with a need for increased availability to better healthcare. Students world-wide are finding Trinity School of Medicine, a fully accredited medical university located in the Caribbean, to be the best alternative to U.S. medical school.

With small classes, highly-qualified and accessible faculty, and early clinical experience beginning in students’ very first term, Trinity offers a truly unique experience that is unrivaled by any other Caribbean medical school.

 Medical School Academic Requirements for International Students 

Many of the medical schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean require international applicants to have a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation. In the following sections, we’ll walk through some of the most common questions an international student may have about these requirements.

 Does It Matter Where the Applicant Obtained their Undergraduate Degree? 

Typically, the medical schools requiring applicants to have a bachelor’s degree only accept graduates from a Canadian or American institution. Therefore, a student who receives an undergraduate degree in any other country is usually not eligible to apply.

This is not the case at Trinity we accept qualified applicants from around the world.

 What Are Common Medical School Policies on Accepting International Students? 

Since medical schools in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean have differing policies in relation to accepting international students, applicants should visit the institution’s website and review their admissions policies prior to applying to any medical school.

The most common requirements:

  • The applicant must have completed undergraduate coursework at an accredited college or university.
  • The applicant must demonstrate his or her ability to speak fluent English. An applicant proves his or her fluency by taking the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.

 The Primary Medical School Application Process for International Students 

Most medical schools, including Trinity, simplify their application process by using the American Medical School Application Service (AMCAS®).

While international applicants use the AMCAS® to apply, this service cannot verify foreign coursework. In addition, the service is unable to accept foreign transcripts or transcripts that have been evaluated/translated unless an accredited post-secondary institution in the U.S., Canada, or a Territory of the United States, accepts the applicant’s foreign coursework.

After receiving the applicant's coursework from an accredited post-secondary institution, AMCAS® verifies the courses and adds them to the applicant's grade point average (GPA).

Courses that have not been accepted by an accredited post-secondary institution can still be added; however, since these courses are unable to be verified, an AMCAS® GPA is not calculated. The applicant may still be able to provide these transcripts with his or her secondary application.

 The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®) 

The majority of medical schools in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean require that applicants take the MCAT®. While the results of this examination are important, Trinity School of Medicine takes a holistic approach to evaluating candidates for admission, considering factors such as research experience, academic accomplishments, and admissions interviews.

Several times a year, the MCAT® examination is administered in various locations throughout the United States as well as in some locations abroad. A list of the countries where testing is available and the dates the examination is offered can be found on the MCAT® information page at AAMC.org.

 What Trinity Looks for in An International Student 

When considering an applicant, Trinity takes more into account than the applicant's MCAT® score. For example, applicant accomplishments, volunteer experiences, and academic achievements are all factors to be considered when determining if the student is a good fit for Trinity School of Medicine.

While the majority of students at Trinity are citizens of the U.S. or Canada, we welcome applicants world-wide who meet the above requirements. If you are interested in attending a fully accredited medical university that will help you achieve success through personalized support, Trinity School of Medicine may be the school for you. Trinity is located in the beautiful Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which means that while pursuing your degree, you can enjoy warm weather all year long, breathtaking ocean views, and plenty of sun.

At Trinity, students’ success is our success. Our highly-qualified and credentialed educators and staff are committed to shaping their students into skilled and confident physicians. Trinity is proud to provide a setting where students can build relationships and benefit from the constant support only small class sizes and close peer groups provide.

Contact us today to learn more about Trinity School of Medicine.

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Trinity School of Medicine Celebrates the 2021 White Coat Ceremony

Earlier this month, Trinity School of Medicine held its White Coat Ceremony for the September 2021 starting class. Along with the new matriculants, parents, relatives, friends, and other well-wishers gathered to celebrate the day at Kingstown Baptist Church in St. Vincent. Presiding over the event was Trinity Dean Dr. Frances Purcell with guest speakers including Her Excellency Dame Susan Dougan, Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr. Steven R. Wilson, President of Trinity Medical Sciences University, and Dr. Paul Cartwright.

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Trinity School of Medicine & South Georgia State College Partner Together to Provide Students with a Pathway to Medical School

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Rowell, GA: Trinity School of Medicine today announced a new partnership with South Georgia State College. This partnership will create a guaranteed pathway to an accredited medical school for South Georgia State College (SGSC) students seeking to become physicians and advance healthcare opportunities in Southeast Georgia.

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Does Your Medical School Matter? 6 Factors to Consider

This article has been updated to provide the greatest relevance & timeliness for our readers. It was originally published August 2017.

As prospective medical students consider their options for where to go to med school, many wonder how much their choice will actually impact their future as a doctor. 

Each year, the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) residency director survey demonstrates that the school a candidate attended is a remarkably low priority in their decision making process. In the most recent report findings, a candidate's medical school didn't even make the top 20 factors when considering an applicant for an interview invitation! 

On its surface, the NRMP survey implies that whatever medical school you choose to attend is irrelevant; as long as you absorb the material and can perform when evaluated on exams, in front of preceptors, etc., that's all that matters.

However, it's crucial to consider that while, on the surface, it may look like your medical school doesn't matter, the learning environment cultivated by that school, and how it has specifically prepared you for a career in medicine, can be the single biggest factor in your success. 

Medical students don't thrive in a vacuum. They need a curriculum, faculty, support structure, living environment, extra-curricular opportunity, even a student body, that is shaped to help them succeed. A school doesn't just provide information, it should help students develop on a personal level into the sort of physician a residency director wants on their team and, ultimately, caring for their community.

In this post, we'll examine factors that the NRMP does consider to be important factors in a residency candidate and how the medical school you attend can help to cultivate and improve your results across each metric. 

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2020 DO & MD Merger: Impact on Caribbean Med Students

This article has been updated to provide the greatest relevance & timeliness for our readers. It was originally published June 2018.

Previously, DO and MD residencies have been matched in separate processes. In 2020, they merged into a single program. Today we're going to dive into what that actually means for MD students, specifically Trinity and its graduates. 

But first, let's cover the basics. There is a myth out there that international medicine graduates, or IMGs, will have a more difficult time in the match now because more US trained DO students will be applying for the same residencies. This is verifiably false. In fact, the opposite is true. MD students of any kind, including Caribbean medical school graduates, will have a better opportunity to match after the merge. 

With that baseline understanding set, let's get into the specifics of the merger and what it means for med students. 

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Master's Before Med School? Pros, Cons, & What to Know

This article has been updated to provide the greatest relevance & timeliness for our readers. It was originally published January 2019.

There are a lot of spectacular reasons to earn a master's degree. From personal academic enrichment to general career planning, all the way down to specific job requirements, graduate degrees are a viable path to expertise and growth. A master's degree is not, however, a requirement to practice medicine, nor even a recommendation. Despite this, they have become a begrudgingly common method for attempting to pad a GPA after a difficult US or Canadian medical school admissions process.

Before deciding if a master's degree before medical school is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What Are Your Personal and Professional Goals?

  2. What Are the Pre-Reqs for Med School?

  3. How Does Your Graduate School GPA Affect Your Medical School Prospects?

  4. What Are The Financial Implications of a Master's Degree for Med School?

  5. What Do Med School Students & Alumni Think of Getting a Master's Degree Before Medical School?

  6. Will a Master's Degree Delay Your Medical Education & Career?

In this article, we're going to look at the pros and cons of getting a master's degree before medical school, dig into some data, talk to our students, and offer some insight into why it may not be what it's cracked up to be and what other options may be out there for you.

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Alumni Spotlight: Meghan Pillai

This edition of our alumni spotlight shines a bright light on Dr. Meghan Pillai. Hailing from the eastern end of Long Island (the North Fork), Pillai has spent plenty of time in the northeast. She attended Boston University, earning a B.S. in Business Management. With a knack for numbers, Meghan wasn't done adding to her higher-level education. She went on to Harvard University, earning a master's in Business Administration. Pillai's innate drive to know more, coupled with her desire to help others, eventually led her to pursue a medical career. Attending both undergraduate and graduate school in the northeast, attending a Caribbean medical offered more than just a beautiful backdrop to study medicine. Dr. Pillai is now in her 3rd year of residency, close to home, in New Jersey.

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Allison Laffoon

In this edition of our alumni spotlight, we are proud to showcase Dr. Allison Laffoon. Dr. Laffoon's desire for medicine was sparked when her younger brother was diagnosed with severe autism when he was just 5-years-old. She recalls the countless doctors' appointments, tests, and other factors that eventually led to her brother's diagnosis. Her interest in medicine stems from these experiences as a young child. Laffoon attended the University of Iowa and received her MD from Trinity in 2018. She is now a general surgery resident at the University of Texas Health - San Antonio.

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Andrea Folds

In this edition of our alumni spotlight, we are proud to showcase Dr. Andrea Folds. Dr. Folds is a native of Florida, and is what some would consider a non-traditional student. She left her first career as a successful accountant to follow her passion and become a physician. While researching Caribbean medical schools, she looked at them all, and Dr. Folds says she could not be happier with deciding to attend Trinity. " Trinity provides you with everything you need.” Dr. Folds adds she did not face any hurdles as an IMG, landing a residency at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in South Florida. It’s worth noting, this was her first choice for matching! Get to know more about Dr. Folds and her journey.  

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Kirk Vannitamby

In this latest edition of our alumni spotlight, we are excited to introduce you to Trinity alum Dr. Kirk Vannitamby.  With a background in engineering and a passion for medicine, Dr. Vannitamby stayed the course. And it paid off. He is excited to let everyone know he matched with his number one choice,  Western University located in London, Ontario, Canada.  You can join Dr. Vannitamby for an online information session May 27th - Click here to register.

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