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Trinity's Clinical Edge: Fifth Term, Step-1, and the Transition to Baltimore

Last week, we talked about Integrated Clinical and Community Medicine (ICCM) at Trinity.  We hinted towards the end of that piece that our approach to early, in-depth clinical training during basic sciences culminates in the 5th term.

Today, we're going to explore that and dig into the benefits of more time and responsibility in the hospital, working with the World Pediatric Project, and the final push towards a great score on the USMLE Step-1 exam before heading to clinical clerkships in Baltimore, MD. 

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Trinity's Clinical Edge: An Overview of the ICCM and its Role in Medical Education

When our graduates discuss their time at Trinity (and when preceptors and attendings discuss Trinity students), exceptional clinical preparedness always comes up. This isn't a coincidence.

Trinity School of Medicine graduates have had extensive clinical training that starts in the first term of study. When they leave St. Vincent after their basic sciences and head to Baltimore, Maryland for their clerkship years, Trinity students feel confident, comfortable, and ready to shine when it's time to round with their US counterparts in the hospital. The backbone of this Trinity advantage is the Introduction to the courses of the Introduction to Clinical and Community Medicine (referred to collectively as "the ICCM").

Today, we're providing an overview of what the ICCM is, how it interacts with the core sciences curriculum on campus, and a video interview with popular student mentor, ICCM course director, and office hours marathon man, Jamil Ibrahim, MD. 

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Trinity School of Medicine Holds Latest 5th Term Ceremony

Because of Trinity's rolling admissions process, every start date, January, May, and September, coincides with a 5th term ceremony that sends a coterie of our students away from the St. Vincent campus and off to their clinical rotations in Baltimore, Maryland.

Much like the white coat ceremony and commencement, the 5th term conclusion is marked by a symbolic event signaling to the students and faculty that a phase of their life is concluding as another begins within the larger scope of their training and career. Unlike those events, the focus is much more on student participation and, while no less serious, the event is more informal and celebratory. Read on to join us in sending this group of January starters onto the next phase of their education.

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Trinity's AMSA Chapter Holds Health Fair While Celebrating Carnival



Mid-summer is Carnival season in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and at this time of year, the streets are packed with visitors and locals enjoying the cultural experience that is "Vincymas." Against this backdrop, Trinity's American Medical Students Association (AMSA) chapter held a series of clinics in the Vincentian capital
city of Kingstown. The clinics provided health checks and continued the ongoing national project of addressing the two primary chronic health concerns in St. Vincent: hypertension and diabetes. Read on for student insights, local comments, and a gallery of our students in action in this vibrant time!

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April Fifth Term Ceremony Sends Trinity Coterie off to Clerkship Rotations in Baltimore.

Last week, Trinity School of Medicine held its fifth term ceremony for its students leaving St. Vincent for their clerkships in Baltimore, MD. While the event is overseen by the school, it is very much a student-driven ceremony, including student speakers, student-bestowed awards, and highlights of individual and group accomplishments during basic sciences. The students were bid farewell in the presence of faculty, staff, colleagues and friends that had all become family during their five terms together on campus.

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Trinity School of Medicine Students Provide Health Checks Prior to Local Running Event

Last month, Vincentian organization Islandwide Fitness asked the Trinity chapter of the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) to support The Glow Run, a local 10k running event with thousands of participants. Islandwide Fitness has a state goal of addressing two chronic health issues that trouble the island of St. Vincent, hypertension and diabetes. So in addition to promoting physical fitness itself, they had Trinity students on scene to perform blood glucose and blood pressure checks. 

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Trinity School of Medicine's AMSA Chapter Holds Pop-up Health Screenings to Fight Chronic Disease

Per the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization, chronic, non-communicable diseases are a major factor in managing public health in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Ranking high on the list are the diseases of hypertension and diabetes.  Government campaigns have been created and executed through the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment as well as the addition of the medical clinics around the country.  It's working, too. Over time citizens are taking greater and greater action in knowing their relevant medical data and taking steps to manage or correct as needed. Trinity's AMSA chapter is taking part in a unique way, to combine patient interaction skills with community outreach. 

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Trinity School of Medicine Faculty and Students Provide Physicals for Vincentian Student Athletes

Earlier this month, Trinity School of Medicine conducted physicals for seventy student athletes at the St. Vincent Girls' High School prior to the high school's annual sports meet. The initiative was instituted after discovering a previously unknown condition in one young woman, and provided valuable pediatric experience for Trinity's students.

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Trinity School of Medicine Holds August 5th Term Ceremony

Last week, Trinity School of Medicine held its latest fifth term ceremony, sending 30 of its  students on to Baltimore, MD and the next phase of their medical education. 

The event was attended by families and friends of the departing students, all welcomed by student speaker Killian Harrelson. Harrelson noted the group's diversity, “Some of us came to medical school directly out of college; while others took some time off in between; and for others still, this is their second career." He reminisced about their passion upon arrival in a new country, to new people, and a new experience.  

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Trinity School of Medicine's AMSA Chapter Holds Health Fair

The Trinity School of Medicine chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has been conducting a series of health fairs in communities around the island of St. Vincent. These events are specifically offering testing and preventitive education on the chronic diseases of diabetes and hypertension, both of which are on the rise in Trinity's Caribbean home.

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