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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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2020 Match Report: Trinity graduates carry on our strong history of success.

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting days in the lives of medical students, (and medical school administrations) is Match Day, and 2020 was no exception. Once again, Trinity graduates carry on our strong history of success in residency placement. Our graduates continue to represent our school in placements at top healthcare institutions across North America, and we are so proud as they take the next step on the way to their careers in medicine.

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Catherine Nowierski

Trinity School of Medicine has always prided itself on the strength and ambition of its students. So many future physicians come our way looking for something new; whether that's learning environment built on support and a strong relationship with the faculty, a curriculum with an emphasis on clinical skills and service to patients, or just a true opportunity to live up to their potential. 

In this latest edition of our alumni spotlight, meet Dr. Catherine Nowierski, a Family Medicine Resident at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, Canada. 

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TSOM Dedicates Learning Centre to Former Governor-General, Sir Frederick N. Ballantyne, GCMG, MD.

Kingstown, St. Vincent -  Trinity Medical Sciences University,  is pleased to announce the dedication and renaming of its learning centre in honor of Sir Frederick N. Ballantyne, GCMG, MD. 

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2019 Commencement for Trinity School of Medicine Graduates

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, Trinity School of Medicine held its 2019 commencement ceremony at  the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.  Forty-five graduates walked across the stage to receive their M.D. diplomas in the stirring ceremony.

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2019 Match Report: More Prestigious Institutions and Graduate Success

We are pleased to announce residency match results for 2019! Once again, Trinity graduates continue to represent our school in placements at top healthcare institutions across the U.S., as a wide range of states are covered in this year's match.


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