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Dreams Don't Need Detours: The Myth of the Masters Degree in Medical School Admissions

There are a lot of spectacular reasons to earn a masters 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 masters 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 admissions cycle in a US and Canadian medical school admissions process already placing too many barriers in front of qualified applicants. Today, we're going to look at this phenomenon, 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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Trinity Students Partner with World Pediatric Project Surgical Mission

Earlier this month, the World Pediatric Project (WPP) held its first mission for 2019 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Its focus was on general pediatric surgery with Dr. Jeffrey Lukish, pediatric surgeon from Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC as team leader. 

For the unaware, the WPP offers surgical and diagnostic care to children in the Eastern Caribbean and has been actively working in St. Vincent and the Grenadines since 2002. Trinity School of Medicine students are frequently in the mix with them in a volunteer/learning capacity. This mission was no different, with Trinity students taking part, re-dedicating the school to clinical education and community service.  The busy visit was a productive one. On consultation day alone, forty-one local children, and an additional fifteen from neighboring islands, were seen by Trinity students and the visiting team of surgeons. 

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A Canadian without a Country: Canada's medical school system forces qualified students abroad, but what comes next?

In Canada in 2017, only 2,617 of the 13,690 applicants were admitted to medical schools. An astonishing 81% of the applicants- many of whom would make phenomenal physicians- found themselves rejected at home. For many people considering medicine, becoming a doctor is a calling. So, a large percentage of those Canadian applicants without a seat looked abroadmost of them to the Caribbean, but some considering Ireland, Australia, and Eastern Europe as well. But, what happens when school is over? In 2018, of the 1,758 international medical graduates (IMGs)- most of whom were Canadians that tried to match back home- only 123 were selected. This is by no means to say that this isn't still a viable path for Canadians, and a fair number of Trinity graduates have matched in places like Ontario, Calgary, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba.  

The point is that the decision to study abroad is a major one, with many factors to consider, from proximity to home, to academic approach, matching, cost, and long term career plans.

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Are You Waiting on a Maybe? Part 2: Winning the Numbers Game

On Tuesday, we hinted that we had something say about the United States and Canadian application systems and the challenges they had for most applicants. Well, today's the day. We're going to cover something that's long been an elephant in the room for medical schools across the hemisphere.

Getting into US and Canadian medical schools is a numbers game. And the rules don't add up.

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Strategy and Residency Match: What You Need to Know

Last week, we published data that gave insight into this year's match for Trinity and its graduates. As a follow up, we're going to break down some of the complexities at play in the match itself, and give guidance to medical students, present and future, on how, and where, Trinity students go that extra mile and succeed.

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International Medical Education in the Media: The Benefits and Necessities of International Medical Graduates

There has been a flurry of coverage on international medical education, lately. These pieces have painted an interesting picture of the sometimes under-noticed benefits to patients and hospitals as well as the pragmatic and necessary contributions to public health. We thought we'd weigh in on these and offer some of our own perspective.

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Can We Buy You a Cup of Coffee?

Trinity School of Medicine is, as always, dedicated to reaching out to qualified students, wherever they may be. We've scheduled a tour across Canada and the US, sending our admissions directors to connect with prospective students and provide what they need to take the next steps towards their futures in medicine. 

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Trinity School of Medicine Welcomes New Dean Dr. Linda Adkison as Dr. Skelton Focuses on Chancellorship

As Trinity School of Medicine continues to grow, so must the administration guiding that growth, ensuring the depth and breadth of quality scales with it. To that end, we are very excited to announce that Dr. Skelton is transitioning to focus on his role as chancellor and we are proud to welcome the eminently qualified Dr. Linda Adkison as dean. 



Previously, Dr. Skelton held both positions himself, noting: "My initial plan was to serve as chancellor and dean through Trinity's obtaining accreditation by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Medicine and the Health professions (CAAM-HP) and then assist in identifying my successor. I am extremely pleased that Dr. Linda Adkison, a colleague from my Mercer days with extensive medical education, medical research, and medical administrative experience has agreed to join us as dean and relocate to St. Vincent. With this change, I will continue as chancellor to assist Dr. Adkison, and to work with her, President Wilson, and the Board of Trustees to continue the establishing of Trinity as a leading international medical school."

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More Than an MCAT Score? Trinity and Applicant Potential in 2016

More Than an MCAT Score: Uncovering an Applicant's Potential for 2016

The admissions processes for most U.S. medical schools places emphasis first and foremost on standardized test scores and grades. With 50,000 applicants vying for 20,000 seats each year, it’s no surprise that the attributes highly valued in health professionals are left out of consideration until the point where the applicant has made it past both the MCAT and GPA score filters successfully. 

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Village Doctor Offers Healthcare to Underserved Area of St. Vincent

Trinity School of Medicine Students and Faculty Engage with the St. Vincent Rotary Club in Village Doctor Outreach

In mid-November, Trinity School of Medicine collaborated with the Rotary Club of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in hosting their Annual Village Doctor community outreach. On this occasion, vehicles carrying personnel, equipment, and medicines rolled into the interior community of South Rivers, where the entire entourage convened at the South Rivers Primary School to conduct their consultations.

Patients journeyed from areas within South Rivers and from neighboring communities to avail themselves of the opportunity to be seen by a healthcare professional. Services were provided in the areas of: Gynecology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat, Dental, Ophthalmology and General Medicine. There was also a Pharmacy set up with a number of practicing pharmacists.

Medical professionals from Trinity School of Medicine forming part of the healthcare team were Dr. Andreas Reymann – Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Evaluation, who acted as liaison between the patients directed to particular specialists and the doctors doing the consultations; Dr. Conrad Nedd – Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Preceptor; Dr. Frances Jack – Associate Dean of Students; and Dr. Jamil Ibrahim – Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine; who served as General Practitioners; and Dr. Sotto – Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief Proctor, as Pediatrician. The Triage Area was manned by a team of Trinity's fifth term students who conducted the initial consultation on all of the incoming patients.

According to outreach volunteer and Trinity Student, Joana Cohen,

"It was crazy busy! I think we helped 234 people. In a mere 2.5 hours, ten students got basic histories, took vitals and assigned patients to a particular doctor.

Once we finished assigning the patients I went to the 'general/internal medicine' and watched the doctors. It was fascinating to see how quickly they could make a diagnosis and with so little information: just vitals and chief complaint. No labs, no ultrasound, echo; we only ran 1 or 2 ECGs!

It's a very different world. It was nice to see that quite a few of the medications the Village Doctors had were helpful for the patients, so they could actually receive treatment.

It was also interesting talking to the patients; most had hypertension, about half of which were unaware. Those who were took medication only as needed. Some people had eye or ear problems for years and this was the first time they were seeking any medical attention.

All in all you really did have to be there to fully understand; but every patient was attended to and treated with care and respect. It was truly incredible."

Trinity School of Medicine has been partnering with the Rotary Club of St. Vincent in its Village Doctor exercises for a number of years. This community outreach project is a flagship program of the organization, which travels to villages in need, and offers free medical attention and medicines for one day. Dr. Nedd explained that the collaboration is such that Trinity tries to participate in an exercise at least once per term.

“We simply plan the exercise and work it into the convenience of everyone,” he said. Dr. Nedd further explained that the teams try to target areas where medical services do not meet acceptable regular standards. He, however opined that, “At this exercise, for a community with such a fairly regular service, the turnout was extremely good.”

There were approximately 300 patients who visited the Village Doctor site and close to 400 consultations were performed as many patients were able to see more than one specialist.

This project has assisted thousands throughout the Island from the far North Windward community of Fancy, to Spring Village on the other North Leeward end; and the Grenadine Islands of Bequia, Canouan, and Mayreau. Following the December 2013 devastating floods in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, when several persons lost their lives and many communities suffered infrastructural damage and loss of belongings, the Rotary Village Doctor assisted in the rebuilding exercise, and in providing the medical assistance needed.

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