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Trinity School of Medicine Donates Essential Supplies to Sandy Bay Residents

In late November 2016, an eastbound trough storm system impacted St. Vincent and the Grenadines, producing exceedingly heavy rains that resulted in serious flooding and  landslides & slippages in some areas, mainly on the Northeast and Northwest sides of mainland St. Vincent (For context, the campus is located in the southern region, on more forgiving terrain and sheltered by the island's mountains).  The devastation caused by these two days of incessant showers destroyed several homes and vital roads; entire fields of crops were washed away. The water and electricity supply in some areas were disconnected, leaving these communities without a ready supply for more than a week, and in some very severely affected areas, up to about three weeks.  One of the most severely affected areas in the country was an area on the North Eastern side of the country called Sandy Bay.

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Trinity School of Medicine's AMSA Chapter Takes Part in Cancer Outreach and Support on St. Vincent

 As future physicians, healthcare outreach and awareness has always been a top-of-mind extracurricular activity for Trinity students, particularly it's AMSA (American Medical Student Association) chapter. It is for that reason that the organization collaborated with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Medical Association (SVGMA), to once again host two events in Kingstown. Each event, one focused on prostate cancer (a 5k), the other on breast cancer (The Pink Cap City Walk), was held to educate, support, and entertain everyone from a curious general public looking to learn more about their own health, to cancer survivors and their families. 

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World Pediatric Project and Trinity 5th Term Students Bring Additional Expert Care to SVG Children

 

Med students around the world know the anxiety of deciding on a specialty, so it's always heartening to hear a fifth term student (Trinity's final year of basic sciences) moving confidently towards a professional focus, and having that inclination confirmed by practical clinical experience during the early stage of medical school.

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Trinity School of Medicine Holds Funeral for Retired Cadaver

Trinity is not a typical medical school. Beyond its dogged attempt to continuously evaluate and improve its own curriculum, it is an institution dedicated to living its declared culture of caring and service. It's a crucial part of a student's education: if Trinity wants to produce physicians that go the extra mile for their patients, Trinity must always do whatever it can to go the extra mile itself.

An excellent example of this is "Walter."

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Trinity School of Medicine Reinvigorates Efforts to Recruit Locally: Contribute to Quality Medicine in St. Vincent

The Ministry of Education in St. Vincent and the Grenadines recently collaborated with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Medical Association to host the 11th Annual College and Career Exhibition. Trinity School of Medicine not only attended but showcased its opportunities to students and other visitors to the event about all the medical school has to offer the Caribbean.

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Trinity AMSA Chapter Visit to Children's Home

As the past few weeks have demonstrated, Trinity School of Medicine has an active, engaged student body. While their studies require a lot of their energy and focus, this drive is also exercised through a number of student organizations. Most recently, the Trinity chapter of AMSA (American Medical Students Association) made a service trip to the St. Benedict Day Nursery and Children’s Home.

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Trinity Med Students Participate in Orthopedic Outreach of World Pediatric Project

 

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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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Student Engage in Medical Mission of World Pediatric Project, St. Vincent

News on the Students, Faculty and Achievements of Trinity School of Medicine.

If one wanted to observe the epitome of altruism they need only to pay a visit to any one of the World Pediatric Project Clinics held at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Sixty Future Physicians Join Trinity School of Medicine's Study Body

Sixty future physicians joined the student body of Trinity School of Medicine in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, after receiving their White Coats at the ceremony held at the institution on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

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