The Five-Year Doctor of Medicine Degree Program
The 5-Year combined pre-medical and medical degree program was designed for students in countries outside the U.S. and Canada where higher secondary education (and the Higher Secondary Exam) immediately precede entry to professional degree programs.
Students who have completed a Higher Secondary Certificate in a Sciences stream including Biology, Chemistry and Physics are strong candidates for this program.
The three-term Pre-Medical and ten-term Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree programs, in combination, offer a comprehensive medical education and prepare students for postgraduate education in the U.S.
How is the Combined Program Structured?
Students who have earned college level credit concurrently during the completion of secondary school or attained credits from undergraduate institutions are encouraged to apply to the Pre-Medical program as these credits will be considered in the admissions process. Most students entering Trinity School of Medicine's Pre-Medical program directly from secondary school will require a minimum of 5 years to attain their MD degree. Students will generally attend three consecutive terms per year. The year-round format reduces the length of time required compared to other programs. Students may choose to take a term off between the programs and again in preparation for the Step 1 board exam, with faculty approval. The timeline below shows the entire pre-medical MD combination program in consecutive terms.
Is acceptance into the MD or Doctor of Medicine program automatic if I pass my Pre-Medical courses?
Like any other undergraduate program, certain criteria must be met in order to be enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, including a sufficient Grade Point Average in the core sciences. Students who successfully complete all requirements of the Pre-Medical year with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no more than three (3) grades lower than a B will be considered for promotion to Trinity School of Medicine's Doctor of Medicine degree program.
Enrollment in Trinity School of Medicine's 5-Year Program will better prepare you for achieving residency and licensure in the United States.
The class size for the first year (3 terms) is limited to 25 students. You will attend classes in a year round format (trimesters) building towards promotion to the MD program in year two. The curriculum was designed with the same prerequisites US students complete to offer you a level playing field for Step 1, Step 2CS and CK and residency. Other advantages include:
- Instruction from, and interaction with, the MD faculty and students
- Classes held on the Medical School campus
- Testing and preparation beginning in the Pre-Medical program to better prepare you for a strong score on NBME and USMLE type exams
- Earlier acclimation to the island, climate, faculty, and school, prior to the more demanding MD curriculum
- Opportunities to shadow faculty and students at the hospital, and be mentored by medical students and tutors who have mastered the basic science coursework of the MD program
- Ability to determine early in your studies if medicine is the right choice for you
Applicants should complete the online application and include their school transcripts for review by the Assistant Director of Admissions for the 5-Year combined program.
Students with Non-English transcripts may be asked to have their credentials evaluated by World Education Services (WES), an accredited member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Once your academic credentials have been received, a decision on your application for admission can be made. Accepted applicants whose previous academic work is determined to be equivalent to courses in the Pre-Medical curriculum will be granted credit for those courses and exempted from taking courses that cover topics and disciplines the student has mastered.
Applicants for admission to the 5-year combined program may apply to start in January, May or September of any given year. Each term is approximately 15 weeks in length.
Class Size and Deferred Admissions
Class size is presently limited to no more than 25 students. Once a class is filled, applicants seeking admission to that class may be deferred to the next Term. For this reason it is recommended that interested persons apply for admission as early as possible.