2) Finding the Right Medical School and Applying
With the MCAT out of the way, prospective students start searching for the medical schools that will launch their careers. Students should consider several factors when picking a medical school, including admissions requirements, accreditation, curriculum, and unique advantages. Below are some of the many reasons learners choose Trinity at this stage in their journeys.
Consider Admissions Requirements
While Trinity requires your MCAT score as part of the overall admission requirements, that score alone is not the sole determining factor in whether you’ll be admitted to medical school. Trinity also considers factors like:
- Relevant work experience
- Letters of recommendation
- Strategic extracurriculars
- Intangibles like drive, focus, and dedication
The fact is the MCAT score is useful in diagnosing how well a student learned and retained information in their pre-med endeavors; we feel it’s not a predictive tool for student success. It’s used as an ever-changing barrier to entry, allowing top test performers to move on to the next round of admissions and leaving many qualified applicants out in the cold, in the middle of a physician shortage.
Choose an Accredited School
Trinity School of Medicine is a fully accredited medical school, we predominantly train students from both the United States and Canada. These students generally intend to return to their home country of residency, where they begin clinical practice after graduation.
As such, it's important that graduates can return to their home countries and practice medicine. Many graduates are helping fix the physician shortage in areas across the country.
Trinity earns accreditation from the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). This is the highest level of accreditation available, which makes Trinity stand apart from other schools on the islands.
Trinity is fully accredited without conditions by CAAM-HP. The standards used by CAAM-HP are equal to the US Department of Education and the accreditation is recognized at a standard comparable to United States medical schools, as governed by the LCME. Trinity remains classified as one of the top accredited schools in the Caribbean region, allowing graduates to pursue medical practice worldwide.
Under the 2024 Rule of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), medical students applying for ECFMG certification to enter the U.S. residency match must have attended a school accredited under standards recognized as equivalent to the standards for the U.S. medical schools. Trinity meets this definition and our graduates continue a long history of residency success.
Learn About Each School's Curriculum
Medical students at all accredited schools have the same objectives and learning goals. However, how each school goes about achieving those goals varies widely. Learning about Trinity's curriculum can help you determine if the school is right for you.
Trinity maintains a long standing partnership with the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, which is just minutes away from campus. Through this partnership, students begin hands-on learning and clinical practice in their very first term. Students have the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom, reinforcing the critical understanding of required skills and patient rapport.
During Trinity's' third and fourth years, students finish clerkships on our U.S.-based clinical campuses in Baltimore, Maryland, or Warner Robins, Georgia. Trinity's distinguished clerkship program sets us apart from all other international schools, as all Trinity students have their clerkships scheduled by Trinity without having a wait list or any gaps between rotations. Students stay together through their clerkships and complete all of their core rotations in one place, removing the stress of having to relocate to a new facility every few weeks, allowing students the advantage of making connections and becoming part of the medical community.
Learn From World-Class Physicians and Researchers
Experienced U.S. medical educators lead Trinity and our board. The knowledge and dedication they have to the successful delivery of the highest quality medical education is driven by this experience, it's what shapes the foundation of Trinity. With this solid foundation comes a strong network of colleagues and opportunities that are available to Trinity students and graduates.
As an integral part of Trinity's medical program, students have numerous opportunities to get involved with research. Students can partner with professors on research projects currently underway or seek mentorships from faculty while designing their projects. Students who see interesting cases during the early clinical exposure at Milton Cato Hospital in Saint Vincent may have the opportunity to write-up and publish case reports.
During the third and fourth years, students have the opportunity to partner with preceptors on research projects and case reports or complete an elective research rotation.
Students and professors come together through The Trinity Think Tank, a student-run organization that offers peer advising and helps inspire students to engage in research and scholarly activities. Think Tank meetings allow students to break into focus groups based on their specialty of interest and work together to design and complete research projects. Peer mentors offer assistance on topics related to research, journal publication, poster presentation, statistical analysis, and medical conference attendance.
Think About Each School's Unique Advantages
Every medical school offers unique experiences and advantages for its students. At Trinity, we are proud to offer experienced U.S. leadership, an unmatched location, personal student support, and small class sizes, just to name a few benefits.
Life as a Caribbean Medical Student
Trinity is located on the beautiful St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This location offers all the sun and sand you expect from the Caribbean, without being in the active hurricane region.The school itself offers gorgeous views of neighboring islands.
Traveling to and around the island is simple. Students can fly non-stop directly to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Toronto, Miami, or New York. The campus is within a few short miles of the airport, Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and Downtown Kingston.
Some of the main features of our campus include:
- Fully furnished residence halls and apartments
- Lecture halls including a 200-seat space and two 80-seat spaces, all accommodated with contemporary technology to help you make the most of your learning experience at Trinity
- 24/7 Library and study hall
- Student health clinic
- 24-hour security for onsite student housing along with off-campus apartment residences
- State-of-the-art anatomy lab - utilizing plastination displays in addition to cadavers
- Laboratory, general-purpose classrooms, and break out rooms for small group learning sessions that include research projects
- Administrative, faculty and student support services with team offices
- Trinity offers students an on-campus cafeteria, newly renovated gym, volleyball and basketball court
Small Class Sizes and Direct Contact With Professors
In some medical schools, students sit in large lecture halls with hundreds of classmates. Their professors may never learn their names, much less anything about each student. At Trinity, we believe that students learn best when they are in smaller classes and have unlimited access to communicating with professors. That's why we maintain a small student-faculty ratio of just 10-to-1.
Trinity remains dedicated in offering smaller class sizes, where students always have easy access to each of their professors. It’s common practice for our professors to know the name of each student. We look at it as being in a small pond, where you get the personal attention you need.
Applying to a Caribbean Medical School
Once learners know where they want to attend medical school, they can start sending applications. Trinity School of Medicine offers three program entry points each year: January, May, and September.
We utilize a rolling admissions process to give every applicant an individual evaluation on their own merits. While prospective students can apply at any time, we encourage applicants to submit all materials for consideration 2 to 4 months before they wish to begin classes.
How to Apply to Trinity
We’ve made applying to Trinity as simple as possible. Applicants can fill out our online application or submit a current AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS or OMSAS Application Report as a PDF. After applying each applicant is assigned a personal admissions counselor to help guide and assist throughout the application process. Within in the week after Trinity receives all application materials for a candidate, we will contact the candidate to schedule an interview.
We always schedule our applicant interviews at the beginning of the admissions process rather than towards the end – this allows us to learn the story of you as a complete candidate and not just scores and grades.
Applicants have several options for interview locations. Trinity admission directors travel throughout the U.S. and Canada each month conducting in person interviews. Applicants can also interview on campus here at St. Vincent and the Grenadines or at one of our U.S. or Canadian admission offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Tacoma, Washington; Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; or Toronto, Ontario. If none of these options work, we can arrange a virtual interview via Zoom.