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Trinity School of Medicine News Blog

New Ideas and Old Assumptions: the Hidden Costs of Federal Loans in Medical Education

 Last year, St. Vincent and the Grenadines received formal recognition from the US Department of Education’s NCFMEA as having medical education standards comparable to those of the LCME in the United States. This recognition allows medical schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that are accredited by CAAM-HP to apply for Title IV recognition and federal student loans for US citizens from the Department of Education.

As the only medical school accredited in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and qualified to obtain Title IV recognition, we are frequently asked by prospective and existing students about our federal loan status. We’re in the process of obtaining Title IV eligibility and believe we’ll gain this status in July of 2017. Securing this status doesn’t mean we’ll choose to offer federal graduate student loans. It's a complicated issue, and one we're happy to dive into.

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St. Vincent & the Grenadines opens New International Airport; Trinity Students Take Part in Major Safety Training

On Tuesday, February 14th, St. Vincent & the Grenadines officially opens Argyle International Airport, a multi-year project supported by local businesses, international investment, and the government of SVG. This is an exciting development for the island chain, signaling a future that has the culture, people, and economic interests of St. Vincent more connected to the international community of the Caribbean and the world at large. 

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Trinity School of Medicine January Whitecoat Ceremony

On Saturday, 7th January, 2017, Trinity School of Medicine's January incoming students donned their first white coats at a ceremony held at the school in Ratho Mill, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Dignitaries included Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and other community officials.The first rows look on as their fellow students move through the ceremony

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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 SMS and AMSA Groups Collaborate on Holiday Gift Drive for Vincentian Causes

As 2016 wrapped up, Trinity chapters for the Society of Medicine and Surgery (SMS) and the American Medical Students Association (AMSA), teamed up to bring joy to children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Presentations of funds and gifts were made at the school on Monday, 12th December, by representatives of the organizations, in the presence of Dean Adkinson and Dr. Frances Jack.

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Trinity School of Medicine's 2016: New Faces, New Achievements, New Goals

Calling 2016 a big year for Trinity School of Medicine is an understatement.

At the end of last year, we called 2015 "A Year in Service, with Another to Come." We were proud of our students, but that title was issued almost as a challenge. To nobody's surprise, Trinity's students rose to that challenge and surpassed it.

The following stories represents Trinity students taking part in several hundred acute and chronic care encounters, over two dozen 77 gallon shipping barrels' worth of supplies, and very specific, active outreach for orphaned children with HIV, AIDS, and developmental issues.

The continued outreach activities of our students, done on their own limited freetime while in the middle of medical school, should tell you precisely what sort of person is both attracted to Trinity School of Medicine and what sort of mindset we find it takes to become a physician the world needs. 

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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Clinton Ezekiel

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 a unique 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 fresh start. In this next edition of our alumni spotlight, meet Dr. Clinton Ezekiel, MD, USAF.  

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Trinity School of Medicine Students Combine Study Break and Outreach, Host Carnival at Children's Home

 Trinity School of Medicine's student group "Kid Companions" returned to the St. Benedict Day Nursery and Children's Home in Georgetown, St. Vincent at the end of November, continuing their service, this time, to host a carnival for the home's residents. 

Since it's founding in February of 2016, Kid Companions has made regular visits to St. Benedict Day Nursery and Children’s Home (the last being in early October). Each visit is organized to provide entertainment and support of a different kind, and includes activities like playing games, coloring, and painting. While Trinity's involved students are very busy with their own medical education, they still endeavor to add a new element of support, stability, and fun for the home's residents.

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The Season of Gratitude: Trinity School of Medicine and the World Pediatric Project

Trinity's ongoing partnership with the World Pediatric Project has lead to another successful trip to the Eastern Caribbean. The final mission of 2016 was recently conducted at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown earlier this month, this time bringing international experts to focus on advanced scoliosis treatment.

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Trinity School of Medicine Proudly Congratulates St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Receiving US Dept. of Education NCFMEA Approval

As the only CAAM-HP (Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other health Professions) accredited school in St. Vincent, Trinity School of Medicine is particularly excited to announce that CAAM-HP's standards in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have received formal approval from the US Department of Education's National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) on October 24th, 2016, joining only 23 other recognized countries

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