Trinity School of Medicine News Blog

Drew Muldowney

Recent Posts by Drew Muldowney:

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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Are You Waiting on a Maybe? Part 1: The Best Time to Succeed at Trinity School of Medicine

Trinity School of Medicine operates on a typical US four year medical school schedule with a key difference. Our students learn in 15-week trimesters (referred to as terms) with three "term 1" start opportunities: September, January, and May. Today, we're going to briefly dive into the advantages of that three-term schedule and help incoming applicants understand what their best option really is.

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Trinity School of Medicine Student and Alum Research Update

Trinity School of Medicine students are a very proactive bunch. While this blog typically covers their humanitarian and clinical work, we wanted to give a quick research update.

Today, we'll cover four of our current students who recently presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research.

After that, we'll fill you in on our alum Dr. Chris Saling, as he continues his streak of finding complex cases and turning them into a learning experience for himself and the medical community at large. His last visit to the Infectious Disease Society of America IDweek lead to a new delivery method for HIV medication. Read on to find out what he, and the students are up to in this research update.

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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Lynndsey Klenk and Dr. James Parker

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 true opportunity to live up to their potential. 

In this next special edition of our alumni spotlight, meet Dr. Lynndsey Klenk and Dr. James Parker, both Trinity graduates and residents in Macon, GA. Drs. Klenk and Parker are engaged, and actually participated in the NRMP's Couples Match program. 

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Hurricane Irma Update

In light of what has already been a difficult hurricane season for the Caribbean, the faculty, staff, and administration of Trinity School of Medicine would like to first make sure that the families and friends of our students know that we are safe and sound here in St. Vincent.

The island of St. Vincent lies between Grenada and Barbados, outside of Hurricane Alley, so while we do have tropical storms (including Harvey, which passed by in its relative “infancy,” as is typically the case), hurricanes typically do not “mature” in our neighborhood of the Caribbean.

That said, the devastation suffered by neighboring islands to the north is going to be long lasting. And as a medical school with a strong culture of outreach, we do want to offer some short term assistance. We are a small school, and there are limits to our available space, but we are opening our available housing to medical students in those impacted areas. For those of you who have transferred from affected schools and therefore have close friends in difficult situations, please contact the administration. While transportation may prove complex, we are opening available student housing for short-to-medium term shelter for affected students, irrespective of where they attend school. We also encourage our student groups to reach out to our communications staff, which can provide a signal and resource boost on any fundraising and outreach efforts they independently undertake.

The human cost of storms like Irma and Harvey are why many of us became, or are becoming, doctors in the first place. We are safe here, but there are others in need and we will continue to offer what aid we can, when we can.

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Trinity School of Medicine Releases Fall 2017 Admissions Interview Schedule

Trinity School of Medicine's fall interview schedule opens the door to students that sought matriculation in September of 2017 and didn't find the right school. It gives them the opportunity to thrive not just in our small (25 student) January class, but also launches those interested directly into May or even the subsequent September start dates. This is a critical time saver for students who wish to start their medical journey sooner rather than later, and don't want to roll the dice on an additional admission cycle in the US after waiting another year. Today, we're going to get into the whys and wherefores about how Trinity's process works, and why we might be the opportunity you've been looking for.

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Trinity School of Medicine Launches Coordinated Curriculum

We are excited to announce some substantial updates to the Trinity School of Medicine curriculum. These changes more directly align and integrate the courses to complement each other and improve student understanding and performance as they progress through their basic sciences.

First, some background. The Trinity School of Medicine curriculum committee is a group of department chairs, key faculty, the dean, and a representative of the Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA representative ensures that the perspective of students is taken into account, and ultimately has their final endorsement as changes are implemented. 

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Your Medical School Doesn't Matter. (Until It's the only thing that matters).

What follows is a look at what matters when it comes to securing a residency and how, while your school "doesn't matter," (we'll explain why in a bit), the learning environment cultivated by that school, and how it has specifically prepared you for a career in medicine, can be the single biggest factor in your success. 

First, here's some background. Year after year, the National Residency Match Program's (NRMP) residency director survey demonstrates that the school a candidate attended is such a low priority in their decision making process, it doesn't even crack the top twenty factors when considering an applicant for an interview invitation. 

On its surface, the NRMP survey implies that whatever medical school you choose to attend is irrelevant, as long as you absorb the material and can perform when evaluated on exams, in front of preceptors, etc., that's all that matters.

This is accurate, to a point, but fully grasping it requires critical self-awareness and an understanding of the bigger picture. Medical students don't thrive in a vacuum. They
 need a curriculum, faculty, support structure, living environment, extra-curricular opportunity, even a student body, that is shaped to help them succeed. A school doesn't just provide information, it should help students develop on a personal level into the sort of physician a residency director wants on their team and, ultimately, caring for their community.

Let's take a look at how that comes together at Trinity.

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Trinity School of Medicine Joins Top Tier Caribbean Medical Schools with Latest Accreditation Determination from CAAM-HP

Earlier this summer, Trinity took part in a scheduled accreditation reassessment by The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). For some background, CAAM-HP is the internationally recognized governing body of medical school accreditation in the Caribbean, with standards and practices modeled on the United States' Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which is the accrediting authority of US medical schools. The standards specifically used to evaluate Trinity are also recognized by the US Department of Education's NCFMEA as comparable to the LCME.

The accreditation agency determined that Trinity School of Medicine has been elevated to “Accredited with Conditions, 2017-2019,” the current highest level of determined status of all medical schools accredited by CAAM-HP. 

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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Katarzyna Jurecki

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 true opportunity to live up to their potential. In this next edition of our alumni spotlight, meet Dr. Katarzyna "Kat" Jurecki, Trinity graduate and attending physician at a private OB/GYN practice in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Carlson's Caribbean Adventure: A Trinity Student Blog

Want a direct student perspective? Read Moriah Carlson's blog about life on St. Vincent and her husband's time at Trinity!