Trinity School of Medicine News Blog

Medical School, Rejection, the Right Fit, and Staying on Track for September

There are no guarentees. No matter how qualified you might be, how hard you work, and how tactically you apply, you might still not get into a US or Canadian medical school. Given how many doctors we know, as both faculty and alums, we are very well versed in the stomach-dropping panic at the thought of not getting in. Life is, of course, bigger than becoming a doctor, but then again, is it, really? For you? 

There are exceptions but, for most people, becoming a physician is not a job. It's a calling. It's a vocation that is often intextricably tied to personal aspirations, sense of identity, even a philosophical contemplating of the role of a person in a society. It's only natural to feel utterly heartbroken, panic stricken, and out of sorts if after all the planning, all the work, it just doesn't work out. 

You didn't get into medical school. So, now what do you do? 

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Trinity SOM Graduates Secure Residency Placements in the U.S. and Canada in 2016

In many parts of the world, March is a month of new beginnings. That premise certainly holds true in the world of medical students. Each March, the United States and Canada conduct a national residency match program that pairs fourth year and graduate medical students with residency training programs, a critical component to becoming licensed to practice.

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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Adrian Garcia, Trinity Class of 2012

Trinity School of Medicine has always prided itself on the strength and ambition of its students. So many of our 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 this. We have so much to offer, so it delights us when each and every qualified student decides to take the next step in their medical education with us, with Trinity.

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Trinity Celebrates its September 2015 White Coat Ceremony

On Saturday, September 5th, seventy-five MD students and twelve pre-medical students participated in the Trinity School of Medicine Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony. 

Dr. Douglas Skelton, chancellor and dean, presided over the ceremony of matriculants from Emory, Virginia Tech, Cal. State University, Xavier, U. Conn. U. Guelph, U. Western Ontario, and many other schools across the US and Canada, all selected for their passion for medicine and desire for an intimate, practical learning environment.

 

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More Than an MCAT Score? Trinity and Applicant Potential in 2016

More Than an MCAT Score: Uncovering an Applicant's Potential for 2016

The admissions processes for most U.S. medical schools places emphasis first and foremost on standardized test scores and grades. With 50,000 applicants vying for 20,000 seats each year, it’s no surprise that the attributes highly valued in health professionals are left out of consideration until the point where the applicant has made it past both the MCAT and GPA score filters successfully. 

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2015 Trinity Graduate Presents at American Surgical Society Meeting


2015 Trinity School of Medicine Graduate Dr. James Parker Presents at SAGES

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) held their annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee April 15th to 18th and 2015 Trinity School of Medicine graduate, Dr. James Parker, was on-site to present his poster on a case report, "Recurrent Volvulus Following Laparoscopic Ladd's Procedure" on which Dr. Parker is the second author.

 

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Trinity School of Medicine Celebrates Residency Match Success in 2015: New Programs, New States

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Succeed in Med School: Individualized Learning Plan On-Demand Webinar

Is an Individualized Learning Plan Right For You?

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Webinar: How to Succeed in Medical School with an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)

Is an Individualized Learning Plan right for you?

Find out in our informative Webinar when current Trinity School of Medicine students discuss their reasons for choosing the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) and how it has worked to their advantage.

To build a solid foundation and start your MD on the right foot, Trinity offers the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). Entering Trinity on an ILP, you begin with a reduced course load for your first two terms. With fewer initial courses you have additional time to master the subject matter of the basic sciences, reinforce study skills, develop test-taking proficiency, improve time management and adapt to your new environment in a Caribbean medical school.


ILP may be right for you if:

  • You've been out of school for a year or more

  • You were not a Pre-Medical or Sciences major

  • Your MCAT score or GPA falls outside of the U.S./Canadian medical schools acceptance range 


Live Webinar Featuring Trinity Students - February 18th at 7PM ET

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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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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!