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Trinity School of Medicine Announces Curriculum Update, Fostering a New Level of Success in Caribbean Medical Education

Trinity School of Medicine is dedicated to creating new, higher standards in the quality and efficacy of its curriculum. The reasons for this are twofold: first, better doctors do more good, and second, we want to give our students the opportunity to become those better doctors. Our philosophy manifests in a number of ways throughout the school, from research in medical pedagogy to exciting announcements like this:

Effective Monday, May 9th, Trinity's ILP was adjusted to reflect a more finely balanced distribution of courses to have a greater impact on long-term student success. 

Trinity's new ILP folds students in with their standard track colleagues at term 3. You can click the image to be taken to an informational page and contact form or keep reading below to learn more.


 What is the ILP?

The Indivualized Learning Plan (ILP) is, in the words of former faculty member and current associate director of admissions, Dr. Guinevere Bell, "a program launched in 2013 to help (a segment of) students adapt to the rigor of medical school. ILP students take a reduced course load in the beginning, giving them a bit more time to adjust, but still allowing them to complete their MD degree in 4 years." 

Our students tend to agree. 

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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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Trinity SOM Kicks Off 2015 MD Admissions Interviews and Seminars

Secure An Interview to Start Your MD in 2015

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Results of the 2014 Match: U.S. and Caribbean Medical Schools

Recently, the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) hosted the algorithim-based process of aligning doctors with residency positions in the United States.  This competitive process, commonly known as "the Match," included over 52,000 applicants this year and amongst them were Trinity graduates from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. The 2014 participants were vying for post graduate education positions which resulted in 25,687 matched applicants to first year positions. 

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Emergency Shelters and Hospital Receive Donations from Trinity SOM

2/10/2014 - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines By Gloria Williams

Trinity School of Medicine has continued its on-going outreach programme to victims of the flooding disaster, heralded by the December 24th, 2013, weather trough system.   On Friday, 8th February, a team of officials from the school paid visits to two Emergency Shelters on the Leeward side of the island to distribute items of clothing and toiletries.  Medical supplies were also donated to the Chateaubelair Hospital.

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Video: New Dean's Goals for Caribbean Medical School

After achieving many milestones in 2012 including Trinity’s charter class graduation in June, and welcoming a very strong incoming class this September, Dean Skelton, is gearing up to guide Trinity School of Medicine into a thriving future.

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Trinity from an Applicants Perspective: Part Three

There is so much to be said about my trip to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines that perhaps I should author a short novel. But I’ll spare you the long-windedness -- since after all, you’re all busy Pre-Med’s or perhaps already Medical Students -- and simply address that which we are all curious about: the academics. 

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Mission Trip to Haiti Recap by Trinity School of Medicine Students

After being sponsored by Trinity School of Medicine to participate on the medical services team for the Carter Work Project with Habitat for Humanity International in Haiti, Senior Medicine Students Crystal Shaw and Sarah Theart discuss their experience and how it reinforced why they are pursuing their Doctor of Medicine degrees—to provide health care to the under-served, a common thread amongst many Trinity MD students.

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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!