Trinity School of Medicine News Blog

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 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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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Charles Gil Boland

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. Charles "Gil" Boland, Trinity graduate and chief anesthesia resident at Cook County HHS in Chicago, Illinois.

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Please Join Us in Congratulating the Trinity School of Medicine Class of 2017!

On June 10th, Trinity School of Medicine held its 2017 commencement ceremony at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. The class, along with 250 of their friends and family, were enthusiastically welcomed to the occasion by Trinity administrative and academic leadership and a variety of VIPs. The day included a key note address from president of graduate medical education for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Bruce Deighton, PhD and concluded as the new graduates took their Oath of Geneva. 

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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Sophie Waterman

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. Sophie Waterman, Trinity graduate and family medicine resident in British Columbia, Canada.

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Comparing U.S. and Caribbean Medical Schools: The Story of Two Brothers

Trinity School of Medicine has always prided itself on the strength and ambition of its students. In this next edition of our alumni spotlight, we've got something special in store for our readers: two brothers, Tyler and Drew Clare. They're close in age and ended up in medical school at virtually the same time. Today, both are ER residents. Drew went to Trinity School of Medicine, Tyler attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Today, we're going to look at how two doctors ran different races (one in the U.S., the other in the Caribbean) but, ultimately, ended up at the same successful finish line.

Meet Dr. Tyler Clare (left) and Dr. Drew Clare (right).
      

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Strategy and Residency Match: What You Need to Know

Last week, we published data that gave insight into this year's match for Trinity and its graduates. As a follow up, we're going to break down some of the complexities at play in the match itself, and give guidance to medical students, present and future, on how, and where, Trinity students go that extra mile and succeed.

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Trinity School of Medicine Celebrates Residency Match Success in 2017: New Programs, New States, and a Growing Reputation in Healthcare

Few days loom as large on a medical student's life like Match Day. For those who aren't aware, once a year, the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) releases all of the new residencies for the upcoming year, typically very soon after Canada's own CaRMS releases their match results. These days also coincide closely with graduation, which makes it a very exciting Spring.

While medical students transition from students to professionals at this point, the learning is far from over. Residency, lasting anywhere from 3-8 years, is where students are shaped by their specialization, and even at their completion, often leads students on to fellowships to further refine and specialize, depending on their interests and career goals. 

We're tremendously proud of each and every one of our soon-to-be graduates. So, without further ado: 

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International Medical Education in the Media: The Benefits and Necessities of International Medical Graduates

There has been a flurry of coverage on international medical education, lately. These pieces have painted an interesting picture of the sometimes under-noticed benefits to patients and hospitals as well as the pragmatic and necessary contributions to public health. We thought we'd weigh in on these and offer some of our own perspective.

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Trinity School of Medicine Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Amy Hernandez, Trinity Class of 2012

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. Amy Hernandez, psychiatry resident.

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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!