Trinity School of Medicine News Blog

Trinity School of Medicine Student Groups Gather and Deliver Supplies for Three Facilities Serving Vulnerable Populations

Last week, president Daniel Khashchuk and vice president Brian Coffey of the Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA) visited three institutions around St. Vincent, each concerned with the care and welfare of the island nation's most vulnerable citizens, delivering material donated by a jointed effort between the CMDA and the Canadian Medical Student Association (CaMSA). 

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society was first stop.  Ms. Julia Simmons, speaking on behalf of the SVG Red Cross, lauded the effort of the Trinity student organizations.  “This is great and these students are true humanitarians. These donations [ed. linen, toiletries, food, water, medical supplies] are tools of survival that are often on the wrong end of necessary compromise for the people we serve.”  She said that items like water are given to preschools and daycare centers, as her organization strives fulfill its mandate of serving the most vulnerable first.

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Trinity School of Medicine Announces September 2017 Chancellor's Scholarship Recipient

Last week, first term student Eric Pierce was named Trinity School of Medicine's Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient for the September 2017 class.

For some context, the Chancellor's Scholarship is a merit based award open to select recipients of Trinity's Physician, Dean, and President awards. Candidates meeting the academic criteria are invited to write on a topic selected by the faculty. The winner's award ($2,000, $2,500, or $3,000 per term, depending on their initial scholarship), is increased to $5,000 per term. In total, this one scholarship covers nearly 40% of of Trinity's total tuition for the recipient.

We spoke with Eric and Dr. Skelton to discuss the selection process, the sense of responsibility that comes with winning, and what that means for Trinity students and faculty alike.

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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 Holds September 2017 White Coat Ceremony

This Saturday, September 2nd, Trinity's largest class to date formally became a part of the student body of Trinity School of Medicine at a ceremony held at the nearby Faith Temple Church. 

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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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Trinity School of Medicine Holds August 5th Term Ceremony

Last week, Trinity School of Medicine held its latest fifth term ceremony, sending 30 of its  students on to Baltimore, MD and the next phase of their medical education. 

The event was attended by families and friends of the departing students, all welcomed by student speaker Killian Harrelson. Harrelson noted the group's diversity, “Some of us came to medical school directly out of college; while others took some time off in between; and for others still, this is their second career." He reminisced about their passion upon arrival in a new country, to new people, and a new experience.  

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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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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!