Trinity School of Medicine
|Type||Private, Medical School|
|Chancellor||W. Douglas Skelton, MD|
|Dean||Linda Adkison, MS, PhD|
Trinity School of Medicine (TSOM) is an offshore private medical school located in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. It opened in 2008, as a fully accredited medical facility to respond to a shortage of physicians in the United States and Canada. It has headquarters in Roswell, Georgia and partners with Milton Cato Memorial Hospital located in Kingstown, Saint Vincent.
Programs are open to both Vincentians and foreign students. Scholarship and reduced tuition programs are available for training Vincentian doctors.
For students who have not attained the four-semester prerequisite courses for entrance to medical school, the school offers undergraduate programs. The Pre-Medical program provides students with the 90 credit hours of basic medical curriculum for those who have not attained applicable credits from foreign universities. Because criteria vary from nation to nation, students who have earned college level credit previously, are recommended to submit those credits for review to confirm their applicability to Trinity's academic requirements.
The medical school curriculum is based on the US four-year model, requiring 130 weeks of study. Trinity's program consists of five terms of basic science study followed by five terms of clinical core and elective clerkships. Students successfully completing the ten terms and passing the USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, and 2CS are awarded a doctor of medicine degree.
Because of Trinity's unique relationship with Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, for which Trinity pays an annual fee for the right to collaborate and co-funds a pediatric surgeon for public-sector practice, students are able to begin participation in patient care in the first semester of medical school. In addition to providing care at Milton Cato Hospital, students support the health officers at the district clinics in Calliaqua, the Stubbs Polyclinic in Kingstown and at various health fairs on the island.
Trinity School of Medicine is actively engaged in local community service, ranging from healthcare outreach under the umbrella of the school through student activities groups (such as Trinity's AMSA and CaMSA chapters) reaching out to local children's homes or charity groups on their own accord. A longstanding relationship with the World Pediatric Project gives high performing 5th term students an opportunity to assist visiting physicians in the field, creating greater exposure to complex medical cases while giving them an opportunity to ask questions and network with prominent North American physicians.
The Trinity School of Medicine was chartered and licensed in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on 11 April 2008 and listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED), now the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS), effective 19 September 2008. By virtue of its listing in the WDMS, students graduating from Trinity are authorized to take part in the United States Medical Licensing Examination three-part examinations. Those who pass the examinations are eligible according to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates to register for and participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). In July 2015, Trinity School of Medicine received CAAM-HP accreditation. In September 2016, CAAM-HP of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was then recognized by the United States Department of Education's NCFMEA. This finding by the US Department of Education means Trinity School of Medicine is now eligible to apply to take part in the United States federal student loan program.
On March 19, 2015, St. Vincent & the Grenadines formally adopted CAAM-HP as their governing accrediting body for medical education, acceding authority previously held by the NAB. Through this legal decision, as the only CAAM-HP accredited school in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinity School of Medicine became the only accredited medical school in the country.
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