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    *** Another Pirate & Joke of a School***

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    This is a Joke of a school, and prospective MDs should stay away from any medical school that is in The Caribbean if indeed started in the past year or under 5 years old.....no track record, just read ValueMD forum, and soon you will see that most of these "schools" open and close their doors pretty rapidly, so save your $$$ and don't waste your time !!!
    There are handfull of GOOD medical schools, in the Caribbean with over 20 years of track record.
    Think 10X, and read my past posts !

    At least 10 Caribbean schools/ Pirates opened and closed in the past 10 years, why risk 200K and 4 years of your life for nothing ! *** Stick with the top 5 Medical Programs ***.

    Cheers
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    One size does not fit all

    UHSA-DOC,
    Every program in the Caribbean was new at one point and as is true for new ventures, some will succeed and some will fail. And to your point, it is extremely important that prospective students do their research before deciding on a program. The Big Four schools have a great deal to offer, solid track records, successful alumni and hundreds if not thousands of students enrolled each year. And itís partly for this reason that Trinity is growing and thriving. Many students today are seeking out programs that offer more personalized attention from tight knit student communities that provide an ideal learning environment, an aspect that smaller, newer institutions are able to offer.
    Weíve accomplished a great deal since our first class commenced in 2008, from establishing a private student loan program to securing green rotations for students who will be returning to the US to begin clerkships next term. As our students hit milestones such as the upcoming USMLE Step 1, our track record will speak for itself. There is no reason why a new school canít also be a good school.

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    *** Another Pirate & Joke of a School*** NOT!

    Dear USHA-DOC,

    You seem pretty angry. Are you familiar with Trinity School of Medicine?

    As a student at Trinity, I feel defensive that you are being critical of my chosen school. All schools started somewhere, and your generalization and accusations that cast a dark cloud on Trinity are not appreciated.

    Trinity is an incredible school, and one that I am proud to say I attend. Let me share some of the great attributes about our school with you:

    1. It is new and hence not subject to concrete ways of thinking from years gone by. All of my professors have come with a remarkable CV and track record of success as professionals, educators and clinicians.

    2. Faculty, students and administration collaborate regularly as they strive to build an educational model of excellence. Students always have direct access to the people in charge, be they educators or administrators. We are a family!

    3. Class sizes are small and faculty are interested in helping their students succeed, both at Trinity and as exemplary physicians of the future. I can't imagine how one would ever get this kind of education in programs where medical school class sizes are in the hundreds, whether in North America or off shore.

    4. I can truly say that Trinity has some of the absolute best professors I have encountered in my lifetime of post-secondary education. I also believe that all medical students worldwide have to be prepared to go above and beyond what is "spoon-fed" if they want to become respected and accomplished physicians. The academic institution shouldn't have to accept full responsibility for students who don't or can't meet the grade.

    5. My clinical (in hospital) training began on my 3rd week of medical school. We began clinical medicine rotations at one of the few accredited teaching hospitals in the Caribbean, Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. Being able to appreciate the basic clinical sciences we learn about in class through direct patient exposure and experience definitely enhances our education. I am not aware that even students in Canadian or US medical schools have such early and rewarding learning opportunities.

    6. For those who might also read my response to you, I want to boast about the blessing we have received to be able to spend two years on the island and amidst the people of St. Vincent. Not only is the weather tremendous year-round, but Vincentians are loving, kind and caring people. We are treated very specially while in St. Vincent, and it's a great joy to be able to do whatever I can to give back to them for their generous acceptance of us. Citizens worldwide could learn what happiness really means from the people of St. Vincent.

    I could probably go on further, but I've covered aspects of Trinity School of Medicine that I feel are most pertinent in countering your perspective on our school. I wish you every happiness and much success in the future.

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    doubt it

    I doubt it,
    The estbalished CARICOM Med programs, have a good rep with PDs & with ACGME hospitals.

    Any new program will fail to fly, as less residency spots and even worse less ACGME clinical rotations will be allocated to students.

    Many US medical school increase enrollments, & new ones open up in the US, leaving more caribbean students with far less clerkship spots.

    just look what is happending with AUA now. Students have to wait months before allowed to get into clerkship rotation.

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    I heard there was a lot of crime on St. Vincents and that was the reason why SGU brought their students back to Grenada. Also, I heard that Trinity is started by a group of profs who didn't want to leave St. Vincent to go back and teach SGU students in Grenada. IS this true?

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    Here is an article I found somewhere online a while ago.Yes St.Vincent and the Grenadines did have a crime problem when I was there.As of right now,I do not know what changes have been implemented in terms of safety.

    Some of the professors used to be with SGU,but why they left is unclear.I think if you are in St.Vincent,then you should ask them in person,rather than in this forum.

    My pharmacology professor from 5th and 6th term at SGU is currently with Trinity,or so I believe.I liked his handouts,and his lectures were good.
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    I must say the information posted sounds rehearsed or posted by a potential faculty/staff member here. Trinity's biggest drawback is that the faculty does not respect its students. Perfect example, I left the school and the faculty told inquiring students about my academic performance. If that is not a breach of privacy, I don't know that is. I must have learned of several students' academic standing when I was still attending the school. I am confident every student at Trinity will confirm these remarks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmdnce View Post
    I must say the information posted sounds rehearsed or posted by a potential faculty/staff member here. Trinity's biggest drawback is that the faculty does not respect its students. Perfect example, I left the school and the faculty told inquiring students about my academic performance. If that is not a breach of privacy, I don't know that is. I must have learned of several students' academic standing when I was still attending the school. I am confident every student at Trinity will confirm these remarks.
    Dear fmdnce,

    I am sorry that you had such an experience - I am sure it was frustrating to say the least. However, I would like to say that as a Trinity student I have never experienced or heard about such a breach of privacy (since you might ask, I am in second term) - in fact I feel confident that my academic status is kept confidential. Trinity is a rapidly evolving institution and I am personally very impressed by the accomplishments the school has achieved during my time here. I am very proud to be a Trinity student.

    On a related note: some of my classmates have already posted their thoughts about the school (I know them personally - they are not faculty) and I plan on following suit in the near future (right now I am preparing for the upcoming NBME Subject Examinations and am really busy). If anyone (prospective students especially) have any questions questions that they genuinely want answered about life at Trinity or anything else a current student can answer, feel free to post them and I (or another student who reads your post) will do our best to answer your question. Since we are all pretty busy studying however (after all, we are in med school), please be a little patient if we do not get back to you immediately.

    All the best,

    atrinitystudent

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    And yet another thread where UHSADOC strikes.

    I love the proclamation laid out. "JOKE/PIRATE OF A SCHOOL".

    Consider the folly of UHSADOC. He knows nothing of this school, who runs it, what their mission is, or what their medical education experience is.

    Yet----he "knows" that it is a joke of a school----without knowing a single thing about said school.

    Again, and I will drive this point home until it sinks into one mind. UHSADOC's motives are questionable. He attacks schools with little knowledge of their program or their efforts to become established.

    It is actions such as those that should make anyone reading his posts question his edicts. I would wager he knows very little but instead is motivated to drive potential applicants away.

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    you were warned. attend at your own risk. for a small school, they really dont about their students. you want to bank on your medical school education? i dare you to attend this school. i dare you.

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