An accredited medical school refers to an educational institution that has met specific standards of quality and excellence set by recognized accrediting bodies. At Trinity Medical School in the Caribbean, being an accredited institution signifies our commitment to providing a comprehensive and rigorous medical education. Accreditation ensures that our curriculum, faculty qualifications, resources, and student outcomes meet or exceed the established benchmarks for medical education. It validates the credibility and integrity of our institution, allowing our graduates to pursue licensure and practice medicine with confidence.
Trinity’s accreditation by CAAM-HP, the primary accrediting authority for Caribbean medical schools, enables our graduates to participate in the residency match processes in the United States and Canada, as well as apply for residencies and licensure in both countries. Trinity graduates also practice in a number of foreign countries. We are proud to have alumni throughout the world living their dream of practicing medicine in their hometown communities. With a degree from Trinity, you’ll have a world of possibilities at your fingertips.
CAAM-HP accreditation is based on that of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) which governs medical schools in the United States. By virtue of our CAAM-HP accreditation, we are also recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and listed in their World Directory of Medical Schools.
The accreditation system used by the CAAM-HP is based on that of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). This system functions with a clear, authoritative mandate, operates independently of governments and institutions, uses preset standards, draws on external reviewers and involves self-evaluation and site visits.
The Authority has the objectives of:
Maintaining the confidence of the peoples of the region in the quality of medical and other health professions training offered.
Attending a CAAM-HP (Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions) accredited medical school offers significant advantages. These include:
Our accreditation and recognitions include the following:
This listing in FAIMER/IMED and the assignment of a code provide the sanction for Trinity students to register for and take the USMLE Steps 1, Step 2 and Step 3 examinations. Students who successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and otherwise meet the requirements for graduation from Trinity, are then authorized by the ECFMG to register for and participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) as well as the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).
Trinity School of Medicine is listed as a Designated Educational Institution by the government of Canada (code ZUCF). Its citizens may obtain Canada Student Loans (federal and provincial) to cover the cost of attending Trinity.
Finally, Trinity School of Medicine is compliant with the Education Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) 2024 Rule dictating that all international medical graduates be required to have graduated from a school that has been appropriately accredited.
The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has granted Trinity School of Medicine a charter to operate the medical school with special access to Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and a number of government-sponsored clinics with the right to confer the degree of Doctor of Medicine after the successful completion of the prescribed accredited curriculum (10 terms). This charter allows our institution to engage in all necessary and appropriate activities which are incidental to the operation of a medical school.
These tests are recognized standards for assessing a student’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles as well as to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. The sequence is as follows:
USMLE Step 1 – Must be taken and passed within three attempts prior to entering the clinical clerkships.
USMLE Step 2 – Clinical Knowledge (CK) – taken after completing most of the required or in an early elective.
USMLE Step 3 – Can be taken prior to or after residency. We recommend that it is taken prior to a second residency application.
ECFMG Certification – Trinity School of Medicine students are eligible for ECFMG certification to sit for USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3 and they may be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to register for and participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) upon meeting the ECFMG requirements.
No, not all Caribbean medical schools are accredited, as it’s important to note that accreditation varies among institutions. Prospective students should research and verify the accreditation status of Caribbean medical schools they are considering. Look for accreditation from reputable accrediting bodies such as CAAM-HP (Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions) or other recognized regional or national accrediting organizations, such as those listed above.
Accreditation signifies that Trinity Medical School has undergone a comprehensive evaluation process to ensure that it meets established standards for medical education. It assures students, faculty, and the public that the school operates with integrity, provides a robust curriculum, and maintains qualified faculty members.
Trinity Medical School is committed to upholding medical school accreditation standards. It undergoes regular evaluations and self-assessments to ensure compliance with the accrediting body’s requirements. The school continuously improves its curriculum, faculty qualifications, and educational resources to maintain the high standards set by the accrediting organization.
Trinity Medical School’s accreditation status can be verified by checking the official website of each accrediting organization. Additionally, you can reach out to Trinity Medical School’s administration or admissions office for confirmation and further details about its accreditation.
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