Clinical Sciences Program

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Clinical Sciences Program

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Trinity’s clinical sciences program, which encompasses Terms 5 through 10, provides students with an immersion into clinical medicine in both hospital and physician practice settings. This portion of students’ clinical education is provided in partnership with the Houston Healthcare system in central Georgia. Houston facilities include two fully accredited acute care medical facilities, Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital, as well as the Houston Healthcare Pavilion in Warner Robins, Georgia. The Houston Healthcare Pavilion houses the Dr. W. Douglas Skelton Medical Education Center, where the residency program resides along with physician offices, conference rooms, and training facilities for medical students. Here, Trinity students preparing for and engaged in clerkships benefit from a dedicated learning center, complete with access to clinical tutorials and individual and group study spaces. Trinity clinical students also have access to an additional learning center located on hospital grounds, which is exclusive to Trinity students. This space was designed for students to have a place to take a break between rotations, study in private rooms, meet with colleagues, or even take a shower. 

 

Trinity provides students the kind of clinical experience you would expect from a U.S. medical school. All rotations are scheduled by a Trinity clerkship administrator. Students rotate on an often 1:1 preceptor-to-student ratio and can complete their full 48 weeks of core rotations in one location at our affiliated hospitals and clinics – no moving around from city to city, no waiting for rotations slots to open and no gaps between rotations. This is a huge benefit for both quality of life and cost of living. Trinity also offers a wide range of away electives in many different specialties in programs located  across the country. 

Clinical Sciences Program Specifics

Program Requirements

  • 48 weeks of core clerkships, including:
    • 12 weeks of Internal Medicine
    • 12 weeks of Surgery
    • 6 weeks of Pediatric
    • 6 weeks of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • 6 weeks of Family Medicine
    • 6 weeks of Psychiatry
  • 27 weeks of elective clerkships – Away electives are available.
  • Upon successful completion of the required clerkships and exams, students will apply to the residency match cycle. 
  • Students from outside the U.S. and Canada may need to obtain certain visas in order to undertake all or a portion of the requisite clinical training in the U.S. Additionally, all students from outside the U.S. and Canada wishing to practice in the U.S. or Canada will need certain visas to take one or more segments of the USMLE exams in the U.S.

Program Advantages

  • On-site leadership is an invaluable resource to students— in addition to assisting with preparing for the residency match, it helps them gain full advantage of the clinical experiences available to them in third and fourth year. 
  • Clerkships are arranged and scheduled by a Trinity clerkship administrator who works closely with students to plan their rotations.
  • Trinity selects only the most qualified teaching physicians with a passion for training the next generation of doctors. We maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio in all clerkships to ensure the best learning environment for students. Students often rotate at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Our students benefit greatly from the tight-knit student community and deep connections they make with faculty physicians, who can be very helpful through guidance and recommendations in the residency match process.

Defined Program Objectives

  • Students obtain clinical expertise in the basic sciences during 48 weeks of training in the 6 core clinical disciplines, preparing them for advanced training in their residencies.
  • Evaluation through various formats that assess each student’s capabilities to demonstrate problem-solving skills and professional conduct.
  • Fourth-year elective clerkships are strategically chosen to strengthen students’ residency applications and further broaden and sharpen their interests and skills.
  • Successful completion of this program helps students to be prepared for the residency match cycle.

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Dr. Sarah Seyffert

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Southeast Clinical Program | Warner Robins, GA

Located just 80 miles south of Atlanta, Warner Robins is an emerging hub of medical education, centered around Houston Healthcare (HHC). HHC has grown from a single community hospital in Warner Robins to an integrated healthcare system consisting of seven separate entities serving 300,000 people annually. Its two fully-accredited acute care medical facilities have a combined capacity of 282 beds.

 

Trinity has partnered with HHC in a long-term affiliation agreement, under which Trinity students will experience priority access to the clinical training resources at HHC and its affiliated physician network.

On-Site Clinical Director

Dr. Brielle Cartwright (née Marks) was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Albright College in 2011 as a political science major and soon decided to pursue a career in medicine. Dr. Cartwright ventured to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in January 2014. She graduated in June 2018 and started residency at the Coliseum Medical Center, Department of Behavioral Health. Now, as a Psychiatrist, she works hard to help her patients maintain their mental and emotional stability and provide an underserved population with the care they deserve.


In addition to being a graduate of Trinity, Dr. Cartwright also serves as Trinity’s Assistant Dean of Clinical Clerkships and Integrated Review Systems. In this role, Dr. Cartwright guides students through their clinical transition term by applying knowledge of the clinical sciences and translating that into patient care. She helps prepare students to begin their rotations through specialized training clinics in performing sutures, intubation, wound care, and more. 

 

As an advocate for improved access to quality healthcare in rural areas, Dr. Cartwright is passionate about the opportunities available to Trinity students in Warner Robins. When reflecting on her Trinity experience, she says “it’s a lifelong opportunity; not just a four-year investment.”

Core Clerkship Affiliated Teaching Hospitals

Houston Healthcare – Warner Robins, GA

Perry Hospital – Perry, GA

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