Clinical Transition Term

Integrated Clinical Training

THE TRANSITION FROM BASIC SCIENCES TO CLINICAL ROTATIONS

Clinical Transition Term

The focus of Term 5, known as the clinical transition term, is the integration of clinical sciences into the program our students have already completed in their basic sciences curriculum in Terms 1-4. Our Integrated Systems Review sessions utilize materials provided by Kaplan for preparation for the USMLE Step 1 exam, taken prior to the beginning of clinical rotations. This includes the Kaplan Q-Banks, study material, and assessment sessions, which are led by leading physicians, clinicians, and scientists. At the conclusion of their integrative training, clinicians will orient students to clinical presentation, clinical assessment, and treatment plans so they are well-prepared to start rotations.


Trinity students have an exceptional array of resources available to them during Term 5. The Dr. W. Douglas Skelton Medical Education Center provides 7,000 square feet of study space, where clinical faculty and student study groups can freely embody our team approach to the rigors of USMLE Step 1 preparation and clinical skills demonstration. Students have access to the hospital, residency, and clinical staff from Houston Healthcare System as well as access to medical simulation labs at nearby Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC). These resources provide a truly unique clinical training environment among international medical schools.


During Term 5, students will also complete certifications for Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Blood Borne Pathogens (BBP), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which are required for all clinical rotations in the U.S. Additional clinical skills assessments include suture clinics, intubation clinics, phlebotomy, physical examination, and wound care assessments. Hospital onboarding procedures, background checks, drug screens, and other credentialing requirements are also completed during Term 5. 

"I wanted a small individualized medical school that would help work with me every step of the way and that's exactly what you get with Trinity."

Dr. Callie Kilpatrick

Program Highlights

  • Faculty-facilitated preparation through comprehensive reviews that integrate basic science concepts with clinical scenarios.
  • Multiple assessments and diagnostic tests administered to assess student readiness with positive correlations to USMLE Step 1 performance.
  • Completion and certification of Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Students also complete Borne Pathogens (BBP) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certification and recertification which are required for all clerkships in the U.S.
  • Reviewing and refreshing clinical skills is a primary focus through active learning opportunities and essential for preparation of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
  • Review of the undergraduate Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) demonstrating preparation for clinical training. This subset of the EPAs developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) focuses on the skills required to begin clerkships.
  • Students work closely with the clerkship coordinator to plan their 3rd year clerkship schedule.

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