More Than Just Volunteering
Medical service volunteering demonstrates a sense of commitment, builds trust in the community, and provides excellent hands-on experience for medical students. Engaging in service activities throughout medical school prepares the student for the many different cultural challenges they may face working in medicine, increases self-confidence, and provides a natural sense of accomplishment.
Trinity students have a truly unique opportunity to participate in the pediatric care mission of a remarkable organization, the World Pediatric Project (WPP). WPP serves at-risk children throughout the Caribbean region through its teams of volunteer physicians and a world-class operating facility in St. Vincent for specialty surgeries. Trinity students have the opportunity to serve in supporting roles in surgical cases and participate in care discussions with surgical teams.
In addition to the WPP, Trinity students have many other opportunities to serve and learn within the medical community.
This program allows the people of St. Vincent the opportunity to be seen by a number of volunteer specialists on a single day in a single location. Trinity students triage over 100+ patients a day at these scheduled events. Early patient interactions and exposure to clinical situations provide a great benefit to Trinity students and also provides the opportunity to give back to the community of St. Vincent.
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. The American Medical Student Association is committed to:
The AMSA Chapter at Trinity School of Medicine has a unique opportunity to serve and engage our community of students and St. Vincent residents. Through various events held throughout the term, they support St. Benedict’s Children’s Home, The World Pediatric Project, and other organizations.
SMS was established at Trinity in 2010. SMS gives students at Trinity School of Medicine an extra opportunity to learn essential clinical skills during their basic sciences curriculum. The group strives to give students an upper hand when entering into the extremely competitive clinical world.
The VSPCA continually works to develop the infrastructure for the protection and rehabilitation of animals in need, promote public awareness and understanding of the proper care of animals, and to strengthen the human and animal bond.
Regular activities include a charity chili cook-off each term, where profits from ticket sales go to hosting a student-run spaying and neutering clinic. Volunteers at each clinic are involved in public outreach, animal care, and often get an opportunity to practice suturing under supervision. The group also offers assistance with any stray animals. This can involve everything from education and pet food to finding the animal a permanent home.
Trinity students are given the valuable opportunity to participate in the Medical Association of Georgia Medical Reserve Corps, where they receive specialized training in responding to emergency and disaster situations.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was formed in 2014 by the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The MAG MRC responds to declared emergencies in the state, including natural disasters and disease outbreaks. The organization works to prepare medical responders for these unexpected emergency situations by running routine drills designed to make the deployment and staffing of mobile hospitals a quick and efficient process.