Growing Outside the Classroom
Trinity’s holistic approach to admissions evaluates not just the transcript, but the whole person. Students are not just selected for their grades, but for their passion, drive, and humanitarian spirit. Simply put, we’ve found that these qualities enhance the medical student journey and make excellent future physicians. As a result, Trinity’s student activity groups tend to be more than networking opportunities and social hubs, but also philanthropic outlets where groups take part in service projects as their studies permit.
Trinity’s student government acts as a communication system between the students
and the administration. Regular meetings include updates on activities, opportunities, and challenges faced by the school and the student body.
The Society of Medicine and Surgery (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.
Although the group’s focus is enhancing these basic skills, they also have many outreach programs that benefit the community of St. Vincent. From volunteering with the Girl Guides of St. Vincent (emergency preparedness, first aid, etc.) to contributing to the Health Day Clinics for Calliquia Police Station, SMS could be an invaluable part of your student experience.
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.
The Canadian Medical Students Association (CaMSA) is a student-run organization at Trinity. CaMSA’s goal is to facilitate the transition from classes to residency for Canadian students. By providing a strong connection for Canadian students in various stages of their education, including alumni currently completing their residency training and practicing throughout Canada and the U.S., the organization is an excellent networking opportunity. This even includes multiple Skype information sessions per term with Canadian physicians and students in their clerkships, providing first-hand knowledge and answering questions regarding clerkships, residency, licensure, etc.
In addition to the academic support, CaMSA promotes the celebration of Canadian culture with other students and is involved in various fundraising activities to support the local community in St. Vincent. Some of the events throughout the year include celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, Canada Day, a road hockey tournament, and an annual Christmas toy drive for the local orphanage.
At the national level in the United States, The Christian Medical & Dental Associations®
(CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental
Association (CDA). At Trinity (where the members are exclusively medical students), the CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students. Activities include a welcome breakfast for students, weekly bible study, family-friendly movie nights after each Unified exam, and taking part in the school-wide volleyball tournament. Future plans include expanding activities to mission trips, additional placement services, healthcare ministry opportunities, and scholarships.
The Trinity Muslim Student Association is a faith-based organization that is committed to
serving both the Trinity community and the larger body of St. Vincent. The group welcomes anyone to meetings, social functions, and prayers regardless of faith. The group takes a very active role in supporting local children’s homes with financial support and direct service work.
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.
HOPE (Healthy Oriental Prevention Education) is a volunteer organization created for and by Trinity students in the second half of their medical education in Warner Robins, Georgia. This organization was founded with a purpose of educating students and the community on preventive medicine, and healthy choices and lifestyles. With a focus on anicent holistic medical practices, this club is perfect for those wanting to learn the value of natural herbs and plants and celebrate their properties in fun and unique ways.
Students come together to discover the natural beauty of St. Vincent. Whether you are an experienced diver or interested in becoming certified, diving in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is some of the best in the Caribbean.
This student-led service organization works in partnership with St. Benedict’s Orphanage in St. Vincent. Goals include enriching the lives of children through nurturing friendships through social activities, raising funds through bake sales, and collecting donations (monetary, clothing, nonperishables, etc.). St. Benedict’s Orphanage is a faith-based nonprofit located in an impoverished village solely reliant on the patronage of its volunteers and financial donations for its physically and emotionally disabled at-risk children.
The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) developed the nation’s first medical society-sponsored statewide volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in 2014 as a result of action that MAG’s House of Delegates took in 2013. The MAG MRC responds to declared emergencies in the state, including natural disasters and disease outbreaks. In this service organization, students participate in planned disaster simulations and learn more about what their role would be as trained medical professionals. The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is the leading advocate for physicians in the state. MAG’s mission is to enhance patient care and the health of the public by advancing the art and science of medicine and by representing physicians and patients in the policy-making process. MAG has more than 8,000 members, including physicians in every specialty and practice setting.
In addition to the clubs mentioned above, there are many clubs driven by the interest of the current student population. This means if there are no clubs that pique your interest, you have the opportunity to start your own!