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The Five-Year Doctor of Medicine Degree Program​

The 5-Year combined pre-medical and medical degree program was designed for students in countries outside the U.S. and Canada where higher secondary education (and the Higher Secondary Exam) immediately precede entry to professional degree programs.

Students who have completed a Higher Secondary Certificate in a Sciences stream including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are strong candidates for this program.

The three-term Pre-Medical and ten-term Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree programs, in combination, offer a comprehensive medical education and prepare students for postgraduate education in the U.S.


Students that have few or no college level credits may require more than 3 terms to complete the program depending upon the curriculum already achieved.  The program can also be extended to 4 terms or more for students who want or need more time to complete their studies.


Infographic representing life as a medical school student at Trinity

How is the Combined Program Structured?

Students who have earned college-level credit concurrently during the completion of secondary school or attained credits from undergraduate institutions are encouraged to apply to the Pre-Medical program as these credits will be considered in the admissions process. Most students entering Trinity School of Medicine’s Pre-Medical program directly from secondary school will require a minimum of 5 years to attain their MD degree. Students will generally attend three consecutive terms per year. The year-round format reduces the length of time required compared to other programs. Students may choose to take a term off between the programs and again in preparation for the Step 1 board exam, with faculty approval. The timeline below shows the entire Pre-Medical MD combination program in consecutive terms.

Timeline to your MD

Is acceptance into the MD or Doctor of Medicine program automatic if I pass my Pre-Medical courses?

Like any other undergraduate program, certain criteria must be met in order to be enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, including a sufficient grade point average in the core sciences. Students who successfully complete all requirements of the Pre-Medical year with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no more than three (3) grades lower than a B will be considered for promotion to Trinity School of Medicine’s Doctor of Medicine degree program.

Five Year Program Advantages

  • 2-3 terms of asynchronous learning completed online 
  • Instruction from, and interaction with, the MD faculty and students
  • Final term held on the Medical School campus
  • Testing and preparation beginning in the Pre-Medical program to better prepare you for a strong score on NBME and USMLE type exams
  • Earlier acclimation to the island, climate, faculty, and school, prior to the more demanding MD curriculum
  • Opportunities to shadow faculty and students at the hospital, and be mentored by medical students and tutors who have mastered the basic science coursework of the MD program
  • Ability to determine early in your studies if medicine is the right choice for you


Applicants should complete the online application and include their school transcripts for review by the Admissions Committee for the 5-Year combined program.

Students with Non-English transcripts must have their credentials evaluated by World Education Services (WES), an accredited member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

Accepted applicants whose previous academic work is determined to be equivalent to courses in the Pre-Medical curriculum may be granted credit for those courses and exempted from taking courses that cover topics and disciplines the student has mastered.

After acceptance into the program, applicants may petition for course exemption by supplying the syllabus for all courses for which credit is requested. Applicants

Enrollment Periods​

Applicants for admission to the 5-year combined program may apply to start in January, May or September of any given year. Each term is approximately 15 weeks in length.

Class Size and Deferred Admissions​

Once a class is filled, applicants seeking admission to that class may be deferred to the next term. For this reason it is recommended that interested persons apply for admission as early as possible.

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Students from India contact

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