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Undergraduate Credit Hours
A minimum of 90 credit hours (or equivalent) and the completion of the courses below are required prior to matriculation.
- Biology with Lab – one academic year with laboratory experience; advanced placement credits.
- General/Inorganic Chemistry with Lab – one academic year.
- Organic Chemistry with Lab – one academic year; a semester of biochemistry (with or without lab) may substitute for the 2nd semester of organic chemistry.
- Mathematics – one semester of college-level mathematics, calculus, or statistics highly recommended.
- English – any non-science courses that involve expository writing will satisfy this requirement.
While physics is not a requirement, to be well-prepared, students are encouraged to seek courses that provide a foundational understanding of fluids, gases, and pressure variations.
Pre-requisite courses should be completed no more than five years prior to the date of application. Pre-requisite courses taken more than five years prior to the date of application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Medical College Admissions Test scores are required for U.S. and Canadian applicants (and strongly encouraged for all applicants). Scores must be from exams taken within the past four years.
MCAT results can be released to the admissions department directly from the AAMC website.
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Application and Supporting Documentation
The following items must be provided for admissions consideration:
- Completed Application for Admission – Applicants may submit Trinity School of Medicine’s Online Application or a current and processed AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS, or OMSAS Application in PDF form. Visit the Admissions Process page for more details.
- Application fee of $50 (U.S.)
- Letter(s) of Recommendation – Must come directly from the letter writer. Recommended sources are your university pre-health advising office, professors, physicians, or supervisors who are not family members and who can confirm the applicant’s academic ability and/or provide evidence of positive character traits. This requirement may be satisfied with one packet by a combined committee or with two separate letters, one of which must be from an academic source.
- Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended — undergraduate colleges, graduate and/or professional programs attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable to initiate the admissions process. Prior to matriculation, official transcripts from each institution must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions from the issuing institution.
KEY SKILLS & COMPETENCIES
Technical Requirements and Standards
The Trinity School of Medicine has developed technical standards to assist in determining whether applicants for admission or candidates seeking the Doctor of Medicine degree are qualified to pursue a career in medicine. This section contains the technical standards of the School of Medicine. The technical standards are based on guidelines produced by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). All applicants who reach the interview stage will be required to read the Technical Standards and to sign a copy to indicate that they understand its contents. The signed form is kept as part of the record of all matriculating students.
Medicine is a physically and mentally demanding profession in which practitioners are asked to place the interests of their patients above their own. It requires a commitment to a life of service and dedication to continuous learning. The rigorous four-year medical school curriculum is where candidates begin to develop the qualities necessary for the practice of medicine. It is during this period of medical education that the candidate acquires the foundation of knowledge, attitude, skills, and behaviors that he or she will need throughout his or her professional career. During this period, it is critical for the School of Medicine to evaluate whether the candidate is qualified to receive a Doctor of Medicine degree. The School of Medicine has a responsibility to society to train physicians competent to care for their patients with critical judgment, broadly based knowledge, and well-honed technical skills. The abilities that physicians must possess to practice safely are reflected in the technical standards that follow.
Thus, applicants and students must be able to meet these standards, with or without accommodations, and successfully complete all identified requirements to be admitted to the School of Medicine, to progress through the curriculum, and ultimately, to receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Requests for reasonable accommodations are reviewed individually, on a case-by-case basis, with complete and careful consideration of all the skills, attitudes, and attributes of each candidate to determine whether there are any reasonable accommodations or available options that would permit the candidate to satisfy the standards. Accommodation is not reasonable if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of self and/or others, if making it requires a substantial modification in an essential element of the curriculum, if it lowers academic standards, or if it poses an undue administrative or financial burden. Except in rare circumstances, the use by the candidate of a third party (e.g., an intermediary) to perform any of the functions described in the Technical Standards set forth above would constitute an unacceptable substantial modification.
Candidates must be able to observe and participate in experiments in the basic sciences, for example, physiologic and pharmacologic demonstrations, and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues. In order to make proper clinical decisions, candidates must be able to observe a patient accurately. Candidates must be able to acquire information from written documents, films, slides, or videos. Candidates must also be able to interpret X-ray and other graphic images, and digital or analog representations of physiologic phenomena, such as EKGs with or without the use of assistive devices. Thus, functional use of vision is necessary (close and at a distance).
Candidates must be able to communicate effectively, sensitively and quickly with patients and members of the health care team (must be able to speak, hear, read, and write). Candidates must be fluent in English. In emergency situations, candidates must be able to understand and convey information essential for the safe and effective care of patients in a clear, unambiguous, and concise fashion. In addition, candidates must have the ability to relay information to and receive information from patients in a caring and confidential manner.
Candidates must possess the motor skills necessary to perform palpation, percussion, auscultation and other diagnostic maneuvers. Motor skill demands require reasonable endurance, strength, and precision. Candidates should have sufficient motor function to be able to do basic laboratory tests (such as urinalysis or CBC), carry out diagnostic procedures (such as proctoscopy or paracentesis) and read EKGs and diagnostic images. A candidate should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of physicians are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, administration of intravenous medication, application of pressure to stop bleeding, opening of obstructed airways, suturing of simple wounds and performance of simple obstetrical maneuvers. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of senses of touch and vision.
Candidates need enhanced sensory skills, including accuracy within specific tolerances and functional use for laboratory, classroom, and clinical experiences. Students who are otherwise qualified but who have significant tactile sensory or productive disabilities must be evaluated medically. These disabilities include individuals who have been injured by significant burns, have sensory motor deficits, cicatrix formation, or malformation of upper extremities.
Candidates must have sufficient posture, balance, flexibility, mobility, strength, and endurance for standing, sitting and participating in laboratory, classroom, and clinical settings.
To effectively solve clinical problems, candidates must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, and synthesize in a timely fashion. In addition, they must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of others.
Candidates must possess the emotional health required for: 1) the full utilization of their intellectual abilities, 2) the exercise of good judgment needed for the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and 3) the development of effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of patients. The unpredictable needs of patients are at the heart of becoming a physician. Academic and clinical responsibilities of students must require their presence during day and evening hours, any day of the week. Students will be judged not only for their scholastic accomplishments, but also on their physical and emotional capacities to meet the full requirements of Trinity’s curriculum, and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners of medicine.
The following questions must be answered in the affirmative to meet the technical requirements:
- Is the candidate able to observe demonstrations and participate in experiments in the basic sciences?
- Is the candidate able to analyze, synthesize, extrapolate, solve problems, and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments?
- Does the candidate have sufficient use of the senses of vision and hearing, and the somatic sensation necessary to perform a physical examination?
- Can the candidate perform palpation, auscultation, and percussion?
- Can the candidate reasonably be expected to relate to patients and establish sensitive, professional relationships with patients?
- Can the candidate reasonably be expected to learn and perform routine laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures?
- Can the candidate reasonably be expected to communicate the results of the examination to the patient and to his colleagues with accuracy, clarity, and efficiency?
- Can the candidate reasonably be expected to perform routine invasive procedures as part of training using universal precautions without substantial risk of infection to patients?
- Can the candidate reasonably be expected to perform with precise, quick, and appropriate actions in emergency situations?
- Can the candidate reasonably be expected to display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of patients?
- Can the candidate reasonably be expected to possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the medical school curriculum and enter the independent practice of medicine?
- Can the candidate reasonably be expected to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior?
All applicants to Trinity Medical Sciences University will be required to attest to their ability to meet all technical requirements prior to review by the Admissions Committee. Advancing students from the Premedical Program must attest to the same.
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