Trinity University School of Medicine,

Email from Princeton Review
Many students and parents who signed up for Princeton Review emails were surprised to hear of this unique opportunity in a regular mass emailing, with the title “A New Boutique Medical School for 2008 and 2009 Applicants”. I could not easily find the medical school by searching on the Princeton Review website. This is not surprising, since the school will not open until September 2008 - it is brand new. The email did furnish a link to receive more information.

Good Publicity for the School
Here are some extracts from the email:

We’d like to introduce you to a new medical school opening its doors in September 2008 on the beautiful island of St. Vincent. Trinity University School of Medicine is a boutique medical school that is designed to appeal to the most discriminating candidates for admission.

Touted as “the premier international medical school training highly qualified and successful practitioners to meet the escalating need for physicians in North America,” Trinity is expected to quickly gain recognition among its peers.

Publicity for St Vincent and the Grenadines
Princeton Review mildly presented standard information about St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which in our opinion failed to give enough credit to the islands’ dramatic beauty and fascinating culture. Barbados gets a mention too.

The island of St. Vincent is located in the Lesser Antilles and its government (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) is a member of the Commonwealth of Great Britain. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is situated in the Eastern Caribbean at the southern end of the Windward Islands chain. It is an archipelago of islands, St. Vincent being the largest, with the smaller Grenadines comprising Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent and a number of small islets. The topography is quite mountainous. Neighboring islands include Barbados, St. Lucia, and Grenada.”

For a medical student in a grueling course of study, a true picture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines would be way too distracting!

Feedback from a Blog in the US
Many wonder what a “boutique medical school” could be! Prospective students are, of course, concerned about accreditation, but the school’s “distinctive characteristics” web site sounds more reassuring.

Good for St. Vincent and the Grenadines
We have great hopes for this new medical school’s effect on the economy and quality of life in St. Vincent, impacting employment, technology, medical funding and tourism. Our very best wishes to all faculty, staff and prospective students.

Update: Here is the St. Vincent and the Grenadines webpage for the Trinity University School of Medicine.

“Beyond the important academic and training benefits of Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, St. Vincent is one of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean. The locals provide a warm and friendly environment and are proud to be in partnership with this enterprise – serving as staff members, vendors, landlords, and faculty (clinicians and practitioners).

The island is located in the Lesser Antilles and its government (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) is a member of the Commonwealth of Great Britain. As part of the country – neighboring islands such as Mustique, Canouan and Bequia – are well known as major tourist destinations. “