Trinity School of Medicine Graduates Eligible for California Residencies and Licenses as of Jan 1, 2020

For the state of California to recognize the work achieved by the medical schools that already meet the 2023 standards by allowing them to be approved in 2020 is very gratifying.

California governor Jerry Brown signed California SB-798 into law on October 13th, 2017. This legislation repeals a law mandating the Medical Board of California’s independent evaluation process effective January 1, 2020, provided schools meet other extant accreditation and quality standards. Trinity School of Medicine currently meets or exceeds each of California’s new requirements to be deemed approved by the medical board.

Trinity School of Medicine is accredited by CAAM-HP, one of the recognized accrediting bodies of the ECFMG and WFME. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is approved by the NCFMEA arm of the US Department of Education as having accrediting standards for medical schools that are equivalent to the LCME standards of the United States. St. Vincent and the Grenadines adopted the CAAM-HP accrediting standards for all accredited medical schools several years ago. Currently, Trinity School of Medicine is the only accredited medical school in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

As such, on January 1, 2020, Trinity School of Medicine graduates can match into California residencies as well as apply for medical licensure in California. Since we qualify for the 2020 standards, it is no longer necessary for Trinity to be independently approved by the MBC. Until this announcement, the school was in the process of moving forward with its approval process in California.

Steve Wilson, president of Trinity, said, “We have celebrated each success as Trinity grows in recognition and reputation around the world as an institution dedicated to the quality of its education and the strength and character of its students. For the state of California to recognize the work achieved by the medical schools that already meet the 2023 standards by allowing them to be approved in 2020 is very gratifying.” He continued, “What pleases us even more is that this new legislation will qualify our graduates for residency and state licensure in California going forward. As we remain committed to our goal of “study here, practice anywhere”, we do so with renewed confidence, energy, and excitement for what this means for our graduates, and the ever growing opportunities we can provide.”

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