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Direct Entry to Med and Vet School: New Pathway Agreement Gives Trent Students the Advantage


Unique agreement between Trent University and St. George’s University in Grenada opens opportunities for future doctors and vets

Friday, December 15, 2017

For the aspiring doctor and veterinarian, Trent University has partnered with St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies to provide students with the unique opportunity to graduate from Trent and qualify for direct entry into St. George’s School of Medicine or School of Veterinary Medicine.

The first pathway of its kind with any institution in Ontario, the agreement between Trent University and St. George’s University provides future doctors and veterinarians with the opportunity to begin their journey to medical or veterinary school at Trent, where they’ll spend four years completing an undergraduate degree in the program of their choice as part of the new Medical Professional Stream (MPS). Upon graduation, students who meet the requirements of the pathway will travel to the oceanfront campus of St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies where they will qualify for direct entry into the University’s renowned schools of medicine and veterinary medicine. 

“Challenge the way you think – and in this case about entry into medical or veterinary school. North American and Caribbean Medical Schools are less interested in what students’ degree major is, successful entry relies on much more than top grades. This has led to Trent University’s unique MPS,” explains Dr. David A. Ellis, acting dean of Arts and Science, Science at Trent University, and coordinator of the MPS. “The offering is designed to ride alongside a four-year degree in any discipline. It strives to help students obtain required co-curricular and extracurricular breadth and depth through experiential learning and research while also engaging with our community. It also provides students with assistance in the often lengthy and arduous application process itself. These aspects of the MPS program have been recognized by St. George’s University. As a result, students who successfully complete the MPS will receive priority entry into their medical school or veterinary school.” 

"We are excited to welcome the best and brightest students that Trent University has to offer," said Dr. G. Richard Olds, president of St. George's University. "St. George's has a long and proud history of educating the next generation of leading physicians and veterinarians, and we are proud to partner with Trent to further that mission."

While studying at St. George’s, medical students will have the option to either spend their first two years studying in Grenada, or take advantage of the opportunity to complete their first year at Northumbria University in the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program in the UK, then travel to Grenada for their second year of study. For their final two years of the medical program, students will complete their clinical rotations at hospitals in the US, UK or in Canada. Many students have taken advantage of the affiliation St. George’s has with Vancouver General Hospital to complete an elective in Family Medicine or Psychiatry, adding to the more than 300 electives successfully completed by SGU students in hospitals throughout Canada in the past few years. Successful graduates of the St. George’s University medical school are qualified to write their US and Canadian license exams, and typically complete residencies in the US, Canada or the UK.

Students in the School of Veterinary Medicine will complete their first three years of study at St. George’s University, then spend their final clinical year at affiliated veterinary schools in the US, UK, Canada, Australia or Ireland. Successful graduates of the St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine are eligible to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam to become licensed to practice in either Canada or the US.

» Learn more about the new medical and veterinary school pathway between Trent University and St. George’s University. 

Originally posted: December 4, 2017

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

About St. George's University

St. George’s University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from over 140 countries to the island of Grenada, West Indies. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University has contributed over 18,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals who are practicing across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities.

» More information about St. George's University 



Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or

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