Trent’s Medical Professional Stream is a unique co-curricular program designed for students striving to pursue a professional medical program such as dentistry, medicine, veterinary or pharmacy upon graduating from Trent with an undergraduate degree.
This stream is designed to give you a unique advantage by providing you with non-academic supports that will best prepare you to pursue a professional medical program after completing your undergraduate degree.
Through this stream, you will receive academic advising, MCAT prep, one-on-one mentorship, support for volunteer opportunities and guidance on preparing for examinations, applications and interviews.
As you participate in the MPS program, you will be simultaneously completing the academic requirements of your chosen degree program—from Anthropology to Environmental Geoscience to Mathematical Physics to Psychology.
Medical School Pathways & Partnerships
Trent University has partnered with St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies to provide you with the unique opportunity to earn the qualifications for entry into St. George’s University School of Medicine. It’s not only the chance to pursue your dream of becoming an M.D., but also an opportunity to take your studies abroad on the picturesque shores of Grenada, West Indies.
To help give aspiring doctors a clearer path to realizing their dreams, Trent University has created an international partnership with the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS), one of the foremost medical schools in the Caribbean, located on the beautiful island of St. Kitts.
When your dream is to become a doctor, it’s important to choose a medical school that gives you options. The partnership between Trent University and Trinity Medical Sciences University (TMSU) gives Medical Professional Stream students an edge in pursuing their Doctor of Medicine amongst the tranquil beaches of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and opportunities to train and complete residencies in the United States and Canada.
Medical Professional Stream for Indigenous Students
Indigenous students face many obstacles when pursuing post-secondary education, particularly in the healthcare industry. In 2016, Canadian medical schools surveyed indicated only 2.6% of newly-registered students were Indigenous.
To help bridge this gap, many medical schools in Canada offer designated spots for Indigenous students, but few schools offer programs that help these students achieve the minimum requirements necessary for a medical school application.
If you are (1) a high school student who dreams of pursuing medical school and (2) self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, Trent’s new pathway for Indigenous students within the Medical Professional Stream is for you. No other program will provide you with a clear and well-supported route to medical, dental, or veterinary school.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the Medical Professional Stream (MPS) a degree program?
The Medical Professional Stream (MPS) is a program that complements a student’s undergraduate degree; students are enrolled in the MPS while simultaneously completing their undergraduate degree. This program is not required to obtain an undergraduate degree; but rather is considered “in addition” to an undergraduate degree and non-academic in nature.
- Why choose the Medical Professional Stream?
The MPS is designed to assist students with co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that will support their pursuit of a professional medical program. Admission to professional medical schools is very competitive. Not only are applicants expected to have a solid academic profile with high grades and stellar MCAT scores (where applicable), the non-academic criteria distinguish successful applicants and are key to demonstrating their suitability to be a doctor. While a student’s undergraduate degree provides the academic foundation, the Medical Professional Stream provides the non-academic supports.
- What kind of supports can I expect to receive in the Medical Professional Stream?
The MPS is a 4-year program that will provide activities, programming and learning experiences that build year-over-year. Students will need to satisfy program requirements to continue each year.
A student in Year 1 can expect:
Regular meetings with a program representative;
Support for volunteer opportunities and research opportunities;
Autobiographic sketch building;
CPR and First Aid Training;
Speaker series from visiting scholars and medical professionals (including Trent alumni)
- What degree do I need to take if I want to enrol in the Medical Professional Stream?
Students can take any undergraduate degree at Trent while simultaneously completing the MPS (the Nursing program is not eligible). Choose a program of study that interests you the most, because students do best at what they enjoy! Consider also how your program of study would prepare you for other careers or educational paths.
For example, if you enrol in a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Chemistry or Biomedical Sciences or Bachelor of Art's Degree majoring in Sociology or English, you can also apply to participate in the MPS program.
- Can I do a joint major while enrolled in the Medical Professional Stream?
Yes, students can pursue any combination of joint (double) majors or a major/minor.
Trent’s unique joint major programs allow you to enhance your B.A. or B.Sc. degree by combining programs and courses from across the arts and the sciences, or from our professional programs to create a degree that's uniquely your own.
- What courses do I select if I am enrolled in the Medical Professional Stream?
If you are wanting to pursue a joint major, please make sure that your first-year course choices support this. You don't have to declare your major until the end of first year so you just need to be sure to look ahead in your planning so you are taking all the necessary first year courses to support your joint major choice.
While there are no specific courses required for the MPS, you will need to ensure that you are meeting your undergraduate degree requirements - both the general university requirements and your specific program requirements. The Trent University calendar outlines the university degree requirements which all Trent students must meet to qualify for graduation. For example, there is a limit to the number of first year courses which can be counted towards a degree. It is important to do a degree audit with an advisor to make sure you are aware of all of your requirements before your final year.
If you have chosen your major, please refer to the program requirements in the Academic Calendar so you can begin to plan for all the required 1000- level credits.
If you have not chosen a major, do some research on Trent‘s program offerings and consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.
In any degree, there are required courses and elective courses. The MPS can assist you with looking at the electives within your degree. No matter the degree you intend to graduate with, there will be courses that are considered prerequisites for getting into Medical school and/or courses that assist you in preparing for the MCAT, and/or courses that will provide you with depth and breadth in your studies, providing you with a well-rounded background.
- Do I have to declare my major before the Medical Professional Stream starts in September?
No. Students are expected to declare their major by the end of their first year (and further, you can always change your major during your time at Trent). Every student has to chose a major and take all of the required courses for that major, and meet the general University degree requirements.
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