Med Students Join Visiting Cardiologists for WPP Experience at Trinity


Last month, the World Pediatric Project returned to St. Vincent to provide cardiology services to the Eastern Caribbean pediatric patient population. As is always the case, Trinity students were with them, lending a hand and gaining invaluable experience.

The visiting team was led by Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center pediatric cardiologist, Dr. William Moskowitz.  Dr. Moskowitz was supported by Dr. Moore, a cardiology resident. All in, they saw sixty-seven patients during their stay on St. Vincent.

The consultation session primarily was used to diagnosed new cases and followed up existing ones. While most WPP visits are surgical in nature, cardiology missions like Dr. Moskowitz’s are crucial in their non-surgical capacity as well.

Healthcare can be inaccessible for some people in more remote areas of the Caribbean. As a result, conditions that are sometimes regarded as relatively easy to prevent, like rheumatic fever, are a constant and chronic concern needing acute care.

Trinity students observing echo-cardiogram with the WPPThe consultations were divided into morning and afternoon sessions, in both cases, Trinity students were able to get up-close with the specialists as they worked with the patients and made any diagnoses and/or performed procedures.

Fifth term Trinity student Kwadwo Saka described his preparation as, “Basically, I focused on testing my clinical skills, the sort of history gathering we’ve been working on since last term.

I did a deep dive on the WPP as well.” Kwadwo’s colleague in 5th term, Jenny Ov, focused on applied knowledge, “My pathology was on point.

I wanted to be ready if the physicians asked me any questions.  Pediatrics is one of my top choices of specialty so I was really eager to attend the mission.”

As a point of institutional pride, this sort of partnership is only available at Trinity School of Medicine.