A New Model for Medical Education
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine joins Virginia Tech’s world-class strength in basic sciences, bioinformatics, and engineering with Carilion Clinic's highly experienced medical staff and rich history in medical education to train the next generation of physician thought leaders.
A Unique Partnership
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine represents a new way forward in medical education. A unique, public-private partnership between a cutting-edge research university and a major health care institution, the school educates physician thought leaders through inquiry, research, and discovery.
A Dynamic Curriculum
An innovative learning culture is required to educate doctors who can adapt to the complex and ever-evolving medical landscape. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine employs an adult-learning model called patient-centered learning in its curriculum. This approach trains physicians to make patients the central focus, reduces the amount of passive learning, and includes real-life cases analyzed in facilitator-guided, small-group discussions. The school places an emphasis on acquisition, integration, and application of knowledge for lifelong learning, along with peer teaching, communication, and professionalism.
The school has four “value domains” that are interwoven throughout the four-year curriculum. These value domains—basic science, clinical science, research, and interprofessionalism—are addressed in each block, rotation, and clinical experience. They also drive our educational goals and objectives, ensuring a solid foundation in the basic and clinical sciences, the development of clinical skills, and experiences in every major clinical discipline. The value domains also allow graduates the flexibility of pursuing any career option in medicine.
A Patient-Centered Curriculum
With the patient as a central focus, the unique curriculum stresses the importance of research, quality, safety, evidence-based medicine, interdisciplinary and interprofessional teamwork, chronic disease management, wellness and prevention, and public health.
An Extraordinary Approach
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is no ordinary medical school. Only 15 percent of medical schools across the country employ a patient-centered learning curriculum. Our research program is longitudinal and integrated throughout the four years of study, with each student required to produce a research project of publishable caliber before graduation. Only 5 percent of medical schools nationwide offer research as a key curricular component. And the school is the only one in the country to thread interprofessional learning throughout the curriculum.
A Rigorous Experience
The school’s small class size—averaging just 42 students—enables ample individualized attention, intense student participation, and a rich educational experience. Our rigorous admissions process selects students with the talent, passion, and resilience to thrive in a challenging environment.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine graduates are highly sought after by residency programs and will go on to become physician thought leaders in their chosen fields of medicine.