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.

Value Domains

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. We are among the few who use patient cases with an intensive problem-based learning curriculum, which is the basis of our students' basic science education in years 1 and 2. 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. And the school is the one of the few 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.

The Medical School at a Glance

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine—a unique partnership between a public research university (Virginia Tech) and a private health care provider (Carilion Clinic)—is a fully accredited, private four-year medical school. The school is among the first of the new generation of medical schools in the United States.

• The school’s charter class entered in August 2010.
• Each class averages 42 students.
• The innovative curriculum is divided into four domains: basic science, clinical science, research, and interprofessionalism.
• Learning revolves around real patient cases studied by small groups of students under the guidance of facilitators.
• The school’s students have earned outstanding USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores.
• Students have access to superb clinical facilities at Carilion Clinic, with over 750 physicians representing more than 60 specialties.
• Students complete a research project of publishable quality before graduation.
• Each of the first four graduating classes achieved a 100 percent residency match rate.

Accreditation Status

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has a certificate to operate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and to offer degrees and programs of study leading to a degree in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has received initial accreditation at Level V from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, effective January 1, 2014.

Effective June 19, 2014, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) granted full accreditation for a term of five years to the medical education program leading to the MD degree at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.