Video Gallery: The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Experience
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine represents a new approach to 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.
Inventing the Future of Medical Education
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine integrates Virginia Tech’s world-class research strength and Carilion Clinic’s experienced clinical staff and rich history in medical education to develop the next generation of physician thought leaders.
At the same time its curriculum provides an exemplary education in the basic and clinical sciences, the school transcends the traditional medical education model in several ways. Its patient-centered curriculum, for example, trains students to make patients their central focus. Rather than learning passively, they interact with clinic patients and analyze real-life cases in facilitator-guided, small-group discussions. Through this approach, students learn both the science of medicine and the art of caring for patients.
A Commitment to Diversity
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine sponsors many programs aimed at involving its students in the richly diverse community of Roanoke and its surrounding areas. Service learning, high school mentoring, and interactions with standardized patients all help build well-rounded future physicians.
The school also invites the community to become part of the medical school experience. Regular art exhibits, poetry contests and readings, and mini medical schools are just a few of the programs the medical school provides.
A Dedication to Interprofessionalism
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine emphasizes interprofessionalism throughout its curriculum. Medical students take classes with nursing, physician assistant, and allied health students, an experience that helps prepare them to thrive in multidisciplinary teams and to deliver high-quality care. The interprofessionalism program builds teamwork, communication, and conflict-resolution skills. In addition, the program helps students build expertise in clinical teamwork, public health, acute and chronic disease management, and patient safety. Students also participate in service-learning projects with trainees in other health care professions.
A Focus on Research
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's research focus, which begins the first week of school and continues through all four years of study, is intended to develop physicians who will use evidence-based medicine and integrate research into their everyday medical practice. With the guidance of research mentors and the rich educational opportunities offered through the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, students function as principal investigators on hypothesis-driven research projects of their own design.