Community Outreach

Each year, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine welcomes students from across the country, and we do all we can to help make Roanoke feel like home. The medical school has many programs in place to involve students in the Roanoke Valley. From service learning to youth mentoring and more, these interactions help to build well-rounded future physicians and connect Virginia Tech Carilion to the community.

Within the medical school itself, students encounter many cultural and community-based opportunities to enrich their education. We strive to mix creativity with traditional medical education for the benefit of our students and the community. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine proudly hosts numerous art exhibits, public programs, service learning opportunities, youth-focused activities , and much more each year.

VTCSOM Projects

Community Outreach Program

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine welcomes the opportunity to partner with community organizations, especially those that work with youth and diverse populations. The Office of Community and Culture is frequently able to assist with community events, such as science fairs or other volunteer opportunities. Many student clubs such as Mentors in Medicine also seek opportunities to engage with the community, providing STEM opportunities for local youth. Beginning in 2018, VTCSOM will also host the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair for three years, providing high school students from across the Commonwealth of Virginia with opportunities to pursue their interested in STEM through research, discovery, and competition. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Carrie Knopf.

Creative Arts

At the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, faculty and students embrace the arts and the roles it can play in both education and the practice of medicine. With that idea in mind, the Creativity in Health Education Program was launched to expand the social, cultural, and humanistic awareness of the school’s students, faculty, and staff by integrating the arts into their daily routines. The program also serves as a way to involve community members in the life of the school.

Mentors in Medicine Program

“Following the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine mission to produce physician-thought leaders through “inquiry, research and discovery”, the Mentors in Medicine program is designed to motivate, empower, and encourage youth in the Roanoke community to achieve their academic and career aspirations in medicine and health by fostering positive relationships between middle school, high school, and undergraduate students and students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The Mentors in Medicine program aims to help students maintain interest in STEM topics and understand what is required of them in high school and college to reach a career in medicine or health professions. If you are interested in applying for the Mentors in Medicine program, please complete this application, and return it to Carrie Knopf.

Service Learning

All first-year students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine as well as nursing and physician assistant students from Jefferson College of Health Sciences are required to take part in service learning as part of the year-long “Interprofessional Leadership” course curriculum. Beyond that, students are encouraged to pursue volunteer opportunities throughout their time at the medical school, including the Martin Luther King Service Day and student clubs. A list of past and current community partners appears to the right.

Within Reach

Each year, representatives from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences team up to help Roanoke-area students understand what it takes to become a health care professional and to realize that a health care career is within their reach. School representatives highlight more than a dozen academic programs, including those that lead to a certificate in medical laboratory science, an associate degree in such fields as respiratory therapy, a bachelor’s degree in a range of fields, a master’s degree in such fields as nursing, or a medical degree, or even a PhD.

Collaborative Projects

Camp Carilion

Camp Carilion is for rising eighth and ninth graders who are interested in a future career in health care. Started in 2006 by Carilion Clinic, the program began including the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in 2011. Today, the four-day adventure also visits multiple areas within Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Jefferson College of Health Sciences. At each location, students have opportunities for career exploration through hands-on exercises and interactive demonstrations. For more information about Camp Carilion, email Karri Proctor, Carilion Clinic's Student Services Supervisor at or call her at 540-581-0303.

Kids' Tech University

At Kids Tech University (KTU), Virginia Tech Carilion medical students have the opportunity to inspire middle school students while sharing their passion for science with the community KTU is a program at Virginia Tech with the primary goal to create the future workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Every year since 2011 about 10-15 medical students join Dr Carvalho at KTU where they interact with 400 children and their families in an engaging hands-on exhibit in science. For more information, visit the Kids’ Tech University website.

Contact Us

David B. Trinkle, M.D.
Associate Dean for Community and Culture

Carrie Knopf
Interprofessional and Outreach Coordinator

Lynne Pearo
Director of Alumni Affairs and Special Events

Service Learning Partner Organizations

Angels of Assisi
Blue Ridge Behavioral Health
Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia
Bradley Free Clinic
Camp Easter Seals
Children’s Trust
City of Roanoke Parks & Recreation
Community Youth Program at St. John’s Episcopal Church
Family Service of Roanoke Valley
Feeding America of Southwestern Virginia
Friendship Retirement Community
Goodwill of the Roanoke Valley
Habitat for Humanity
Healing Strides
Local Colors
Mill Mountain Zoo
Mungeli – Collecting legos and lego mind storm game
Presbyterian Community Center
Rebuilding Together Roanoke
Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection
Roanoke City Public Schools
Roanoke Outside
Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Roanoke Valley Greenways
Roanoke Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Roanoke Valley SPCA
Ronald McDonald House
Senior Quality of Life Survey
Science Museum of Western Virginia
Taubman Museum of Art
Total Action for Progress
Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair
West End Center for Youth