The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s educational program is organized into four value domains: Basic Science, Clinical Science, Research, and Interprofessionalism.

The school's curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in biomedical and clinical science, the opportunity to master clinical skills, and meaningful experiences in all the major clinical disciplines. Research and interprofessionalism are interwoven throughout the program to produce doctors highly capable of pursuing any career option in medicine.

Maximizing Self-Directed Learning

The curriculum maximizes self-directed learning by minimizing formal didactic sessions and emphasizing self-directed learning. Small teams work in a problem-based learning format using patient cases. Continuous faculty assessment of student performance in small groups will be a critical aspect of student learning.

Online experiences, discussion sessions, and experiential learning are also employed.

Phase I and Phase II

The curriculum is divided into two main phases with multiple blocks varying in duration and content. Phase I begins with orientation, continues for nine consecutive blocks, and provides students with a solid foundation in the four value domains. Phase I also includes dedicated time to conduct independent research and to participate in interprofessional health care educational experiences, including service-learning programs.

Phase II includes third-year clerkships and fourth-year electives, integrated with continuing education in research and interprofessionalism.

2017-2018 Academic Year

Class of 2021 Calendar
Class of 2020 Calendar
Class of 2019 Calendar
Class of 2018 Calendar

2018-2019 Academic Year

Class of 2022 Calendar
Class of 2021 Calendar
Class of 2020 Calendar
Class of 2019 Calendar

Four Values of the Curriculum

Basic Science
Clinical Science

Learning Environment Advocacy Committee

To learn more about the Learning Environment Advocacy Committee, the process for reporting and evaluating allegations of mistreatment, and specific examples of what constitutes mistreatment, visit the Learning Environment page.