VTCSOM Distinctives

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is dedicated to providing a world-class educational experience. Besides a curriculum driven by our educational goals and objectives and organized into four value domains, the school ensures a rounded education through a variety of additional programs. With requirements ranging from service learning to scientific research and rare opportunities such as an oral health program and portable ultrasound training, our students leave our program ready for whatever the world has waiting for them.


Medical Student Research

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has four value domains that are integrated across students' four years of study. Research is one of the domains that makes the school unique. All of our students are required to participate in the research curriculum, making the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine one of the few medical schools nationwide to place an emphasis on research throughout the four-year curriculum. By teaching research fundamentals during the first year and allowing dedicated time for research throughout the remaining three, students are set on track to practice evidence-based medicine.


International Rotations

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students have a chance to expand the depth and breadth of their education through serving and learning in an international setting as part of their fourth-year clinical rotations. Students can choose from among five established partnerships with hospitals and medical education programs in France, Ghana, India, Russia, and South Korea. The diversity of programs in these five locations runs the gamut from a rural health clinic in the impoverished village of Kasei, Ghana, to a sprawling medical school with an enrollment of 400 students and training in a wide array of specialities in Kazan, Russia.


Oral Health Program

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is one of the few medical schools that incorporates oral health into its instruction. Thanks in large part to a $1 million endowment made possible by a gift from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation, a comprehensive oral health curriculum is a major component of the education received by students at the VTC School of Medicine.


Portable Ultrasound Training

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is one of just a handful of medical schools across the country to incorporate portable ultrasound training into its curriculum. Click here to view photos from a recent training session with members of the school’s Class of 2015.


Service Learning

All Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students are required to take part in a service learning project along with nursing, physician assistant, and allied health students from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. The requirement is a component of the Interprofessional Leadership Course that students take during Year 1, which helps health professionals from different vocations know more about each other's roles and priorities. In the first three years of its existence, the program has launched 38 projects helping 29 different organizations in the Roanoke Valley.

Graduate Medical Education at Carilion Clinic

In recent years, Carilion Clinic has been on a transformative journey from a community hospital to a progressive, integrated, physician-led clinic. Outstanding graduate medical education, offered in partnership with Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, has been vital in achieving exceptional patient-centered care along the way.

Learn more about Graduate Medical Education at Carilion Clinic.