The Learning Environment

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine strives to achieve a respectful, cooperative, and professional learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff in all educational and clinical sites.

For students to be engaged academically, their learning environment must be free from mistreatment, coercion, undue influence, and other unacceptable behaviors that negatively influence their ability to perform their best.

Behaviors that constitute mistreatment and other undo negative influence are unacceptable, and allegations and complaints of mistreatment will be addressed accordingly. Allegations will be fully investigated, and if they are found to be true, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to address the unacceptable behavior.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which accredits allopathic medical schools in the United States and Canada, has developed a standard that all medical schools must address in establishing the learning environment. LCME Standard 3.5 states:

“A medical school ensures that the learning environment of its medical education program is conducive to the ongoing development of explicit and appropriate professional behaviors in its medical students, faculty, and staff at all locations and is one in which all individuals are treated with respect. The medical school and its clinical affiliates share the responsibility for periodic evaluation of the learning environment in order to identify positive and negative influences on the maintenance of professional standards, develop and conduct appropriate strategies to enhance positive and mitigate negative influences, and identify and promptly correct violations of professional standards.”

To achieve a healthy learning environment, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has established the Learning Environment Advocacy Committee (LEAC), which is charged with promoting a learning environment that best supports our students in every educational setting they encounter.


What Is a Healthy Learning Environment?

A healthy learning environment is:

  • respectful, cooperative, and professional;

  • conducive for a student’s ability to engage fully in learning; and

  • protective of students against mistreatment, coercion, undue influence, and other unacceptable behaviors.


How Can Mistreatment and Unprofessional Behavior Be Reported?

Mistreatment and unprofessional behavior can be reported in several ways:

  • In person with a LEAC member or with an appropriate dean;

  • Over the phone with a LEAC member;

  • Through an anonymous submission to The BEACON;

  • Through an anonymous Blackboard email;

  • Through an anonymous One45 survey following a block, clerkship, or elective.


The MODEL Principle

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Learning Environment Advocacy Committee encourages students, faculty, residents and staff to promote a positive learning environment by adhering to the MODEL principle, adopted from the Pritzker School of Medicine:

M Model professional behavior
O Offer feedback
D Delineate expectations
E Evaluate fairly
L Prioritize Learning