The First Ten Years

2007

January 3 – Virginia Tech President Charles Steger and Carilion Clinic President and CEO Edward Murphy, along with Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, announce the creation of a public-private partnership to create a new medical school and research institute, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

2008

January 13 – Cynda Ann Johnson comes to Roanoke to begin in her role as president and founding dean.

April – Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic execute of memorandum of understanding for their joint commitment to the school and research institute. Virginia’s General Assembly formally authorizes $59 million of funding to build the medical school and research institute.

October 15 – Groundbreaking held for the building that will house the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

2009

June 3 – Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) grants the school preliminary accreditation, which gives the school authorization to recruit students.

October through March 2010 – Interviews take place for the first class of students.

2010

July – Building construction for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute completed.

August 2 – Charter class begins their studies.

2011

May 7 – The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute hosts a Grand Opening Celebration open house and ribbon cutting with hundreds from the Roanoke community.

2012

June – LCME grants the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine provisional accreditation and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges grants the school candidacy status.

July – Members of the charter class all successfully complete their USMLE Step 1 Exams and embark on clinical clerkships for the first time.

2013

The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation awards the school $1 million for an endowment for a comprehensive oral health curriculum, the first for a U.S. medical school.

August – Fourth class enters the medical school, meaning the school is at full capacity – a full house – for the first time.

2014 - a year of firsts

March 21 – School hosts its first Match Day; 100 percent of the charter class is matched to a residency program.

March 24 – School hosts its first research symposium where fourth-year students present their in-depth research projects they worked on over the last four years.

May 10 – First graduation for the medical school.

June 19 – School receives full accreditation from the LCME and SACS.

2015

May – Dedication of founding donors wall at the school.

November – School wins an Excellence in Virginia Government award for its successful public-private partnership.

2016

October – INSIGHT into Diversity magazine honored the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine with a 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award.

2017

November – Richard C. Vari, senior dean for academic affairs, won the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award at the AAMC Annual Meeting.

Dean’s Council on Advancement forms.

2018

July 1 – The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine becomes an official college of Virginia Tech.

October – INSIGHT into Diversity magazine recognizes VTCSOM for a second time with the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award

December – Cynda Ann Johnson retires as founding dean; Daniel Harrington named interim dean

2019

January – Lee A. Learman selected as dean with start date of July 1, 2019