The First Ten Years
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.
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.
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.
July – Building construction for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute completed.
August 2 – Charter class begins their studies.
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.
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.
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.
May – Dedication of founding donors wall at the school.
November – School wins an Excellence in Virginia Government award for its successful public-private partnership.
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.
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.
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
January – Lee A. Learman selected as dean with start date of July 1, 2019