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Institutional Objectives

Standardized Patients, OSCE

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s overarching goal is to train physicians who will be excellent clinicians and will continuously incorporate knowledge gained from the practice of research and scientific inquiry into their everyday practice of medicine.

The school’s educational goals and objectives are based upon competencies described by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and the Institute of Medicine.

ACGME/ABMS Competencies for Medical Practice:

  • Medical knowledge
  • Patient care
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Systems-based practice

Institute of Medicine Competencies for the Health Care System:

  • Employ evidence-based practice
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Employ evidence-based practice
  • Apply quality improvement techniques
  • Use informatics

These competencies are expressed as specific outcome measures for graduates. The school’s goals and objectives are to assure demonstrated capability in each of the highly interrelated and mutually supportive competencies.

Innovative Curriculum

The school’s goals and objectives are achieved through a novel curriculum that integrates basic and clinical sciences across the four-year curriculum and provides a solid foundation and experiences in research, and health systems science and interprofessional practice. Included in the curriculum are learning objectives related to

  • bioethics, 
  • legal aspects of clinical cases, 
  • quality care and safety, 
  • use of clinical guidelines, and the 
  • research implications of each case.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine physicians are thought leaders who will thrive in their chosen field, whether community or academic medicine, research, health policy, or health information technology.

Not only are Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine graduates well prepared to enter any area of medicine, but they also have the exceptional skills that will enable them to thrive as member of interprofessional teams.