Family and Community Medicine
The Family and Community Medicine Department of Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine offers the latest technology at its family medical centers, which serve as vibrant models of patient care and education to diverse populastions in the surrounding communities. The department is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families, and communities and is commited to a comprehensive approach to patient care.
The Family and Community Medicine Department supports the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine value domains in the following ways:
During the required family and community medicine clerkship, students reinforce what they learned in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology, as well as healthy and abnormal systems of the body. Students learn anatomy in a state-of-the-art, consolidated lab and gain early exposure to diagnostic imaging through a portable ultrasound program.
Students gain early patient interaction through standardized patients and a longitudinal ambulatory clinic experience. During the family and community medicine clerkship, students hone their clinical skills in areas such as physical exams, ultrasound, and obstetrics and gynecology. Through a generous gift from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation, the school has been able to start a new program to promote integrated oral health care exams and fluoride treatments for young children in local doctors’ offices.
Many members of the department's faculty mentor medical students in their research project, an intensive, longitudinal curricular requirement.
The department champions the coordination and collaboration with other professionals who serve patients in Carilion medical centers, clinics, and physician's offices. Medical students are an important part of health care teams that include physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, radiologists, and many others.