The goal of the Department of Interprofessionalism is to have various health professions learn to work together and respect one another's roles so that they can work effectively as a team to improve patient care. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is the first medical school in the country to integrate interprofessionalism across the entire curriculum.
The interprofessionalism department supports the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine value domains in the following ways:
Several focus areas overlap multiple basic science disciplines and are interwoven throughout the school's patient-centered curriculum. These include nutrition, culinary health, complementary and alternative medicine, and oral health. Understanding personal values and learning group leadership skills are an early focus of the curriculum. Faculty from the medical school, Virginia Tech, and Radford University Carilion are intimately involved in the delivery of this curricular component.
Interprofessionals skills learned in basic science are reinforced as students learn clinical skills.
Faculty members are available to serve as mentors to students in their research projects, which are a required intensive, four-year program.
This department establishes curricular activities that emphasize service learning and team building. The focus is on professionalism, ethics, role of the health professions, community service, public health, and patient safety, among others. Interprofessionalism carries out among all four years of the curriculum.