The Department of Pediatrics at Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is a team of 90 providers who treat infants, children, and adolescents in pediatric medicine practices, specialty clinics, and at Carilion Children's Hospital. The department's mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all children in our community. We work to meet our mission by leveraging research, education, advocacy, access and community health programs and partnerships at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Our community of approximately 1 million people is served by Carilion Clinic with Carilion Children's having more than 100,00 medical encounters each year.
The Pediatrics department supports the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine value domains in the following ways:
Our faculty members teach medical students and residents using basic fundamentals of normal and abnormal system processes.
Required pediatric clerkship in year three exposes medical students to primary clinical care as well as specialty care in pediatric cardiology, allergy and pulmonology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics, hematology/oncology, developmental pediatrics, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, neurology, and adolescent gynecology. Through a generous gift from Delta Dental of Virginia, medical students learn integrated oral health care and flouride varnishings for young children in local doctor's offices.
Members of our faculty mentor medical students in their research project, an intensive, longitudinal curricular requirement.
Health Systems Science and Interprofessional Practice
Our department strongly supports the concept of integrated teams of health professionals. We see medical students as an important part of health care teams that also include physicians, residents, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, and child life specialists, among others. In addition, through patient encounters, students are exposed to health systems topics such as population health, quality and safety, health care finance, value-based care, and health disparities.
The Department of Pediatrics focuses on the Domain of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) with addition of its impact on Population and Public Health measures. During their pediatric clerkship the importance and impact of SDOH is emphasized with extensive experiential encounters with patients of varying demographics throughout both outpatient and inpatient pediatrics. Additionally, review and management of SDOH screening in general pediatrics, interprofessional team rounding, case-based discussions with a focus on health care disparities and HSSIP students specific case presentations with a SDOH emphasis-SOAP-S are included to tie in the critical importance of these measures and its impact on patient care.
Not all student research projects are represented here, only those that have been published.