Service learning is a required element of our curriculum in health systems science and interprofessional practice. For students who entered during the years 2010 through 2017, service learning consisted of a year-long group service project with a non-profit agency in the Roanoke Valley. Project groups were made up of medical students as well as nursing and physician assistant students from Radford University Carilion. During the 2017-18 academic year, the service learning project was replaced with a course on culinary medicine that still includes a service component with Feeding America Southwest Virginia in local afterschool programs.
In addition, our students take part in service projects on their own such as Medicine and Health Day at the Boys and Girls Club and volunteering at the Bradley Free Clinic.
Community Engagement Advisory Board
Students in the Interprofessional Leadership Course are divided into teams of around nine students. Since many students are not from Southwest Virginia, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has a Community Engagement Advisory Board that helps network the students into the community and provide ideas and locations for their service learning projects that are based on their individual personal values.