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Research Opportunities

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) is a public-private partnership between Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech. VTCSOM students are encouraged to explore research project possibilities at both institutions. Access to researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech provides a broad range of topics and research modalities to accommodate many particular student research interests. 

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute offers research opportunities for VTC School of Medicine students in its eight Research Centers and Units. In addition, VTCRI's Primary Faculty Researchers serve as research mentors for our students.

Carilion Clinic

The VTCSOM academic departments are supported by faculty from Carilion Clinic's clinical departments. Learn more about the many Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student research opportunities through the VTCSOM/Carilion Clinic departments.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech (VT) has a number of outstanding programs that integrate well with medical research. These include programs in veterinary medicine, biomedical  engineering, computational biology, bioinformatics, biology, biochemistry, and nutrition, foods and exercise and psychology. It also has a highly interdisciplinary program in translational biology, medicine and health (TBMH) that has focus areas in neuroscience, metabolic and cardiovascular science, infectious disease and immunity, health implementation science, and cancer.

Additional Research Partners

Some of our faculty research mentors also come from these partner institutions: Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center, CHIP of Roanoke Valley, Children's National Medical Center. 

Outside Institutional Research Projects

In addition to research opportunities at the institutions listed above that have a direct relationship with VTCSOM, students may explore possible research projects at outside institutions, in rare situations.

This is not generally encouraged due to the requirement that the student be actively engaged in research throughout the four years of their medical curriculum, and successfully maintaining an active research project off-site is challenging, particularly during Years 3 and 4.