Thebegins in the first four blocks (Year 1) by focusing on the normal structure and function of the human body, as approached from an organ systems perspective. All of the basic science fundamental to the learning of medicine are integrated into the first two years and include objectives in anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, genetics, embryology, and immunology.
The second four blocks (Year 2) are focused on pathobiology and use an organ systems approach. Objectives focus on pathophysiology, pharmacology, microbiology, virology, and pathology. Basic sciences are revisited in Phase 2 using integrated patient cases and interactive sessions.
Thebegins in Phase 1 using lectures, panel discussions, movies, reflection, simulation models, standardized and real patients, and objectives in Patient Case Work cases. Ample time will be dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to learn and practice clinical skills with faculty and standardized patients.
A unique feature of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine program, not seen in most other medical schools, is that a clinical skills exam will be administered following each block in Phase 1. This assures the progressive development in clinical skills competency for students preparing for the clinical rotations.
Each student is assigned to an ambulatory clinic for one-half day per month from the beginning of Phase 1. This longitudinal ambulatory care experience provides real clinical experience, physician role-modeling, interprofessional relationship building, and continuity of patient care from the beginning of the program. In addition, all students are assessed at the end of Year 3 with a multi-station objective structured clinical exam to assess clinical skills and provide formative feedback.
The clinical science value domain is emphasized during Phase 2, which includes the clinical rotations and electives during Years 3 and 4.
Health Systems Science and Interprofessional Practice
Theemphasizes how health care is delivered with the end goal of improving the quality of health care for patients and populations as well as service learning and team building activities. Areas of focus are professionalism and ethics, roles of the health professions, community service, population health, quality and safety, health systems analysis, health care finance, value-based care, informatics, and health disparities. These principles are woven through all four years of medical school. Faculty from different professions at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Radford University Carilion, will be intimately involved in the delivery of this curricular component.