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.
Thewill emphasize service learning and team building activities that are focused on professionalism and ethics, roles of the health professions, community service, public health, acute and chronic disease, systems change, and patient safety. Interprofessionalism begins in Phase 1 and continues throughout the curriculum. The foundational principles and theoretical and practical application of Interprofessionalism will be interwoven through the entire program. Faculty from different professions at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Carilion Clinic’s allied health school, will be intimately involved in the delivery of this curricular component.
Several focus areas, which we call threads, overlap multiple basic and clinical science disciplines and are interwoven throughout both phases of the patient-centered curriculum. These threads include nutrition, quality and safety, healthcare disparities, and oral health.