Community & Culture
Each year, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine welcomes students from across the country, and we do all we can to help make Roanoke feel like home. The medical school has many programs in place to involve students in the Roanoke Valley. From service learning to youth mentoring and more, these interactions help to build well-rounded future physicians and connect Virginia Tech Carilion to the community.
VTCSOM Community Outreach Programs
Within the medical school itself, students encounter many cultural and community-based opportunities to enrich their education. We strive to mix creativity with traditional medical education for the benefit of our students and the community. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine proudly hosts numerous art exhibits, public programs, service learning opportunities, youth-focused activities , and much more each year.
Student Engagement in the Community
Through value based, meaningful, and critical service students impact not only their communities and future patients but have the opportunity to create policy that can improve the overall health and wellness of their community.
Medical Reserve Corps
VTCSOM students, faculty, and staff who have signed up to be part of VDH’s Medical Reserve Corps and volunteered to be contact tracers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A great way to involve community members in the life of the school, the Creativity in Health Education Program expands the social, cultural, and humanistic awareness of the school’s students, faculty, and staff by integrating the arts into their daily routines.
Mini Medical School
Over the course of several evenings, members of the public visit our school and engage in a series of lectures and discussions on timely topics with relevance to medicine and public health.
Ways for Community Members to Get Involved
Community Engagement Advisory Board
The mission of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Community Engagement Advisory Board (CEAB) is to encourage student and faculty engagement in many diverse ways in our community.
Standardized Patient Program
Standardized patients are used by the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and by many other medical institutions, to train and evaluate students.
Community Collaboration Projects
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine welcomes the opportunity to partner with community organizations, especially those that work with youth and diverse populations. The Office of Community and Culture is frequently able to assist with community events, such as science fairs or other volunteer opportunities. Many student clubs also seek opportunities to engage with the community, providing STEM opportunities for local youth. Please contact us if you are interested in partnering with us.
A partnership between VTC School of Medicine and multiple partners, the Healthstorian mobile "storycorps" camper will capture the history of healthcare in our community.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is a growing destination to host regional, national, and international conferences.
Engagement Programs for our Youth
An inspirational program designed to expose high school and college students to a range of health care careers as well as regional higher education programs that can help them get there.
Health Professions Enrichment Program
An educational outreach program for 40 high-potential 9th and 10th-grade students who are passionate about science and health-related careers.
Kids' Tech University
Every year 10-15 medical students participate in Virginia Tech's Kids' Tech University where they interact with 400 children and their families in an engaging hands-on exhibit in science.