Since 2016, two students Hampton University or Virginia State University are accepted each year into the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Early Identification Program, which provides intensive medical school preparation during two summer sessions. Completing both summers of enrichment and maintaining all program requirements will result in special consideration for admission to VTCSOM, and could result in a scholarship award.
Summer 1 (Rising Juniors)
During the first summer, the selected students will participate in a 10-week summer program that gives them the opportunity to engage in hands-on, hypothesis-driven independent research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia. The Summer 1 program blends an emphasis on research with an introduction to clinical skills and MCAT overview and preparation.
Summer 2 (Rising Seniors)
During the second summer, the selected students will participate in six weeks of clinical rotations throughout various departments at Carilion Clinic facilities in Roanoke, Virginia. The Summer 2 program will emphasize a range of clinical experiences, intensive MCAT preparation, and advising on the American Medical College Application Service, or AMCAS, application.
Students are expected to take the MCAT by the fall of their senior year of college. In order to receive guaranteed admission to VTCSOM, students selected for early identification must perform well on the MCAT, fulfill all the medical school's prerequisites, and participate in the school's interview process--the Multiple Mini-Interview, also known as the MMI.
Early Identification Program participants are expected to complete their undergraduate studies in four years and to matriculate to medical school immediately following college graduation. While successful participants receive special consideration for admission to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, they are under no obligation to attend.
To be eligible to apply to the Early Identification Program, Hampton University or Virginia State University students must satisfy the following requirements:
- U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
- Be sophomores in good academic and professional standing
- Demonstrate and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better
- Have completed one year of biology and one year of chemistry with lab
- Express a sincere interest in medicine
To be considered, applicants should submit the following by March of their sophomore year:
- A completed online application
- A copy of their transcript
- Two professional references, including one from a science faculty member
Applications will open Fall 2018, and will be due in March 2019.