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The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is a growing destination to host regional, national, and international conferences. Our desirability comes from the renowned physicians and programs of excellence at Carilion Clinic, the high level of research and teaching from Virginia Tech, our competitive and challenging medical school, the vibrancy of Roanoke, and the natural beauty of Southwest Virginia.

Roanoke, Virginia, once a bustling train town has found new life through bikes, beer, and brains. 

Strong healthcare and education institutions are propelling growth in the area.

Carilion Clinic is the region's largest health care organization with 13,000 employees who provide care to 1 million.

Virginia Tech is the largest of the area's two dozen higher education institutions, offering 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students with the research portfolio of more than 521 million dollars.

Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic teamed up in 2007 to form the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, a highly competitive medical school that receives 4,000 applications for 42 spots each year, and a world-class research institute that will double in size with a new building in 2020.

Roanoke is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains featuring the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway: 600 miles of trails, 22 miles of urban greenways, 24 rivers and creeks, 300,000 acres of National Forest, and the second largest municipal park in the United States at Carvins Cove.

After a hard day at work or play take a break. Visit the historic Roanoke City Market which has been in the heart of downtown since 1882. Or check out our star with striking views of the city and surrounding Valley.

Finish the day with a beer. Major brewing companies, Deschutes and Ballast Point are setting up their east coast hubs in the region which already boasts a strong local craft brewery scene. See you soon.

I'm governor Ralph Northam, the 73rd governor of Virginia, and I just wanted on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia we look forward to welcoming the 2019 International Association of Medical Science Educators conference to Roanoke in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Welcome.

International Association of Medical Science Educators

In June 2019 the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine hosted the 23rd Annual Meeting for the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).

The meeting, drew a crowd of about 650 basic science and clinical educators from across the globe to Roanoke, Virginia.

“As the Virginia Tech Carilion partnership continues to thrive, we are growing our reputation as a destination for science and education professional development opportunities,” said Cynda Johnson, founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “Thanks to all in the community who helped us put together a strong proposal to bring hundreds of medical educators to our small, but growing, city.”

[IAMSE organizer Rick Vari]: Enjoy yourself. [inaudible]. This is your market, and this is your festival. [inaudible]

[Instrumental]: Scenes from the IAMSE outdoor festival in Roanoke city market showing several vendors, people enjoying beverages, ice cream, and various food options. Indoor views of the available food vendor selections, smiling attendees. Then outdoor views of people taking pictures of Roanoke City from the rooftop of the Center in the Square building. 

Community - Conferences

Collaborating Across Borders V

During Fall of 2015, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC hosted the Collaborating Across Borders V conference, in collaboration with Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech, and Carilion Clinic. 

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Photos: Collaborating Across Borders V