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Student Engagement Opportunities

Opportunities for engagement at VTCSOM

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Series

These informal events offer faculty, staff, students, and community members an opportunity to gather for open conversations about given topics. Participants are encouraged to add their own thoughts, ideas, and perspectives to the discussion.

Diversity Student Ambassador 

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Diversity Student Ambassador Program is for students that are dedicated to serving and representing the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and its mission. 

Diversity Ambassadors Should:

  1. Be in good standing at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. 
  2. Exhibit strong communication skills both verbal and written, leadership skills, and strong interpersonal skills.
  3. Be able to agree to time commitment to fulfill Ambassador duties.


Attend at least 3 DEI volunteer opportunities within the academic year. Time commitment for each can range from 1 hour to 5 hours. Ambassadors will select and sign up for events in advance.

  1.  Assist with pathway programs by leading experiential learning activities such as suturing, OSCE's, ultrasound demonstrations, and serving on student panels, etc. 
  2. Attend community events, local fairs, and festivals.  
  3. Serve as a resource for newly accepted students. 
  4. Lead coordinated visit sessions and school tours.


A series of discussions led by students about difference and identity. The discussions are intended to encourage students, faculty, staff, and the broader community to share their experiences, stories, questions, and apprehensions about the complicated issues of identity and differences.

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Student Organizations at VTCSOM

VTC Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA)

The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. 

VTC Chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association

The Latino Medical Student Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to represent, support, educate, and unify medical trainees, especially those who identify as Hispanic or Latina/o/x.

VTC Chapter of the Medical Student Pride Alliance

The Pride Alliance at VTCSOM is a chapter of a national organization, the Medical Student Pride Alliance. Members hold shared visions of "empowering sexual and gender minority medical students and allies, increasing the number of physicians trained in LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare, and addressing the unique needs of queer communities through research, advocacy, education, and service."

VTC Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The NAACP's mission statement states: “Our mission is to achieve equity, political rights, and social inclusion by advancing policies and practices that expand human and civil rights, eliminate discrimination, and accelerate the well-being, education, and economic security of Black people and all persons of color." The VTC Chapter will uphold this mission as well as facilitate increased interactions between VTCSOM students and the diverse patient population of Roanoke.

VTC Chapter Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

American Muslim Medical Student Association (AMMSA)

The American Muslim Medical Students Association (AMMSA) is a student led organization welcoming Muslim students, physicians, and leaders to explore the inherent intersection between Islam and medicine. AMMSA’s goal is simple: to empower American Muslim medical students by providing opportunities for excellence in spiritual growth, professional development, and community building.

Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)

The Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement.

Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA)

The mission of the Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA) is to create a supportive network among Jewish students and faculty at VTC within the greater Roanoke Jewish community. The JMSA hosts events, such as holiday celebrations and Shabbat dinners, that are open to VTC community members of all backgrounds.

Mentoring in Medicine

VTCSOM club providing outreach and mentoring to Roanoke City and County Public School’s high school students with an emphasis on healthcare careers (medicine, nursing, APCs, etc.) as well as STEM disciplines (including research). 

Refugee and Immigrant Medical Association (RIMA)

The Refugee and Immigrant Medicine Association (RIMA) aims to address the disparities identified in the refugee/immigrant population of Roanoke by offering longitudinal educational guidance as well as providing resources for the children and their families to promote a healthier lifestyle in their own home.