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The Learning Environment

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine strives to achieve a respectful, cooperative, and professional learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff in all educational and clinical sites.

For students to be engaged academically, their learning environment must be free from mistreatment, coercion, undue influence, and other unacceptable behaviors that negatively influence their ability to perform their best.

What Is a Healthy Learning Environment?

A healthy learning environment is:

  • respectful, cooperative, and professional;
  • conducive for a student’s ability to engage fully in learning; and
  • protective of students against mistreatment, coercion, undue influence, and other unacceptable behaviors.

The MODEL Principle

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Learning Environment Advocacy Committee encourages students, faculty, residents and staff to promote a positive learning environment by adhering to the MODEL principle, adopted from the Pritzker School of Medicine:

The MODEL Principle
M Model professional behavior
O Offer feedback
D Delineate expectations
E Evaluate fairly
L Prioritize Learning

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