VTCSOM plans for reopening for summer 2020
June 17, 2020
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is preparing for the return to some in-person learning. The plans remain fluid during this dynamic situation and may be modified depending on advisement from the commonwealth, Virginia Tech, and Carilion Clinic.
On May 26, the Governor’s Office updated advisement to allow for in-person clinical education to resume, as long as certain conditions are met. This opens the door to allow VTCSOM students to return to clinical rotations, which were paused in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students will be asked to return to Roanoke, if they left when learning switched to the virtual environment, two weeks prior to any in-person learning. They are asked to self-isolate and physically distance during this period as a measure to protect the entire VTCSOM community.
VTCSOM students may be asked to take a COVID-19 test during the self-isolation periods to confirm they are free of the virus. If this becomes necessary, the school will work with the students’ health clinic to schedule.
The class of 2021 will resume clinical rotations on Monday, July 6.
The class of 2022 will have clinical orientation the week of June 29 with the start of clinical rotations on Monday, July 6.
VTCSOM is working closely with Carilion Clinic and clerkship directors to organize and schedule students since there will be some overlap by two classes on the rotations for a few months, while the class of 2021 finishes up required rotations that were paused in March.
The class of 2023 will continue virtual learning for at least their next block of study which runs from July 6 to August 28.
The newly entering class of 2024 will begin a week of orientation on Monday, July 27. It will be a blend of in-person and virtual. Their first block of study begins Monday, August 3.
All in-person learning will be guided by the commonwealth’s current advisements on group sizes and physical distancing requirements.