The Mentors in Medicine program is designed to motivate, empower, and encourage youth in the Roanoke community to achieve their academic and career aspirations in medicine and health by matching middle school, high school, and undergraduate students with Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students.
The Mentors in Medicine program aims to help students maintain interest in STEM topics and understand what is required of them in high school and college to reach a career in medicine or health professions.
- The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine works directly through the Roanoke City Public Schools and local colleges and universities to make these connections.
- After being matched, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students are encouraged to build supportive experiences through one-on-one tutoring, group presentations, and general goal-setting and advisory activities.
- Additionally, these interactions are developed to increase the ability to communicate with and understand those coming from different backgrounds (cultural, racial, socioeconomic, etc.), for mentors and mentees alike.