The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute joins Virginia Tech's world-class strength in basic sciences, bioinformatics, and engineering with Carilion Clinic's highly experienced medical staff and rich history in medical education to train the next generation of physician thought leaders.
Why Virginia Tech Carilion?
A Unique Partnership
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine represents a new way forward in medical education. A unique, public-private partnership between a cutting-edge research university and a major health care institution, the school educates physician thought leaders through inquiry, research, and discovery. Learn more >
A Dynamic Curriculum
An innovative learning culture is required to educate doctors who can adapt to the complex and ever-evolving medical landscape. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine employs an adult-learning model called patient-centered learning in its curriculum. This approach trains physicians to make patients the central focus, reduces the amount of passive learning, and includes real-life cases analyzed in facilitator-guided, small-group discussions. The school places an emphasis on acquisition, integration, and application of knowledge for life-long learning, along with peer teaching, communication, and professionalism.
The school has four "value domains" that are interwoven throughout the four-year curriculum. These value domains-basic sciences, clinical sciences, research, and interprofessionalism-are addressed in each block, rotation, and clinical experience. They also drive our educational goals and objectives, ensuring a solid foundation in the basic and clinical sciences, the development of clinical skills, and experiences in every major clinical discipline and allowing graduates the flexibility of pursuing any career option in medicine. Learn more >
A Patient-Centered Curriculum
With the patient as a central focus, the unique curriculum stresses the importance of research, quality, safety, evidence-based medicine, interdisciplinary and interprofessional teamwork, chronic disease management, wellness and prevention, and public health. Learn more >
An Extraordinary Approach
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is no ordinary medical school. Only 15 percent of medical schools across the country employ a patient-centered learning curriculum. Our research program is longitudinal and integrated throughout the four years of study, with each student required to produce a research project of publishable caliber before graduation. Only 5 percent of medical schools nationwide offer research as a key curricular component. And the school is the only one in the country to thread interprofessional learning throughout the curriculum.
A Rigorous Experience
The school's small class sizes-averaging just 42 students each-enables ample individualized attention, intense student participation, and a rich educational experience. Our rigorous admissions process selects students with the talent, passion, and resilience to thrive in a challenging environment.
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine graduates will be highly sought after by residency programs and will go on to become physician thought leaders in their chosen fields of medicine.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) is dedicated to providing an exceptional medical education to applicants who are prepared to benefit from our specialized curriculum and instruction. The primary objective is to produce physician thought leaders through an educational experience grounded in inquiry, research, and discovery.
VTCSOM aims to identify candidates with clear evidence of leadership, scholarship, and motivation for a career in medicine. VTCSOM is looking for individuals who are committed to serving the needs of members of society and whose accomplishments reveal originality and a capacity for independent, critical thinking. Applicants must demonstrate a great affinity to a broad educational and personal experience that includes the humanities, social science, and social services.
VTCSOM offers a four-year M.D. degree, and admits both Virginia state residents and out-of-state residents as students. However, only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents will be considered.
For more detailed information on how to apply, visit the Application Process page.
AMCAS Online Application
VTCSOM participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) online application process and applications verified by AMCAS will be the first step in the medical school applicant screening process. MCAT tests are required and should be taken no later than September in the year prior to anticipated entry.
Holistic reviews of each application will be made by a faculty subcommittee before making a decision about whether or not to invite an applicant to complete a secondary application. Only the most academically qualified applicants who present records indicating that they would benefit most from the innovative medical curriculum at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will be invited to complete a secondary application. Applicants invited to submit a secondary application will be sent a link to access the online secondary application. A $50 non-refundable application fee will be required with each submission of the secondary application.
Applicants should have their letters of recommendation submitted to AMCAS. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation.
When the application is complete (secondary application and recommendation letters/evaluation report), the application will again be reviewed and a decision will be made to:
An Inside Look at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Get an inside look at the nearly completed construction of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. This brief tour gives views of the facade, library, cafe, green roof and sample classrooms.
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