After years of planning and preparation, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) opened the doors to welcome the charter class for the start of school.
The 42 aspiring physicians arrived on campus early Monday morning ready to begin their four-year medical education journey. The president and founding dean of the school, Cynda Ann Johnson, M.D., M.B.A., and the provost of Virginia Tech, Mark McNamee, Ph.D., along with the entire faculty and staff of the school, gave the students an enthusiastic welcome.
“This is a proud moment for me both personally and professionally. To have been part of public-private partnership that has built a new medical school with a new curricular model, has been very rewarding. I am proud of my colleagues and my team, and I am personally touched by the potential to make a significant positive impact on patient care,” said Dean Johnson.
Provost McNamee spoke about the unique partnership ahead for Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic. "Virginia Tech is very excited to be a partner in this new medical school. Today is a momentous day for our students, faculty, and staff. The combined strengths of a major research university and a strong, comprehensive health system will provide an excellent learning environment.”
After the greeting, the charter class gathered on the front steps of the building for an official class photo. For many students, the first day at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine meant their dreams of becoming a doctor were becoming a reality. As part of the orientation kick-off, students were divided into six groups of seven members each. With the help of a facilitator, these groups will work and study together each week, working on real-life cases, called patient-centered-learning cases.
Orientation finishes up on Friday with speeches by Carilion Clinic President and CEO Ed Murphy, M.D. and Virginia Tech President Charles Steger, Ph.D., the leaders who conceptualized and executed the strategy to build Virginia Tech Carilion.
After years of planning and preparation, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine opened its doors to welcome the charter class on Aug. 2, 2010. See the day in photos.