The mission of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Community and Diversity Advisory Board (CDAB) is to encourage student diversity at the school. The board also works to nurture creative and healthy relationships between the local community and the school of medicine.
The CDAB achieves its mission by providing guidance to Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine leadership related to the school’s diversity initiatives, creating a welcoming community environment for students by connecting them with appropriate resources in the community, by encouraging involvement of the community in VTCSOM functions and activities as appropriate, and by encouraging involvement of faculty, staff and students in the community.
One example of the CDAB encouraging student involvement in the community is through the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s service learning projects, an integral component of the Interprofessional Leadership Domain of VTCSOM’s novel curriculum. The board provides input and feedback to the school from the community in regards to the service learning projects.
The board is comprised of approximately 25 individuals and leaders from the community with a broad range of backgrounds including a founder of a local international culture festival, the head of diversity initiatives at the local community college, and spiritual and social action agency leaders. The board is chaired by the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's associate dean for community and culture and meets on a quarterly basis.
David Trinkle, M.D., is a busy person. As associate dean of community and culture at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, vice mayor of Roanoke, and a local business owner, he tirelessly networks in search of new and innovative ways to involve students in the Roanoke community.