Two dedicated symposia rooms function as the main lecture rooms for the first- and second-year classes.
The medical school building houses 10 OSCE rooms. Two of those spaces are designed to be larger than the others to support team, group, and interdisciplinary training. The OSCE rooms are connected to a patient lounge with locker and restroom facilities, a waiting area, and dedicated office space for a coordinator. An observation area allows for one observer per exam room for real time monitoring of activities.
One of the newest educational tools available to medical students is the Anatomage table, which is basically a giant tablet with a person inside. Using this tool, students can explore and manipulate different layers of anatomy with the swipe of a finger. What's more, the table can use real scans from actual cases that medical students encounter.
Many faculty research leaders maintain modern wet laboratories in the VTC Research Institute. From inventing new technologies that can image microscopic biological structures in their native liquid environments to exploring the system that propagates electrical signals through the heart, many fascinating research projects are being conducted on campus. And because medical students are required to conduct research as part of their studies, there are many opportunities for collaboration.
The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is home to two powerful functional magnetic resonance imaging devices, which allow researchers to explore which areas of the brain are activated in response to various stimuli and situations. And because these particular devices are connected both to each other and other machines around the world, scientists can watch how the brains of two different subjects react simultaneously to shared experiences, such as playing economic games.
In addition to the wet laboratories and the functional magnetic resonance imaging devices, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is home to many other developing lines of research. For example, Katherine Dederer, class of 2014, works in the laboratory of Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, on understanding the basic functions of inhibitory neurons.
The AHP Lab will serve many specialty uses for disciplines including anatomy, histology, and pathology. Procedures, dissection, and micro section will take place here.
Most of the clinical training experience at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will take place in a Carilion Clinic facility. Carilion Clinic’s resources, its inpatient and many outpatient sites, its proximity to the medical school, and the size and expertise of its faculty in clinical practice and education, create a vibrant clinical teaching environment.
Carilion Clinic provides a wide range of medical services and specialties at outpatient facilities and in hospitals throughout western Virginia. Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students will train in an environment where advanced treatments, leading technologies, skilled specialists, and the setting of new standards in medicine and care are the norm.
Watch an animation tour of what the new VTC School of Medicine and Research Institute building looks like inside and out.