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Curriculum

    Jarred Hicks takes the pulse of a young girl

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine educational program is driven by our educational goals and objectives and is organized into four Value Domains: Basic Science, Clinic Science, Research, and Interprofessionalism. 

Our program provides the necessary education to ensure a solid foundation in basic and clinical science, development of clinical skills, and provides clinical experiences in all of the major clinical disciplines. Research and interprofessionalism are interwoven throughout the curriculum to produce a graduate highly capable of pursuing any career option in medicine.

Maximizing Self-Directed Learning

    Dr. Schmidt-Dalton gets a young girl ready to act as a patient for a clinical skills group

The curriculum maximizes self-directed learning by minimizing formal didactic sessions and emphasizing self-directed learning. Small teams work in a problem-based learning format using patient cases called Patient Case Work. Continuous faculty assessment of student performance in small groups will be a critical aspect of student learning.

Online experiences, discussion sessions, and experiential learning are also employed. 

Phase 1 and Phase 2

The curriculum is divided into two main phases with multiple blocks varying in duration and content. Phase 1 will begin with orientation, continue for nine consecutive blocks, and will provide students with a solid foundation in the four value domains. Phase I will also include dedicated time to conduct independent research and to participate in interprofessional health care educational experiences that will include service-learning programs.

Phase 2 includes third-year clerkships and fourth-year electives, integrated with continuing education in research and interprofessionalism.

    James Joyner takes a boy's blood pressure

Curriculum Blocks Timeline

Download a timeline of curriculum blocks for the four-year program beginning in Fall 2010.

Curriculum Blocks Timeline (PDF | 1MB)

Academic Calendars for 2014-2015

Class of 2015 Schedule

Class of 2016 Schedule

Class of 2017 Schedule

Class of 2018 Schedule


Additional resources

    Students in clinical skills lab

To learn more about the Learning Environment Advocacy Committee, the process for reporting and evaluating allegations of mistreatment, and specific examples of what constitutes mistreatment, visit the Learning Environment page.