The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine begins teaching its students clinical science and skills early in their medical education, integrating it into the curriculum from the very beginning.
Standardized patients are trained to simulate the roles of patients so students can interview and perform basic exams with them, just as they would a real patient. Students are given ample time to practice their skills with standardized patients, starting first with communication, learning the best way to interview patients. Special emphasis is put on students' self-reflection and empathy. Students then move onto basic physical exams such as listening to a patient's heart and breathing and checking blood pressure. All of these skills are taught by our faculty then practiced and reviewed with the faculty present. In addition, many of the practice sessions are recorded on video, so students can review the interactions and learn from them. Finally, each student is tested on the clinical skills work with standardized patients at the end of each block during Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2).
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is one of the few medical schools that incorporates oral health into its instruction. Thanks in large part to a $1 million endowment made possible by a gift from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation, a comprehensive oral health curriculum is a major component of the education received by students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is one of just a handful of medical schools across the country to incorporate portable ultrasound training into its curriculum.
As part of the clinical sciences and skills value domain, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students get early practice in a clinical setting with standardized patients as well as other volunteers from the community. Check out some pictures from a class session as students practiced checking heart rates, blood pressure and breathing.