The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine begins teaching its students clinical sciences and skills early in their medical education, integrating it into the curriculum from the very beginning.
Each student is assigned to an ambulatory clinic for one-half day per month from the beginning of Phase 1. Students will continue this partnership through the end of Year 2 before they begin clinical rotations in Years 3 and 4. The goal of LACE is to provide students with a longitudinal, real, clinical experience from the start of their medical education. The program emphasizes clinical skills development, creates a positive physician role-model, encourages interprofessional health care relationships, and demonstrates the importance of critical thinking and research in a clinical practice.
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.