Building a Better Doctor
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is one of the nation’s smallest medical schools, with an average of 42 students per year, and among its youngest.
But these facts haven’t stopped the school’s administrators from taking on a big mission: creating a new kind of doctor for a new world of medicine. If anything, fledgling status has proved to be a distinct asset.
“When you’re starting from scratch, you have a big advantage,” says Daniel Harrington, M.D., vice dean of the medical school and vice president for academic affairs at Carilion Clinic. “You’re able to create something that is different.”
And it’s that word—different—rather than small or young, that perhaps best describes the school. In less than a decade since it welcomed its first class in 2010, Virginia Tech Carilion has earned national recognition for innovation. The medical school has reached for bold, new approaches to every aspect of creating new clinicians, from how it admits applicants to how it instructs them to how they interact with the community around them.
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