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Carilion Clinic and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) have recently announced plans to create a new joint venture private medical school dedicated to the application of problem-based learning and the development of research-competent medical students. The school is meant to advance the teaching and research missions of Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech while patterned after the Harvard HST program and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. The collaboration between Carilion and Virginia Tech is long standing and enduring with commitment to the success of this new medical school assured at the highest levels.
Carilion is embarking upon a bold initiative, one that will transform a traditional healthcare system into a full clinic model similar to other non-university academic centers. Carilion has made a strong commitment to being physician-led and is seeking to add dynamic and visionary physician leadership for medical education in the founding Dean. Carilion is excited to assertively expand its commitment to medical education with the development of multiple new fellowships and the establishment of a research institute in collaboration with Virginia Tech as part of the medical school initiative. Carilion was the 2002 recipient of the National Quality Award, has been named to the list of most wired and wireless health systems for the past 4 years, and received Magnet Nursing designation in 2003.
Virginia Tech brings a strong research and educational reputation to the new school. Located in Blacksburg just 30 minutes south of Roanoke, Virginia Tech is the largest public university in the State. Virginia Tech is ranked in the top 50 research universities and has committed to joining the top 30 through a focus on biomedical and translational research. Virginia Tech has many strong interdisciplinary programs such as the Virginia Biomedical Research Institute and the Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Science.