What goes on behind the Hokie Stone walls and sleek glass exterior of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine? Now’s your chance to find out.

The school’s second Mini Medical School series, "Drawing Back the Curtain: How Medical Students Learn to be Doctors," will give a behind-the-scenes look at what medical school is like.

“We will explore how the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine creates exceptional physicians from the day our students enter until the day they graduate,” said David Trinkle, the school’s associate dean for community and culture. “That’s four years of medical school condensed into four nights.”

The Mini Medical School convenes four consecutive Tuesdays: Oct. 12, 20, and 27 and Nov. 3. Each session is from 6 to 8 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Participants will learn about the school’s innovative problem-based curriculum, try out some basic clinical skills and diagnostics, explore the concept of translational research, and see a clinical simulation involving an interprofessional team of health care professionals.

Each evening’s presentations will be led by Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students.

“We often hear how well-prepared our students are when they leave here and enter their residencies,” Trinkle said. “Through this series, we hope to get people as excited about our innovative curriculum as we are.”

Each week, the series will focus on one of the school’s four domains. These include basic science, clinical science, research, and interprofessionalism. On the first night, participants will be introduced to the school’s problem-based curriculum. They will receive a medical case for which they will work in facilitated small groups to learn about the illness and devise a treatment plan. On the final night, participants will view a simulated patient case from the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department.

The Mini Medical School will take place at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke. The cost for all four sessions is $20. Registration is required.

For more information, or if you need special assistance, email Lynne Pearo-Baker or call her at 540-526-2300.

Written by Catherine Doss.

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