Presidential Policy Memo No. 306 affirms integration of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine program

From: Office of the President and Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Virginia Tech Presidential Policy Memorandum (PPM) No. 306 affirms the Board of Visitors’ approval of the integration of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and approval of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree program and existing curriculum.

Per PPM No. 306, The Board of Visitors resolution on the approval of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree program is as follows:

WHEREAS, since 2007, Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic have benefited from a partnership that has resulted in successfully launching the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and

WHEREAS, the university has a strong strategic interest in continuing to advance research and education in biomedicine, neuroscience, infectious disease, cardiovascular sciences, metabolism and obesity, biomaterials and body‐device interfaces; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute continues to exceed its goals and surpassed $100M in total research funding awarded; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine continues to exceed its goals as an accredited independent medical school; and

WHEREAS, the VTCSOM curriculum is innovative in its integration of research into the program of study resulting in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree including 126 on‐going research projects with 73 VTCSOM faculty mentors; and

WHEREAS, 100% of the physicians who have completed their education at the VTCSOM pass the US Medical Licensing Exam Step 3, and the school has a 100% residency matching rate for each graduating class; and

WHEREAS, the school and the Virginia Tech and Carilion partners have agreed to integrate the school into Virginia Tech as a college; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Tech will confer the MD degree upon the integration of the school into the university; and

WHEREAS, the MD curriculum was developed and approved by the VTCSOM faculty, under the governance oversight of the VTCSOM’s Medical Curriculum Committee that represents the faculty and the 11 departments that comprise the VTCSOM; and

WHEREAS, the MD curriculum continues to be taught and delivered solely by VTCSOM faculty and, thus, does not require resources from other colleges; and

WHEREAS, the VTCSOM including its MD curriculum is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) which is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA): and

WHEREAS, the VTCSOM is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the same body that accredits Virginia Tech; and

WHEREAS, the desire is for the University Council to affirm the integration of the VTCSOM and the MD degree program into the university; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the University Council votes to affirm and approve the integration of the VTCSOM as a college within Virginia Tech; and  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the University Council votes to approve the integration of the VTCSOM’s Doctor of Medicine degree and existing curriculum into the university’s graduate offerings.

The complete PPM No. 306 can be found on the Virginia Tech Policies webpage. For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Policy and Governance at 540-231-1493.