Medical school to offer program for underrepresented pre-med students

From: The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is launching The M.E.D.S. Experience — Medical Exposure for Diverse Students. The program targets first-year Virginia Tech students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine and are planning careers in medicine and research.

A primary goal of The MEDS Experience is to expand the students’ network and increase their awareness of opportunities in the health professions, with a specific focus becoming a physician. The weekend experience will include:

  •  Tour of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
  •  Overview of the VTCSOM application and admission process, and Early Identification Program
  •  Online MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) overview
  •  “Stop The Bleed” Training
  •  First Aid Course
  •  Exposure to clinical experiences


The program is FREE, including all meals, course materials, transportation to and from Roanoke!

When: The MEDS Experience will be Friday, Feb. 28- Sunday, March 1, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke.

Target audience and eligibility criteria:

 * First-year students at Virginia Tech

*  Students who are underrepresented in medicine, defined as:

        o   Racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population; at VTCSOM, those groups are African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Americans.

        o    Students from limited socio-economic backgrounds, first-generation college graduates and those with challenging experiences based on family, economic and social situations have a more limited opportunity to attend professional schools. 

*  Interested in a career in the health professions

*  Must be in good academic standing

-       Applicants must have no past or pending student conduct violations. Applications are due by Saturday, Feb. 1, and acceptance decisions will go out Friday, Feb. 7.  Apply here.

Program expectations: Students invited to participate in the program must be actively engaged in all facets of The MEDS Experience on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 1 at 8 a.m.-12 noon.

Questions: Contact Karyna Nevarez at if you have questions.