Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s Inaugural Medical Education Lecture Honors the Late Richard C. Vari | VTX


“When Dr. Vari started talking, everyone listened because they knew it was going to be important. He wanted us to come away with a deep understanding. He had a passion for it. »

Michael Gallagher, a 2017 graduate of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM), summed up what many students thought of Richard C. Vari, the founding dean of the school’s curriculum who became senior dean academic affairs. Vari died of complications from ALS in June.

To honor Vari and her legacy, the school has created an endowed speaker position each year to introduce an internationally recognized innovator in medical education as part of TEACH Education Day. TEACH is the Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare that promotes learning excellence at VTCSOM, Carilion Clinic and Radford Carilion University by building a community of educators and fostering their development as teachers , learners and educational researchers.

VTCSOM will host the inaugural Richard C. Vari Endowed Lecture at noon on October 27 at 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke. Louis Pangaro, professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, will present “What Does Physiology Teach Us About Assessment and Evaluation?” Pangaro will explore ways to foster independence in medical students and how the process can be observed and measured physiologically effectively. Due to the special nature of this event, in-person attendance is strongly encouraged

Pangaro earned her medical degree and completed her residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in endocrinology at Georgetown University. He was a research fellow in endocrinology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and joined Uniformed Services University in 1978. In 1998 he was named a full professor. Pangaro’s scientific work focuses on the competency assessment of medical trainees and he has published over 100 articles related to medical education.

Register for the in-person conference to be held at the medical school.

If you would like to attend virtually, follow the Zoom link.

Beginning at 4 p.m. on October 27, there will be a poster session, podium presentations and an announcement of the 2022 annual TEACH Award winners at the Carilion Clinic Center for Simulation, Research and Patient Safety, located at 15 Old Woods Ave. .in Roanoke.

Register for this in-person event at the Simulation Center.

Thanks to the generosity of those who knew and loved Vari, VTCSOM is more than halfway to its fundraising goal for the staffed speaker position. To date, over $150,000 has been raised.

Contribute to staffing.

“Rick had a great personality and a humanistic nature,” said VTCSOM Dean Lee Learman. “He was a master educator, innovator, leader and bridge builder. The Vari conference will honor his legacy by showcasing an inspiring international thought leader in medical education for years to come.


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