Medical Education and Student Affairs

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Medical Education and Student Affairs


Centra has a long tradition as a place of learning and teaching, beginning with the School of Nursing in 1912 and continuing with Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency in 1975. Every year, Centra employees and members of Central Virginia’s extended medical community help mentor and train hundreds of medical learners and allied health professionals. As the medical industry expands, area schools look to Centra to provide a quality medical learning experience for the next generation health care professionals. Unlike a traditional teaching hospital, Centra offers an innovative approach to medical and allied healthcare education, building precepting models geared towards interdisciplinary teams in acute and primary care settings. 

Centra welcomes LUCOM 3rd year medical students for 3rd year clerkships

Centra and the extended Central Virginia medical community serve as a formal clinical site for Liberty University's new College of Osteopathic Medicine. The inaugural class begin 3rd year clinical clerkship rotations in August 2016.

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Centra welcomes Lynchburg College MPAM Program kick-off

Students of Lynchburg College’s new Masters in Physician Assistant Medicine Program will complete Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) in 9 key specialties within Centra and the extended medical community beginning in June, 2016.

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Grand Opening of OMESA Office and Student Resource Center

Centra's new Office of Medical Education & Student Affairs has opened at 1901 Thomson Drive. The Student Resource Center is equipped with many amenities to create a great learning environment for the many learners that call Centra "home.” 

Preceptorships, Learners, and Affiliations

Preceptorships, Learners, and Affiliations
Preceptorships, Learners, and Affiliations

Types of Preceptorships

Nursing preceptorships
Medical School clinical clerkship rotations
Internships (clinical and administrative)
Short-term shadowing
Long-term shadowing

Types of Learners

Centra employees throughout the health system meet the learning needs of a wide variety of aspiring health professionals or continuing learners already in the medical field.

Types of learners include:

Medical Students
Physician Assistant students
Nurse Practitioner Students
Nurse Midwife Students
Allied Professional Students
High School Students


Centra has affiliation agreements with almost 100 regional schools, including:

Central Virginia Community College
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Liberty University
Lynchburg College
Randolph College
University of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University