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Medical Education and Student Affairs

CENTRA'S OFFICE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION AND STUDENT AFFAIRS 

Centra's Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs (OMESA) acts as an administrative center for student relations and onboarding within Centra. The OMESA team works on behalf of multiple academic partners to place medical learners within Centra's teaching practices and throughout the extended medical community. OMESA partners closely with the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) and the University of Lynchburg Master of Physician Assistant Medicine (MPAM) programs as well as other local academic programs in an effort to “educate the next generation of healthcare professionals in our community, for our community.”

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 College of Osteopathic Medicine. The inaugural class began 3rd year clinical clerkship rotations in August 2016.

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Centra welcomes LUCOM 4th year students for elective clerkships and audition rotations with CMG Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency

Centra and the extended Central Virginia medical community serve as elective rotation sites for Liberty’s 4th year College of Osteopathic Medicine students who complete their 3rd year clerkships in our area. The first 4th year class began their rotations July 2017. The focus of 4th year rotations is to secure residency slots through audition rotations in residency programs. Of the first LUCOM 4th year class, CMG Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency had multiple 4th year students apply to complete an audition rotation. Of the students who completed this rotation there resulted a match for one student to complete their residency with LFMR beginning July 2018.

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Centra welcomes University of Lynchburg MPAM Program students

Students of University of Lynchburg’s  Masters in Physician Assistant Medicine Program  complete Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) in 9 key specialties within Centra and the extended medical community. The first class completed their rotations, August, 2017. Of the inaugural class, ten students have chosen to stay and practice in the greater Lynchburg community with five of them employed in Centra Medical Group practices.

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Centra and Centra Medical Group Partner with University of Lynchburg’s Doctor of Medical Science for Physician Assistant Fellowships

Graduates of University of Lynchburg’s MPAM program have an opportunity to enroll in the University of Lynchburg’s Doctor of Medical Science program. This program is a nine-month doctorate with the requirement of a nine-month PA Fellowship in a local practice. Of the inaugural class of 2017/2018, eight PA Fellows were placed in Centra Medical Group practices. The second class of 2018/2019 has another eight PA Fellows placed in Centra Medical Group practices.

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OMESA Office and Student Resource Center

Centra's Office of Medical Education & Student Affairs is located 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

Graduate Nursing preceptorships
Medical School clinical clerkship rotations
Internships (clinical and administrative)
Short-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:

Residents
Medical Students
Physician Assistant Students
Nurse Practitioner Students
Nurse Midwifery Students
Allied Professional Students
High School Students

Affiliations

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

Central Virginia Community College
Hampden-Sydney College
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Liberty University
University of Lynchburg
Randolph College
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University