News and Events

Medicine and Society Mashup

11:00-12:00 pm on the last Friday of the month


The Medicine and Society Minor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech will be hosting a series of virtual events for students, faculty, and community members interested in health, medicine, and the life sciences. These monthly events will provide insight into social, political, economic and cultural issues related to biomedical and health professions, practices, policies, and technologies. You do not need to be enrolled in the minor to attend.




February 26: “Social justice advocacy in medical education: A student perspective.” This event will feature two currently matriculated medical students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine who will speak about the challenges of and opportunities for social justice advocacy in medical school.


March 26: “Refugee mental health.” This event will feature health workers who support refugees in Roanoke and Blacksburg. It will discuss the importance of mental health, especially trauma-informed care, when considering the health of displaced populations.


April 30: “Service learning for health.” This event will feature representatives from local healthcare organizations alongside Dr. Cora Olson, a senior instructor at Virginia Tech. The panelists will discuss service learning opportunities in health care and related fields. You will also learn about the on-campus student group that Dr. Olson runs.


May 28: “Choosing the right career in health: A student perspective.” This event will feature former and current Virginia Tech students who struggled to figure out which career in the health professions to pursue. They will share how they decided whether to go into medicine, public health, or to do bench research and will discuss how they decided which school to attend after graduation.


For questions or to join the minor, please contact Dr. Rebecca Hester (