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Virginia Tech Carilion wins competitive bid to host international conference in 2015

By Nadine Maeser
Published On: Jun 06 2013 01:51:54 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 06 2013 06:23:47 PM EDT
Virginia Tech Carilion wins competitive bid to host international conference in 2015
ROANOKE, Va. -

Virginia Tech Carilion was up against some of the best of the best and landed on top.

The medical school is helping to put Roanoke on the map, but it's not going to be an easy task.

Virginia Tech Carilion has been chosen to host an international medical conference in 2015.

Planning has already started for the fifth annual Collaborating Across Borders and it's not only a huge step for the school in the medical world, but also for the Roanoke tourism industry.

The event is sponsored every two years by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and is the premier North American conference on educating and implementing effective health care teams, according to VTC.

"This came across my email as a request for an application and I thought about deleting it and the more I thought about it Roanoke can do this conference," said Dr. David Trinkle, conference chair and associate dean for community and culture at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

VTC was chosen out of dozens of universities and medical schools in the country to host the medical event.

"It is international,” said Trinkle. “It attracts a lot of different health care providers, educators and practices."

Trinkle said the site-selection process was competitive and tough and that’s why the medical school and research institute created a YouTube video to sell itself.

"We actually are the only school in the country that has a department of inter-professionalism," said Dr. Cynda Johnson, dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

The school also had to showcase what Roanoke has to offer because at least a thousand people, if not more, are expected to attend.

"It's big news for us whenever we can get that kind of exposure," said Catherine Fox with the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

She said an event of this size and reputation can only help set the standard for any and all conferences looking to set up shop here.

"Everyone buys into it and it brings a positive spirit and an interest to bring people here and the more opportunities we have to do that the more opportunities we'll have for conferences," she said.

The school is already in the planning stages even though the conference is two years away.

Organizers plan to start making contact the visitor’s bureau, hotels and restaurants in the area.

The conference is a three-day event and will take place at the Hotel Roanoke in September of 2015.