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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC)

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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas Campus
350 Howard Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Main phone: (864) 327-9800
Website

Admissions office
Email: admissions-carolinas@carolinas.vcom.edu
Phone: (864) 327-9906
Fax: (864) 804-6986
Admissions Website

General Information

Mission Statement

The MISSION of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is to prepare globally minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations and promote research to improve human health. VCOM faculty staff and students VALUE: professionalism, integrity, duty, compassion, altruism, knowledge, and critical thinking.

COM Description

VCOM is committed to serving the rural and underserved areas of the Appalachian region, providing international medical service, enhancing diversity, and advancing medical research.

Campus setting: 
Fast-growing college town, home to Wofford College, Converse College, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Methodist College, Spartanburg College, and VCOM. The "College-Town" programs collaborate to offer exciting opportunities for all students. 

Year founded: 2010

Type: Private, non-profit

Accreditation: 
VCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

Institutional affiliation: 
VCOM-Carolinas Campus is a member of CollegeTown, a consoritum of upstate colleges and universities; is the medical partner for Gibbs Cancer Institute; students are eligible for sports event tickets at Clemson University.

Facilities:
The main Carolinas Campus building is 70,000 square feet and located on a beautiful 18-acre campus with a lake and walking trail.

  • The Carolinas Campus offers a state-of-the-art anatomy lab with plastinated specimens and a ventilation system that allows the air to circulate 15 times per hour, two theatre style classrooms, and 20 moderately sized group learning rooms.
  • Research facilities are located adjacent to the main campus.
  • The Carolinas Campus employs state-of-the-art technology in delivering curriculum including high-tech classroom facilities and wireless access across the campus.
  • SIM Center: The state-of-the-art Center for Simulation Technology houses simulated patient and treatment rooms including surgery, pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and intensive care.
  • YMCA Program: Students at the VCOM-Carolinas Campus are offered a membership to the YMCA of Spartanburg. The YMCA provides a wide variety of education and recreational programs that foster growth in spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA is a state-of-the-art workout facility that offers a personalized wellness plan, fitness classes, club sports, and personal training. VCOM-Carolinas Campus students are also offered the opportunity to play club sports through the Spartanburg Sports League and attend a variety of sporting events, including Clemson University football, Greenville Drive baseball, and Greenville Road Warriors hockey.

Student residence options: 
The town of Spartanburg provides an array of housing opportunities for Carolinas Campus students. Private apartment and town-home complexes catering to graduate students and young professionals are conveniently located throughout Spartanburg, and in neighboring Communities. Carolinas Campus students also enjoy the serene environment of the surrounding areas.

2016-2017 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 644
  • Total male: 314
  • Total female: 330
  • First-year enrollment: 162
  • First-year male: 72
  • First-year female: 90
  • First-year in-state: 32
  • First-year out-of-state: 130

Curricular Offerings

The curriculum at VCOM is innovative and modern. The faculty of VCOM recognizes that students learn in a number of ways. Students generally assimilate a knowledge base through instruction, reading and experience. VCOM uses a hybrid curriculum consisting of lectures, computerized case tutorials, laboratory experiences, clinical skills laboratories, and clinical experiences throughout the four years.

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

For information on VCOM's dual degree/concurrent program offerings, visit www.vcom.edu/admissions/parallel-degree

Preparatory Programs

The VCOM Graduate Certificate Premedical Program (Virginia Campus)
This is a one-year graduate level program designed for students who need to enhance their academics in order to gain acceptance to an osteopathic (DO) or allopathic (MD) medical program. It provides an opportunity for highly motivated individuals to grow as a student and to improve their academics to a level that can allow them to earn admittance into medical school. The program is offered to attract individuals from rural areas, low socioeconomic status backgrounds, and underrepresented minorities, although acceptance is not limited to individuals from these groups. https://www.vcom.edu/premedical_admissions.

Special Programs

Community Outreach
On a regular basis, faculty and students provide healthcare for medically underserved and disadvantaged populations in the Carolinas through free clinics. Students participate in projects to improve the health and wellness in the community. 

Global Outreach
Embracing the one world – one health concept, VCOM faculty and students provide global health outreach programs in El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Students benefit from the sharing of cultural experiences, medical education and public health practices that in turn improve the health of the remote communities served. VCOM provides sustainable year-round health clinics in all three countries to ensure a continual improvement in healthcare and public health practices.

Geriatrics
VCOM has several outreach and other educational opportunities in the field of geriatrics for interested students.

Via Wellness Program
To promote a healthy mind, body, and spirit, faculty and students know the message must start at home. Faculty and students structure and participate in the Via Wellness Program, the program provides enrichment to campus life through a wide variety of sports, individual exercise programs, a social program, cultural programs, and spiritual programs. Families are included in all programs. Fitness awards are provided for those who achieve various levels of participation. 

Pediatrics Outreach
VCOM Carolinas wishes to provide an exciting unique experience for the clinical students while developing compassionate student physicians capable of caring for these extraordinary patients, through immunization and school health projects. www.vcom.edu/pediatrics.

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2017)
  • Primary application deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: Rolling
  • Submission timing for best consideration:
    For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least five weeks in advance of the latest filing date, as VCOM is on a rolling admissions process and seats may be filled prior to this date.  

Admissions Process

VCOM utilizes a rolling admissions process. The steps below outline our admissions process:

  • Determine if you are a qualified applicant
  • Submit your application
  • If invited, complete the secondary application
  • Submit letters of recommendation
  • If invited, schedule your interview
First-year class matriculant's selection factors: 
All qualified applicants are considered, and students are accepted from areas throughout the United States. VCOM seeks to admit a portion of the class from qualified applicants based in South Carolina, North Carolina, and from Southern states. VCOM screens all AACOMAS applications within two to three weeks of receipt. Candidates who present a strong science GPA and MCAT score are invited to submit the secondary application and letters of recommendation. Completed applications are reviewed for academic preparedness, health care experience, volunteer outreach, fit with VCOM's mission, and commitment to the osteopathic profession. VCOM utilizes a rolling admissions process. Thus, candidates who submit an application early and return all required documents promptly will be at an advantage in the admissions process. VCOM recognizes, values, and affirms that diversity contributes richness to the college and enhances the quality of education.

International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: International students are considered only in select cases.

MCAT

  • Oldest MCAT considered: April 2014
  • Accept September 2017 MCAT scores: Yes
  • Accept January 2018 MCAT scores: Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Virtual Evals
  • Interfolio
  • Paper

Interview Format

The interview day at VCOM-Carolinas Campus includes an information session, one-on-one interviews, lunch with VCOM students, a tour of the area adjacent to campus, and a session with a representative of the financial aid office.

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2017
  • Supplemental application deadline: Rolling
  • Supplemental application requirements:
    In order to be considered for a Secondary Application, candidates must present a competitive science GPA, overall GPA, and MCAT score. (See VCOM's website for more information.) A letter of recommendation from a premedical advisor or science faculty member who has taught the applicant is required. Additionally, shadowing with a physician and a letter of recommendation from that physician is required. If that experience was with a DO, all requirements will be met. If not, the student may be required to spend time meeting with a DO. See the VCOM website and secondary application for ways to meet this requirement if a DO did not write the required letter.
  • Fee waiver available: Yes
  • Waiver conditions: 
    AACOMAS waiver.
  • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
    Screened applicants - please include criteria (Required): In order to be considered for a Secondary Application, candidates must present a competitive science GPA, overall GPA and MCAT score. (See VCOM's website for more information.)
  • Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses

Required:

  • Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours
  • Organic Chemistry, 6-8 semester hours
  • Inorganic Chemistry, 6-8 semester hours
  • Physics, 6-8 semester hours

*VCOM requires six additional biomedical credits at the 300 level or above for matriculation, 6 semester hours

Recommended: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology

Non-Science Courses

Required:

  • College English, 6 semester hours

Recommended:

  • Math/Statistics
  • Behaviorial Science Courses (preparation for the MCAT)

Acceptances

Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
  • Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
  • Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
  • Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
  • Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
  • Earliest acceptance date: 10/1/2017
  • Latest acceptance date: Rolling
  • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/30/2018 (Approximate)

Early Decision Program

  • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: Yes     
  • EDP available for: Residents, Non-residents
  • EDP application due date: 7/1/2017
  • EDP applications submitted to:  AACOMAS
  • EDP supplemental materials due: 8/15/2017
  • Date EDP applicants notified: By early October 2017.

First-Year Class Matriculants

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity 

Matriculants from the 2015-2016 application cycle.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 12.12%
  • Black or African-American: 0.76%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 11.36%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 69.70%
  • Multiple Races: 2.27%
  • Undisclosed: 3.79% 

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 86.1%
  • Non-Science majors: 13.9%
  • Graduate degree(s): 13.3%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2016-17 annual resident tuition: $43,800
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident tuition: $43,800
  • 2016-17 annual resident fees: $0
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident fees: $0
  • 2016-17 annual health insurance fee: $0
  • Fees include:
    • Student Services
    • Lab
    • Student Activities
    • Technology (not computer) 
    • Health Service
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $28,430
  • Average 2016 graduate indebtedness: $213,610

Deposit

  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,500, non-refundable
  • Additional deposit amount: $0
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 91.1%
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: $15,196