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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-Virginia Campus)

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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus
2265 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Main phone: (540) 231-4000
Website

Admissions office
Email: admissions@vcom.vt.edu
Phone: (540) 231-6138
Fax: (540) 231-4000
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: 
Blacksburg, Virginia; College town; Virginia Tech 

Year founded: 2003

Type: Private, non-profit

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

Institutional affiliation: 
Virginia Tech

Facilities:

The largest Virginia Campus academic building is approximately 60,000 square feet and is situated on a 13-acre campus with an amphitheater, lakes, and walking trails.

  • VCOM-Virginia Campus offers a state-of-the-art anatomy lab; two theater style classrooms, small group rooms, and laboratory facilities.
  • VCOM-Virginia Campus employs state-of-the-art technology in delivering curriculum, including high-tech classroom facilities and wireless access across the campus.
  • The 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art Center for Simulation and Technology houses simulated patient and treatment rooms including surgery, pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and intensive care unit.
  • Osteopathic manipulation labs provide an intimate educational environment.
  • The Institute for Biomechanical and Sports Medicine Research (VCOM II) houses a deceleration sled and an 11,000 square foot conference center available in the building for functions.
  • A 21,000-square-foot research laboratory houses nine biomedical research laboratories.

Student residence options: 
The town of Blacksburg and the New River Valley provide an array of housing opportunities for Virginia campus students. Private apartment and town-home complexes catering to graduate students and young professionals are conveniently located across the street, throughout Blacksburg, and in neighboring communities. Virginia campus students also enjoy the serene environment of the surrounding rural areas.

2016-2017 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 747
  • Total male: 355
  • Total female: 392
  • First-year enrollment: 188
  • First-year male: 88
  • First-year female: 100
  • First-year in-state: 121
  • First-year out-of-state: 67

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 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

VCOM Graduate Certificate Premedical Program
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. www.vcom.edu/premedical_admissions.

Special Programs

Community Outreach
Each week faculty and students provide health care for medically underserved and disadvantaged populations in Virginia and the Appalachian region. Students participate in projects to improve the health and wellness of a community as a part of their curriculum and through volunteer programs.

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 health care and public health practices.

Sports Medicine
VCOM students have the opportunity to work with renowned sports medicine faculty who provide care for Division 1 athletes at Virginia Tech, Olympic athletes at Winter Games, PGA tournaments, and with athletes from Radford University and the region's high school teams. The school also sponsors a sports medicine fellowship for those wishing to enter this field.

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 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: 
VCOM seeks to admit a portion of the class from qualified applicants based in Virginia. All qualified applicants are considered, and students are accepted from areas throughout the United States and the Appalachian Region (the Appalachian region consists of rural and underserved areas of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia). 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, healthcare 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: 
Yes. 
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-Virginia Campus includes an information session, one-on-one interviews, a tour of the Virginia campus, lunch with VCOM students, a tour of Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech 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 with lab
  • Organic Chemistry, 6-8 semester hours with lab
  • Inorganic Chemistry, 6-8 semester hours with lab
  • Physics, 6-8 semester hours with lab

*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
  • Behavioral Science Courses (preparation for 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
  • Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: AACOMAS traffic guidelines
  • Earliest acceptance date: 10/1/2017
  • Latest acceptance date: Until class is filled
  • 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: 20%
  • Black or African-American: 6.29%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 8%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 58.29%
  • Multiple Races: 4%
  • Undisclosed: 3.43%   

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 86%
  • Non-Science majors: 13%
  • Graduate degree(s): 12%

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
  • Tuition and 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