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Our Mission and Values
he MISSION of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is to provide medical education and research that prepares globally minded, community-focused physicians and to improve the health of those most in need.VCOM’s faculty, staff, and students VALUE: Professionalism, integrity, duty, compassion, altruism, knowledge, and critical thinking. To meet this mission, VCOM actively recruits students most likely to meet our mission and aligned with our values. Although VCOM seeks students from rural and Appalachian regions, all qualified applicants are considered and students are accepted from areas throughout the United States.
In addition to preparing osteopathic physicians to serve in the rural and underserved areas of Virginia, North Carolina and the Appalachian Region, VCOM offers opportunities in international medicine, sports medicine, biomedical and clinical research, and dual degree programs.
VCOM provides a family-oriented atmosphere nurturing our students and encourages cooperation and teamwork amongst our students. VCOM's students are highly motivated and hold many regional, state and national leadership positions. VCOM's curriculum offers students hands-on labs, lectures and problem-solving on-line and small group experiences in the first and second years, with clinical instruction at hospitals and clinics for the third and fourth year students.
Consider visiting VCOM to discover why the college is a place that students can explore their interests and achieve their goal of becoming an osteopathic physician.
Dr. Teresa Johnson (Graduate, Class of 2011) and Student Doctor Nikki Rochester, Class of 2015, Virginia Campus, represented VCOM at the recent National Association of Minority Medical Educators (NAMME) Conference this past fall. VCOM is committed to the recruitment of students who are underrepresented in medicine and who have an interest in serving underserved populations.