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Applicants are required to review the following requirements for Admission:
Students must complete courses in biology, physics, inorganic chemistry, English, and demonstrate the ability to master the subject matter of those courses. The student’s grade point average (GPA) in required courses weighs heavily in the admissions consideration. Applicants are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). In addition to demonstrated knowledge, acceptance is also based on the interview process. The applicant’s ability to demonstrate a history of compassion, empathy, dedication and interest in patient care, an orientation to a rural or primary care medicine, and/or to research is considered in the admissions process. Other qualities that reflect the student’s ability to adapt to a rigorous academic environment and to a future as a professional provide an advantage in the application process.
Applicants for admission must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation:
Note: Courses with equivalent content will be reviewed. VCOM follows the AACOMAS definition of science courses to determine science GPA and science hours. See AACOMAS website.
It is important that students review the Technical Standards for Admission and Successful Completion of the Osteopathic Program in the "Recruitment and Admissions" section of the College Catalog and Student Handbook at VCOM prior to beginning clinical rotations, just as they did prior to enrollment. The student must self identify if they do not meet technical standards, especially those related to safety and proficiency in patient care.
A background check is mandatory prior to matriculation and will be required again during enrollment. The policy can be found in in the "Recruitment and Admissions" section of the College Catalog and Student Handbook.
Class of 2015
Undergraduate: Auburn University, Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology
Interests: Working with At Risk Youth, Adventure Races, Mountain Biking, Snow Skiing, Consuming copious amount of black coffee (thank you medical school).
Planned Specialty: Either Emergency Medicine or Global Mission Medicine
I chose Osteopathic medicine because I have always believed in the importance of maintaining overall physical, mental and social wellbeing. Osteopathic medicine focuses on a whole person three dimensional approach treating mind, body and spirit to help persons achieve optimal health. Choosing to become an osteopathic physician is truly an extension of my personality and I will enjoy caring for patients adhering to the principles which set osteopathic medicine apart.
The accomplishment I am most proud of is acceptance into the inaugural class at VCOM Carolinas. As a non-traditional student who spent time working in the corporate world and teaching underserved youth I gained numerous skills that led me to choosing a field where I could do the greatest good possible serving others as a physician.I enjoy living in Upstate South Carolina because of the plethora of outdoor activities available to participate in. Upstate South Carolina has some of the greatest hiking and biking trails all within a short drive of the Carolinas Campus which is great when you need a break from the daily grind of studying. Spartanburg is a quaint town that has embraced the students from VCOM.