March 28, 2011
A dozen VCOM students provided health screenings and osteopathic manipulative treatments (OMT) to a Hispanic community in Roanoke Virginia. The students from VCOM’s Hispanic Community Medical Outreach (HCMO) student organization set up osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) tables and information booths in the gymnasium of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Roanoke to provide free care to local residents, most of whom were Spanish speaking.
Dean Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, Vice Dean Willcox, and Dr. Susan Williams precepted the students as they provided OMT, blood pressure screenings, body mass index (BMI) readings, blood glucose/diabetes screenings, ear and eye examinations, as well as cancer and osteoporosis prevention information.
According to Carly Ragland, a second year medical student at VCOM and president of the HCMO, “The event went well. We were happy to help a community that needed it and to provide important preventative health information. As future osteopathic physicians it is important to promote preventative care and teach the community what it is to be a doctor of osteopathic medicine.”
VCOM has been ranked in Hispanic Business Magazine as a top medical school for Hispanic students for the recent four years. With a strong medical mission program centered around three Central American Countries, VCOM students are committed to mission medicine and the care of diverse populations.