August 6, 2012
Orientation for the Class of 2016 was held at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Virginia Campus on August 2 and 3, 2012, and 188 eager medical students officially began their path to become physicians.
According to Steve Foster, a new student at VCOM and a graduate of James Madison University, “Orientation enhanced my pride in the VCOM community. Faculty, administration, and upperclassmen are all part of a special family and that was reinforced by a great orientation program. I couldn’t ask for a better group of peers with whom to learn medicine!”
This is the 10th class that VCOM - Virginia Campus proudly brought to the New River Valley.
The medical school, which awards the osteopathic medical degree (D.O.) is located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center and is a collaborative partner of Virginia Tech.
Bill Hazel, M.D., Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, made a guest appearance at orientation to welcome the new students.
Dr. Hazel commented on the difference VCOM is making in Southwest Virginia, and how the college is meeting its mission to provide primary care physicians in the area. He also applauded the strong performance and medical skills of the VCOM upperclassmen he has worked with at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) program in Wise.
The VCOM-Virginia Campus’ Class of 2016 is comprised of 27 graduates from Virginia Tech, 13 graduates from the University of Virginia, and nine graduates from James Madison University. The majority of the class comes from Appalachian states, with 73 students hailing from the Commonwealth of Virginia.