Blacksburg, Va., Nov. 16, 2009 –
VCOM has had a collaborative partnership with Virginia Tech in research and students services since 2002. VCOM events such as the annual White Coat Ceremony and Commencement are held on the Virginia Tech campus.
Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) have teamed up to launch a cooperative two-degree program that allows students to earn both the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Business Administration.
“After medical school, many osteopathic physicians go directly into private practice for which a certain amount of business education is needed,” says Pamplin Dean Richard E. Sorensen. “A business education is particularly valuable for physicians seeking positions as hospital or other health-care administrators or those seeking to manage their own practice.”
Under the dual-degree program, VCOM students would complete the MBA requirements between their third and fourth years of medical school. “We may later offer students an option to complete the MBA before starting medical school,” Sorensen says.
Steve Skripak, Pamplin associate dean of graduate programs, says the program expects to admit 3-5 VCOM students a year, to be selected jointly by VCOM and MBA administrators. Admitted students must meet academic benchmarks for admission to the dual-degree program, he says, and would have passed their first round of medical board exams.
Students would take a combination of existing MBA courses, new hospital administration courses to be created by VCOM, and free electives from either courses in the Pamplin College or from within an approved set of VCOM courses.
MBA core courses would comprise 27 of the required 48-credit hour curriculum. In addition, Skripak says, students would take a three-credit course in entrepreneurial leadership, “as many will essentially become entrepreneurs by opening their own practices.”
Hara Misra, VCOM’s associate vice president for research and graduate studies, says his college will develop six new credits in the field of hospital administration. The remaining 12 credits would be electives from one or both colleges.
VCOM and Virginia Tech have had a collaborative agreement in research and student services since 2002, when the osteopathic medical school was first established in Blacksburg. “This joint venture between VCOM and the Pamplin College of Business is a natural evolution of our now seven-year collaboration and provides students with the benefits of two strong academic programs,” says VCOM President Jim Wolfe.
The dual-degree format is similar in concept to the recently approved cooperative degree program between the MBA program and Tech’s Myers-Lawson School of Construction. “Our MBA program continues to grow,” Skripak says. “The joint program can bring us highly qualified students who as health professionals will bring a new and different perspective into the classroom, to the benefit of all students in the program.”For more information about the Pamplin-VCOM program, please contact Steve Skripak at firstname.lastname@example.org, or William P. King, VCOM associate dean for student services, at email@example.com.
Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of ethical values and leadership, technology, and international business skills. Its centers focus on business leadership, business diversity, electronic commerce, forest industries, organizational performance, and services innovation. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students. It is named in honor of alumnus Robert B. Pamplin, who died in June 2009 at age 97 and was the retired CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, philanthropist, and alumnus Robert B. Pamplin Jr.
Located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) provides education and research that prepares globally minded, community focused physicians to improve the health of those most in need. VCOM has been a collaborative partner of Virginia Tech since 2002 and graduated its first class of 141 physicians in 2007.