11/13/13 - Carolinass Campus
In honor of Veterans Day, the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons at the VCOM – Carolinas Campus relied on the help of local elementary and high school students to recognize Veterans in a special way.
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11/11/13 - Virginia Campus
On November 8, 34 second year students and six faculty from VCOM traveled to the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia to offer free health screening services at the Mistletoe Market. (Read complete article )
11/6/13 - Virginia Campus
VCOM presented the first ever Orthopedic Boot Camp over a two-day span on November 1 and 2. Ken D’Amato, D.O., FAOAO, Discipline Chair of Surgery, was the program chair of the boot camp, conducting the event along with his colleagues.
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11/6/13 - Virginia and Carolinas Campus
VCOM is proud to announce five new recipients of the National Health Services Corps Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Students receiving this award competed at a national level with other students throughout the healthcare field.
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11/4/13 - Carolinas Campus
The American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) student organization at the VCOM – Carolinas Campus hosted its second annual Kids Wellness Fair on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
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10/30/13 - Virginia Campus
Following the decision of Johnston Memorial Hospital to develop graduate medical education this past week, VCOM is announcing their plans for a clinical campus in Abingdon, Virginia. (Read complete article )
10/29/13 - Virginia Campus
Officials at Johnston Memorial Hospital announced Tuesday that the hospital’s board of directors has voted to partner with VCOM to establish a residency program in Abingdon. (Read complete article )
10/23/13 - Virginia Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) held its second annual homecoming the weekend of October 18 -20, 2013 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, VA. Homecoming was held in conjunction with the Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA) Continuing Medical Education Conference. (Read complete article )
10/21/13 - Virginia Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine's eleventh White Coat ceremony was held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Burruss Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech. More than 1,400 faculty, family members and guests viewed the ceremony as 188 VCOM students from the Class of 2017 were cloaked with their first white coats. (Read complete article )
10/15/13 - Virginia Campus
A research scientist at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) has been issued a patent on a chemical formulation that has demonstrated the ability to kill cancer cells on contact. The materials could be produced as either treatments or preventatives against a number of different types of cancer. (Read complete article )
10/16/13 - Virginia Campus
Anca Chirvasuta, a first year student at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), came up with the idea to start the Warm and Fuzzy Boards to encourage her fellow classmates during finals week. (Read complete article )
8/28/13 - Virginia Campus
Sofia Abraham-Hardee, D.O., has taken over the position of Discipline Chair of Pediatrics at the VCOM - Virginia Campus. She is a graduate of the VCOM Class of 2007 where she earned a dual D.O. and Ph.D. degree. (Read complete article )
8/23/13 - Carolinas Campus
The American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) student organization at the VCOM - Carolinas Campus played a major role at the Middle Tyger Community Center Back to School Day community celebration on Saturday, August 17, helping to provide health screenings for local children. (Read complete article )
8/02/13 - Carolinas Campus
In June 2013, students from the Class of 2016 at the VCOM - Carolinas Campus completed a medical mission trip to El Salvador. This outreach trip was the first for the Class of 2016, and the third for the Carolinas Campus. (Read complete article )
8/01/13 - Virginia Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) recently provided a screening clinic at Expo Fifty. The expo specifically targeted those over fifty years of age and all others who are interested in senior products and services, and was held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia, on July 20, 2013. (Read complete article )
In July 2013, a team from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Virginia Campus embarked on a one-week medical outreach trip to Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras. The host for the VCOM team was Mission UpReach with support from local physicians, volunteer translators, the humanitarian initiative of the Honduran Military, and the Honduran Ministry of Health. (Read complete article )
Ashley DiMeola, VCOM graduate, Class of 2008, makes local news for practicing medicine with a company in Austin, TX that has revived the practice of making house calls. (Read complete article )
7/18/13 - Carolinas Campus
Two rising second year students are the first from the VCOM - Carolinas Campus to be part of a pilot program for summer research at the Gibbs Research Institute. (Read complete article )
7/05/13 - Carolinas Campus
Students from the VCOM - Carolinas Campus were recognized recently for their contributions to Osteopathic Family Physician, the official journal of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. (Read complete article )
7/05/13 - Carolinas Campus
Petra Warren, M.D., discipline chair of underserved care at the VCOM - Carolinas Campus, was announced as the recipient of the 2013 South Carolina AHEC James G. Halford Award in recognition of outstanding leadership in providing humane education. (Read complete article )
7/02/13 - Virginia Campus
WSLS reports as VCOM faculty and students provide medical care to participants of the Greenbrier PGA tour. (Watch video )
6/28/13 - Carolinas Campus
The American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine organization at the VCOM - Carolinas Campus helped run the end of the season celebration for the Carolina Miracle League in June. (Read complete article )
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) was honored to have Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2013 on Saturday, June 1, in the Burruss Hall auditorium. (Read complete article )
VCOM was recently named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the ten most affordable private medical schools in the nation. (Read complete article )
6/25/13 - Virginia Campus
The workshop, held at the Virginia Campus, was designed for residents who are in the early years of training and have an interest in enhancing their skills in the area of brain and spine pathologymanagement and surgery. (Read complete article )
6/3/13 - Carolinas Campus
A bomb squad robot, a decontamination tent and the South Carolina National Guard team that would respond to a weapon of mass destruction attack were among the draws during the first day of training meant to prepare students and first responders for disasters at the VCOM - Carolinas Campus. (Read complete article )
5/24/13 - Virginia Campus
Danielle Deines graduated from VCOM last year and came back for the ninth annual Bioterrorism and Disaster Responses Program to talk about helping victims during the Boston bombings. (Read complete article )
5/17/13 - Carolinas Campus
The VCOM – Carolinas Campus student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) was recently named National Student Club of the Year at the 2013 ACOP/AAP conference. (Read complete article )
At their conference in April 2013, the VCOM - Carolinas Campus Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation student organization was recognized as the Chapter of the Year. Virginia Campus student Marc Grunner was also recognized as Student Leader of the Year. (Read complete article )
4/23/13 - Virginia Campus
VCOM is pleased to announce “Passion’s Slave: Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Humors”, a public talk by Katharine Cleland, Ph.D., May 9 at 5:30 p.m. (Read complete article )
4/15/2013 - Carolinas Campus
VCOM has formed a collaborative partnership with the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute, an alliance which has led to the development of an innovative cancer research facility and has provided significant opportunities for continuing medical education and research at the Carolinas Campus. (Read complete article )
4/12/2013 - Carolinas Campus
VCOM and the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute recently celebrated the grand opening of their new collaborative cancer and stem cell laboratory, and were joined by NASA officials for a conference on Space, Cancer and Medicine, hosted by the Carolinas Campus. (Read complete article )
4/11/2013 - Virginia Campus
Student Monica Ruiz, VCOM’s Hispanic Community Medical Outreach (HCMO) Chair, was elected as the Political Chair for the Southeast region of the Latino Student Medical Association at the organization's recent conference. (Read complete article )
4/9/2013 - Virginia Campus
The VCOM - Virginia Campus student chapter of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) was awarded national chapter of the year for the third time in four years at the 2013 AOASM national meeting. (Read complete article )
4/5/2013 - Carolinas Campus
VCOM's momentous decision to build a medical school in the middle of an impoverished area near downtown during a recession was not only a surprise, but it is helping provide the impetus for revival on the city’s north side. (Read complete article )
4/3/2013 - Carolinas Campus
VCOM receives recognition for increasing diversity, tackles the challenge of making healthcare and medical education more accessible. (Read complete article )
VCOM is a proud supporter of the National Hispanic Medical Association. Please join us for the NHMA 17th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, April 25-28, 2013. (Read complete article )
A percentage of each purchase will benefit the Empress-Janeen Hughes Memorial Scholarship for Pediatrics. (Read complete article )
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has been ranked #9 in the US News and World Report category, "Which schools turn out the most primary care residents?" (Read complete article )
3/11/2013 - Virginia Campus
VCOM was recently named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. (Read complete article )
2/28/2013 - Virginia Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) was presented a Silver ADDY® award for its 2012 10th Anniversary Special Edition Annual Report and Yearbook. This prestigious award is the second one for the college, having also received a Silver ADDY for it's 2010 Annual Report and Yearbook. (Read complete article )
2/27/2013 - Virginia Campus
John A. Cifala, D.O., a founding member of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) board of directors, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the age of 90. The VCOM family will miss Dr. Cifala, a good friend and extraordinary champion for osteopathic medicine. (Read complete article )
2/22/2013 - Carolinas Campus
College students from the area raised $44,220 for the Gibbs Cancer Center during the College Town All Nighter dance marathon event, which was directed by second year VCOM student Kristen Langlois. (Read complete article )
2/1/2013 - Virginia Campus
VCOM is proud to announce that 113 physician faculty members were recognized in WDBJ7 and Ourhealth Magazine’s “Best Bedside Manner Awards Winners for Southwest Virginia 2012.” As part of VCOM’s mission to provide community-focused and compassionate physicians, faculty members are integral in teaching and mentoring students to become the next generation of healthcare leaders. (Read complete article )
The 2012 Collegiate Advertising Awards–Gold Award, in the annual report category, was presented to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) for Special Edition Annual Report: 10 Years—Celebrating the Past, Envisioning the Future. (Read complete article )
“VCOM students are hand-selected by a committee to become interviewers, go through training, and then rotate in groups of eight to evaluate the interviewees’ fit and potential as fellow students at VCOM.” (Read complete article )
For the second year in a row, VCOM has received national recognition as an institutional role model for increasing minority access in health and education, as well as national mentorship by a primary administrator. (Read complete article )
1/17/2013 - Virginia Campus
The VCOM – Virginia Campus hosted the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) Southeast Region Student Conference this month, as well as a presentation by speaker LTC Daniel Johnston, M.D., M.P.H., a board-certified military physician who served as the medical aid to the President and flight surgeon for the Pentagon. (Read complete article )
1/16/2013 - Virginia Campus
Five faculty members of the VCOM - Virginia Campus began the new year on a particularly positive note due to research funding awards and promotions. (Read complete article )
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Gibbs Cancer Center earns reaccreditation with honors from national consortium of oncology leaders. (Read complete article )
12/17/2012 - Carolinas Campus
The VCOM - Carolinas Campus has received paper scholarship applications from the South Carolina Medical Association Foundation for the 2013-2014 school year. There are fourteen scholarships available this coming year to qualified students totaling $28,500. (Read complete article )
12/12/2012 - Virginia Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Virginia Campus family medicine student organization, part of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), hosted a “Be The Match” bone marrow registry drive on December 12, 2012. (Read complete article )
12/5/2012 - Carolinas Campus
The VCOM - Carolinas Campus is reconstructing the DuPre House, a historic structure with deep roots in Spartanburg. (Read complete article )
12/5/2012 - Carolinas Campus
Lindsey Ridgeway, M.Ed., Director of Student Services at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Carolinas Campus, received the Walter T. Cox New Professional Award, recognizing outstanding contributions in the field of student affairs by a new professional. (Read complete article )
11/28/2012 - Virginia Campus
The Student Chapter of the Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA) organized and facilitated the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off on November 12, 2012 to raise funds for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine's (VCOM) Appalachian Rural Outreach. (Read complete article )
In October, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association (SOIMA) joined together to host a health and wellness fair at the VCOM – Carolinas Campus to educate the greater Spartanburg community about healthy lifestyle practices and introduce community members to free and affordable, local health related resources. (Read complete article )
10/15/2012 - Virginia Campus
Total enrollment at the nation’s osteopathic medical colleges now tops 21,600, a 4.5 percent increase over last year’s total enrollment. (Read complete article )
10/16/2012 - Virginia Campus
10/15/2012 - Virginia Campus
Homes.com, a leading real estate listing site, researched some of America’s favorite locales to uncover the top 10 family-friendly cities. (Read complete article )
10/5/2012 - Virginia Campus
Dr. Richard Bay, professor of education in the department of art at Radford University, presents his own personal story about the miracle of surgery and the transformative benefit of artistic expression for the healing process. Dr. Bay has had over 45 procedures and surgeries in his lifetime and has documented his journey through his art. (Read complete article )
9/13/2012 - Virginia Campus
Blacksburg, VA. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Virginia Campus was honored to host a delegation of physicians this week from China. The delegation’s visit to VCOM was part of a U.S. tour in which Chinese physicians observed family medicine practices and residency programs in the specialty of family medicine. (Read complete article )
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine will open a branch campus in the Auburn Research Park in Auburn, Ala., officials announced today. The chairman and president of both VCOM and the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation signed an agreement establishing a branch campus and collaboration on biomedical research and healthcare projects. (Read complete article )
8/12/2012 - Virginis Campus
The National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD), an affiliate of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), was recently awarded a contract by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide data analysis and maps on hospitals throughout the nation that are potentially eligible for graduate medical education program development. (Read complete article )
8/8/2012 - Carolinas Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Carolinas Campus officially welcomed its second class of medical students to Spartanburg last week. New student orientation was held on July 30-31, 2012, for 162 new students eager to begin their first year of medical school. (Read complete article )
8/6/2012 - Virginia Campus
Orientation for the Class of 2016 was held at the VCOM - Virginia Campus on August 2 and 3, 2012, and 188 eager medical students officially began their path to become physicians. (Read complete article )
7/20/2012 - Carolinas Campus
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at the VCOM - Carolinas Campus recently partnered with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program and several other Spartanburg-area youth organizations to develop the D.O. Young Scholars Program, providing a variety of mentoring events for local junior high and high school students to gain experience in the medical field. (Read complete article )
An agreement with VCOM will provide guaranteed acceptance of Southern Wesleyan student applicants into their interview process and admittance process for medical programs at the Spartanburg campus. (Read complete article )
6/19/2012 - Carolinas Campus
June is the final month of first-year medical students’ training on the Carolinas Campus. Students spent two hours in the Sim Center one day last week diagnosing and providing care on five medical cases, including a heart attack and a punctured lung. (Read complete article )
6/14/2012 - Virginia Campus
The SIM patients allow students to make mistakes during high risk health situations without any serious repercussions. (Read complete article )
6/7/2012 - Virginia Campus
Edi Berbic plans to practice medicine in southwest Virginia. That's not surprising, perhaps, for a graduate of the Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, but his journey to Roanoke began in war-torn Bosnia, and included three years in a refugee camp in Croatia. (Read complete article )
6/2/2012 - Virginia Campus
As a teenager, Emily Bralley would drive over the mountain from her family's farm in Smyth County to spend her free time shadowing Dr. Paul Brown. There, in Marion, she witnessed the intersection of compassion, medicine and community. And she found her calling. (Read complete article )
Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons is an exhibition celebrating the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education. It tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators. (Read complete article )
4/21/2012 - Carolinas Campus
It is with great pleasure that I announce Ronald Januchowski, DO has been selected for the newly developed position of Associate Dean for Curriculum, Assessment and Education at the Carolina Campus effective April 16, 2012. (Read complete article )
4/19/2012 - Carolinas Campus
With its elegant three-story brick and stone building surrounded by lush green landscape, Spartanburg's new college of Osteopathic Medicine is likely to raise a few eyebrows.
But to members of the community, it also might raise a few questions. (Read complete article )
3/23/2012 - Virginia Campus
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s objective is to help physicians-in-training become doctors who combine the high tech skills of cutting edge medicine with the high touch skills of effective communication, empathy and compassion, which Yasir Abdul-Rahman demonstrated in writing about his meaningful experience during two medical mission trips to El Salvador. (Read complete article )
3/21/2012 - Virginia Campus
Washington, DC – Tomorrow, March 21st, the White House will honor Dr. John Casey as one of ten Champions of Change who are dedicated to improving access to health care. These individuals are helping others in their community understand the impact and opportunities from the health care law, the Affordable Care Act. (Read complete article )
03/20/12 - Virginia Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is proud to announce that 90 physician faculty members were recognized in WDBJ7 and Ourhealth Magazine’s “5th Annual Best Bedside Manner Awards for Southwest Virginia.” With over 26,000 votes cast, these VCOM physicians were recognized for “best bedside manner” based on three criteria: personal attention, time spent during a patient visit and overall compassion and understanding. This year’s awards were the largest yet, with advertising throughout southwest Virginia. Ninety two (92) total awards were given to the 90 VCOM physicians, with awards ranging from first place to honorable mention. (Read complete article )
3/8/12 - Virginia Campus
"Dia de Salud" (Heath Day) was held in February at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Christiansburg, VA. This church has the only Spanish mass in the New River Valley and the congregation attending that mass is composed mainly of Hispanic members. (Read complete article )
During a report to the AOA Board, American Osteopathic Foundation President Philip L. Shettle, DO, announced the election of Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, Executive Vice President and Founding Dean of the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, to its Board of Directors. (Read complete article )
2/22/12 - Virginia Campus
It is with great regret that I share the sad news that one of VCOM’s most dedicated and loyal champions, T. Eugene Zachary, DO, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2012. As a charter member of VCOM’s Board of Directors, Dr. Zachary played a pivotal role, along with Dean Rawlins, in bringing VCOM from its humble origins in 2001 to where we are today. (Read complete article )
2/5/2012 - Carolinas Campus
On Saturday, January 7th, 2012, 29 students, 2 faculty members and 1 staff member from the Carolinas Campus were on hand to give back to the community. VCOM-CC partnered with The Carpenter’s Table, a local non-profit organization to provide free Health Screenings to Spartanburg County residents. (Read complete article )
2/1/2012 - Virginia Campus
Does your child enjoy playing football or any other high impact sport? If so, you will want to hear more about the ground-breaking report regarding youth sports injuries. Stone Phillips, former co-anchor of Dateline NBC, conducted a study focusing on head impact injuries in youth football. His report involved members of VCOM and Virginia Tech's research programs on head injuries. (Read complete article )
1/23/2012 - Virginia Campus
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) hosted an annual American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) meeting on January 17 held at VCOM II. (Read complete article )
1/16/2012 - Virginia Campus
This fall, the VCOM Sports Medicine Club held the 3rd Annual Big Bernardo Bowling Classic and VCOM students “abided” in the form of 12 teams. (Read complete article )
12/20/2011 - Virginia Campus
The college was saddened to learn of the tragic death of Empress-Janeen Hughes, D.O. from injuries sustained from an automobile accident on December 12, 2011 Dr. Hughes was a first year resident who graduated from VCOM in 2011. (Read complete article )
12/16/2011 - Carolinas Campus
Thirty-six (36) residents at White Oak Manor, Spartanburg, SC will have a happier holiday thanks to VCOM - Carolinas Campus faculty, staff, and students! (Read complete article )
12/5/2011 - Carolinas Campus
The VCOM- Carolinas Campus continues its efforts to reach out to the community. VCOM partnered with a local non-profit food and clothing distribution center, The Carpenter's Table. (Read complete article )
11/2011 - Virginia Campus
Jimmi Narong Palmieri, was adopted by his parents from an orphanage in Thailand when he was 16 days old. Sadly, Jimmi died of cardiac complications on November 19, 2011 at the age of 34. (Read complete article )
11/29/2011 - Carolinas Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Carolinas Campus is excited to announce that Student Doctor Anne Garces, Class of 2015, has been selected for the competitive 2011 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship. (Read complete article )
11/23/2011 - Carolinas Campus
On November 22, 2011, VCOM-Carolinas Campus partnered with a local non-profit organization, Church Builders, to provide free flu vaccines to underserved Spartanburg County residents. (Read complete article )
These medical programs charge an annual average of less than $40,000 in tuition and fees.
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. (Read complete article )
More than half the population of Blacksburg, Va., is Virginia Tech students, so it may be easy to mistake this town of 41,383 as just another college town. Yet this small community, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, also has the makings of a great place to raise children. (Read complete article )
In appreciation for the faculty and staff at VCOM, students from the SSAO sponsored Faculty and Staff Appreciations on September 15 and November 15, 2011. Here is an excerpt of the communications to faculty and staff offering this terrific service. (Read complete article )
11/15/2011 - Virginia Campus
October 18 -- A health fair was offered to employees in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC) through a collaborative effort of the CRC, Lewis-Gale Memorial Hospital and VCOM. (Read complete article )
11/13/2011 - Virginia Campus
The VCOM-Virginia Campus chapter of the Hispanic Community Medical Outreach Organization (HCMO) held a health fair in Elmwood Park in Roanoke Virginia in conjunction with the Latino Festival, which is organized by Avancemos Roanoke as well as Local Colors. The group of VCOM volunteers began seeing patients at about 12 p.m. Two VCOM Post-baccalaureate program students and seven second year osteopathic medical students participated in the care of over 70 patients. (Read complete article )
11/13/2011 - Carolinas Campus
The Inaugural Class from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Carolinas Campus will receive their white coats, 2 pm on Sunday, October 23, 2011, at Twichell Auditorium of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A milestone in medical school education, the cloaking of medical students celebrates the beginning of their hands-on, clinical training in the medical field. (Read complete article )
11/13/2011 - Virginia Campus
The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) student chapter on the VCOM-Virginia Campus partnered with the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps to establish the VCOM Medical Corps. Students met to learn about how they can train to serve the New River Valley in times of emergency and disaster. (Read complete article )
10/26/2011 - Virginia Campus
“The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters” National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit is now on display at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). The exhibit features letters that document the daily life of doctors in 19th century Virginia. Covering more than a century of life in the Shenandoah Valley, this exhibition features a selection of writings that describe local events, professional jealousies, the national crisis of the Civil War and the dramatic testimony of the Henkel physicians in a murder trial. (Read complete article )
10/26/2011 - Virginia Campus
The second annual Corporate Research Center (CRC) health fair, to take place at VCOM II on Tuesday, October 18th from 11:30 – 2:00. The purpose of the health fair is to share health information and provide opportunities for health consultations to employees in the CRC and their families. Our participation in this health fair also provides good exposure for VCOM within the CRC and larger community.
VCOM will have nine stations at the health fair, including Osteoporosis and Nutrition, Stress Management, Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening, OMM, VCOM Simulation, Disaster Preparedness, Dermatology, Pediatrics and a general VCOM information Station.
The Honorable Bill Hazel, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, recognized Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, D.O., Dean and Executive Vice President, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine for being selected Educator of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF). (Read complete article )
09/01/2011 - Virginia Campus
Allison Greenstein, D.O. (Class of 2008) was selected as Outstanding Resident of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation. Allison is an internal medicine resident at the Bluefield Regional Medical Center. (Read complete article )
08/23/2011 - Virginia Campus
“The issues of population, health, and environment are pretty foreign to a lot of people,” said Alecia Fields, a recent University of Kentucky graduate who participated in a Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Study Tour of Ethiopia last summer as a student fellow. (Read complete article )
8/19/2011 - Carolinas Campus
August 8-11, 2011 -- The inaugural class at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) held its orientation program last week at the new Spartanburg, South Carolina campus. (Read complete article )
08/15/2011 - Carolinas Campus
The inaugural class at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus (VCOM-CC) began classes on August 8, 2011 at the new Spartanburg, South Carolina campus. One hundred sixty-two (162) students started at the new medical school branch campus. (Read complete article )
The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has recognized Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, D.O., Dean and Executive Vice-President of VCOM as the 2011 Educator of the Year. (Read complete article )
07/06/2011 - Virginia Campus
Dr. Cathy Callahan was recently appointed the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the New River Valley Free Clinic. Callahan, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with both her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees, serves as the Chairperson of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-Virginia Campus). (Read complete article )
07/11/2011 - Virginia Campus
We are in the process of upgrading our email servers to offer better access and more robust features. If you are having problems accessing your VCOM email please check out the VCOM Blog on: www.vcomemail.blogspot.com.
07/11/2011 - Carolinas Campus
Greetings Members of VCOM--Carolinas Campus Inaugural Class,
Today I travel to the Virginia Campus to participate in VCOM’s first curriculum retreat between the Carolinas and Virginia Campuses’ Chairs and faculty. (Read complete article )
06/23/2011 - Virginia Campus
Congratulations to Dean Sutphin, Ph.D., Associate Vice-President for International and Appalachia Outreach, for being selected to present at the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine held in Beijing China in early June. (Read complete article )
Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, Dean and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), was the invited keynote speaker at the recent meeting of the Eastern Coal Council in Kingsport Tennessee. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins spoke about how to build healthy coal mining communities in the region. (Read complete article )
6/15/11 - Virginia Campus
VCOM is proud to announce the election of two VCOM students, Cris Mathew and Darion Showell, to AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents Executive Board. Cris Mathew will serve as the Second Vice Chair on the Executive Board. In this role, Cris will be responsible for serving as Chair of the Public Relations Committee, publishing the COSGP Newsletter, serving as a member of the AOA Student Selection Committee, and coordinating the “What Can Your Doctor D.O. For You?” Awareness Campaign. (Read complete article )
5/23/11 - Virginia Campus
Students and faculty at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus (VCOM) travelled to Glade Spring, VA to assist the victims of the tornadoes that hit the area this past Sunday. (Read complete article )
5/9/2011 - Virginia Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is proud to announce that 95 physician faculty members were recognized in Ourhealth Magazine’s “4th Annual Best Bedside Manner Awards for Southwest Virginia.” (Read complete article )
5/5/2011 - Virginia Campus
2011 Friend of NCHN: VCOM
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) was the recipient of the 2011 Friend of NCHN award. The Friend of NCHN Award is given to recognize a program, institution, agency, or individual that has advocated for or provided extraordinary support to the Association. (Read complete article )
5/3/2011 - Virginia Campus
VCOM is proud to announce that Post-Baccalaureate student Ashly Ruiz has been selected as the Pre-SOMA Officer of the Year for 2011. Only one student is selected for this award each year out of all the Pre-SOMA chapters nationally. (Read complete article )
4/14/2011 - Virginia Campus
VCOM is proud to announce that Class of 2014 Student Doctor Benjamin Stacy has been chosen for the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program for 2011. Each year, the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) chooses 45 medical students, amongst thousands of applicants nationally, to attend a 3 day leadership symposium and conduct a funded community-based health education project. (Read complete article )
4/7/2011 - Virginia Campus
VCOM Faculty member and local Family Medicine Physician Dr. Michael Clary, DO was featured in last night’s local Channel 10 WSLS broadcast. Following the outbreak of whooping cough in the town of Floyd, Virginia, WSLS sought Dr. Clary’s expertise for suggestions on prevention and identification of symptoms of whooping cough. (Read complete article )
3/28/2011 - Virginia Campus
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. (Read complete article )
3/18/2011 - Carolinas Campus
VCOM Carolinas Campus Dean Timothy Kowalski was recently interviewed about the progress of the new campus on Fox Carolina’s news. See interview
3/5/2011 - Virginia Campus
The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Roanoke Chapter, held their annual Western Virginia ADDY® Award Gala on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Center In The Square in Roanoke, Virginia. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) was presented a Silver ADDY award for its 2010 Annual Report and Yearbook. (Read complete article )
2/8/2011 - Carolinas Campus
Greetings Class of 2015! A new year is upon us and we are eagerly preparing for all of the exciting adventures that await us in 2011. We hope that each of you will be able to join us for Accepted Students Day on April 2, 2011. Accepted Students Day is an exciting time for you and your family to familiarize yourself with VCOM and the Spartanburg community. (Read complete article )
1/18/2011 - Carolinas Campus
Cranes, standing as tall as the iconic smokestack from the former Spartan Mills, quickly swung building supplies and equipment into position last week as construction on the new campus of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas continued at a rapid pace. (Read complete article )
1/8/2011 - Virginia Campus
Medical students from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Virginia Campus (VCOM) partnered with Main Lee Art in Blacksburg on Saturday, January 8th to highlight the artistic endeavors of VCOM’s students and staff. A capacity crowd attended the event which displayed paintings, poetry, fashion, photography, and musical performances. Led by VCOM’s “Bioethics and Humanities in Medicine” (BAHM) student group, this event was open to the public and included refreshments. The art submissions were diverse and represented the multicultural talents of VCOM students including influences from varying world cultures. (Read complete article )
1/5/2011 - Virginia Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus was the recipient of the area’s “Business of the Year” award by the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce at the December Annual Chamber Dinner. (Read complete article )
1/5/2011 - Virginia Campus
Over fifty students and five physicians from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus (VCOM) participated in a healthcare outreach program to the Galax Community in December. (Read complete article )
1/3/2011 - Virginia Campus
Faces wrinkled into smiles as more than twenty VCOM students gathered around the piano at Heritage Hall nursing home Friday night, singing familiar carols and passing out homemade Christmas cards. The group sang as the residents gathered for dinner, and even treated them with a special 7-part male acapella arrangement of "The First Noel". (Read complete article )
12/08/2010 - Carolinas Campus
On November 18, 2010, Fox Carolina’s morning show did a 2-hour live broadcast to showcase Spartanburg’s schools, healthcare, businesses, non-profit groups, events, recreation, and area attractions. (Read complete article )
If you’re interested in establishing a medical clinic in a developing country, having a well-trained staff, adequate medical supplies and boundless goodwill—while necessary—won’t suffice. (Read complete article )
Over fifty students and four physicians from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus (VCOM) participated in a healthcare outreach program to the Pulaski Community on December 3, 2010. (Read complete article )
The Annual Fall Residency Fair/Hospital Day was held at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) Institute for Biomechanical and Sports Medicine Research (VCOM II) on November 5, 2010. First, second, third, and fourth-year students were in attendance at this event. There were 57 vendors eagerly waiting to share information with our student doctors. (Read complete article )
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine's eighth White Coat Ceremony was held November 21, 2010 in Burruss Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech. More than 1,200 faculty, family members and guests viewed the ceremony as 188 VCOM students from the Class of 2014 were cloaked with their first white coats. Students also received the "Humanism in Medicine" pin, donated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and a stethoscope engraved with their initials, donated by the Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA). (Read complete article )
Since the opening of Academic Primary Care Associates (APCA) in 2008, the VCOM community practice, which also serves as a teaching site for medical students and residents, has grown in the number of physicians and patients. A cohort of eleven (11) family medicine residents, two pediatricians, and an additional family medicine physician have been added to the practice since its opening two years ago. APCA opened with eight physicians. (Read complete article )
Although the Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is one of the youngest clubs on campus, it is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing groups. In our short three-year history we have discovered that many of our first year students do not fully understand what internal medicine is and what this exciting field has to offer. Therefore, we have made it our primary goal to both educate and excite our student body about internal medicine. (Read complete article )
10/05/2010 - Carolinas Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Carolinas Campus accepted its first group of students for the inaugural class on Friday, September 17, 2010. Classes begin August, 2011 on a new campus currently being constructed in Spartanburg on the old Spartan Mill site. (Read complete article )
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia Campus (VCOM) and the local chapter of the AARP teamed up to sponsor a Health Fair on the VCOM campus in Blacksburg. More than 350 persons attended the free Health and Wellness Fair.Participants took advantage of free seminars, exhibits, and health screenings that included blood pressure, bone density, hearing tests, vision tests, blood sugar tests, body mass evaluations and more. Osteopathic manipulative medicine treatments were also offered by VCOM faculty and students. (Read complete article )
0914/2010 - Carolinas Campus
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is pleased to announce that Dr. Timothy J. Kowalski, D.O., FACN has been appointed as the Vice Dean for the new Carolinas Campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Kowalski will lead the establishment and implementation of all VCOM academic programs. He will also work to establish and further develop clinical site relationships in the region. (Read complete article )
09/07/2010 - Carolinas Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) received notification from its accrediting body that the administration can proceed with accepting students for admission at the new VCOM-Carolinas Campus.This final action allows medical school officials to formally accept students into its inaugural class for VCOM- Carolinas Campus, which begins August, 2011. According to Dean and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, D.O., “Our first students attending the Carolinas Campus will have the benefit of being on a brand new campus and will have the excitement of being part of the inaugural class, however, they will also have the benefit of knowing that the College is fully accredited. (Read complete article )
October 16, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The VCOM Library invites the public to attend program offerings including Harry Potter Mini-Med School for Ages 11-15, Medicine in Virginia: Past and Present Discussion Panel, and Morning Song Way Film Screening. (Read complete article )
07/12/2010 - Carolinas Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is pleased to welcome the first faculty and staff hires for the Carolinas Campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The charter administrators and faculty are from Spartanburg and the surrounding areas as VCOM focuses on the tremendous talent of the Carolinas in their search for faculty, staff and students that have a passion for serving in the Carolinas region.
Located in downtown Spartanburg, the VCOM Carolinas campus will educate 150 students annually in the pursuit of medical degrees. (Read complete article )
06/23/2010 - Carolinas Campus
The new VCOM Carolinas campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina is under construction and can now be viewed LIVE.
Click here to view the page: intranet.vcom.vt.edu/camera/display/dsp_VCOMSpartanburg.cfm.
The Carolinas Campus, in partnership with Spartanburg Regional and Wofford College, will feature a three-story, 65,000 square-foot facility on its 18.69-acre campus. The Carolinas Campus will matriculate 150 students in its first class in 2011.
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is proud to announce that the VCOM Student Chapter of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) was recently awarded National Chapter of the Year at the annual conference in Anaheim, California. (Read complete article )
February 1 – 7, 2010
VCOM carried out a mission trip within days following the Haiti earthquake. Ironically, a mission trip already planned for February 1 -7, 2010 had been dedicated to Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness training. After the disaster, VCOM shifted the focus from “training” to “response”. (Read complete article )
02/26/10 - Carolinas Campus
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine lauds relationships with Spartanburg Regional, Wofford College in development of its Carolinas Campus
SPARTANBURG—The development of an osteopathic medical school here is the direct result of important alliances with Spartanburg Regional and Wofford College, according to leaders at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.
VCOM broke ground Thursday on its new Carolinas Campus, a satellite of the Virginia-based program.
“With the growth in applicants from the Carolinas, the addition of a VCOM branch campus right in the Carolinas is a natural evolution,” said William P. King, VCOM’s Associate Vice President for Student Services. “The VCOM - Carolinas Campus will not only help us in meeting our mission but it expands opportunities for qualified students to obtain a quality medical education closer to home or where they went to school.” (Read complete article )
Leaving Blacksburg buried under a foot of snow and overcoming the challenges of travel delays created by a winter storm, the mission team disembarked the plane in Honduras in sunny, 80 degree weather eager to embrace the challenges of the week. Team members included two third-year VCOM students completing their one month underserved care rotation in Honduras, two second-year students, eleven first-year students, three VCOM spouses serving as volunteers, one non-VCOM volunteer, one staff member, Dr. Jan Willcox, and Dr. David Harden. We were met in Honduras by local VCOM faculty physician Dr. Xiomara Erazo, who joined the mission team for the week. Our home base was the Baxter Institute, and as always, the team enjoyed the remarkable hospitality of Baxter Institute staff, the delicious traditional food, and beautiful a cappella singing of Baxter students. Baxter President Howard Norton and his wife Jane extended a very warm welcome to the mission team and assisted with housing logistics. (Read complete article )
02/08/10 - Carolinas Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine extends an invitation to the community to join us for a Groundbreaking Ceremony on February 25, 2010 • 10:00 a.m. located at 350 Howard Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303.
In Fall 2011, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) with it’s main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, will open a branch campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The branch campus will offer all four years of osteopathic medical education to 150 medical students per year (four year student body of 600 students). More Information...
We are saddened by the loss of life and conditions in Haiti following the earthquake and extend our prayers and concerns to the Haitian community. In particular, our support is extended to two VCOM students who have family in Haiti. (Read complete article )
Blacksburg Country Club
Monday, May 3, 2010 - Please register by Thursday, April 29, 2010
Complimentary Lunch & Registration begins at 11:00 am
1:00 pm Shotgun Start
The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is proud to announce that 78 physician faculty members were recognized in Ourhealth Magazine’s “Annual Best Bedside Manner Awards for Southwest Virginia.” With over 21,000 votes cast, these VCOM physicians were recognized for “best bedside manner” based on three criteria: personal attention, time spent during a patient visit and overall compassion and understanding. Fifty five of the 78 were noted as 1st, 2nd or 3rd place winners and 23 were given Honorable Mentions. Honorable Mentions include those physicians that received 50 or more votes. (Read complete article )
November 1-7, 2009, a group of 6 VCOM students, 2 staff and 3 volunteers traveled to El Salvador for a mission trip to provide medical care to the most poor and needy in the city of San Salvador and surrounding rural villages. Although the team was small, their hearts were full of compassion for the people of El Salvador and the service they performed was greatly needed. (Read complete article )
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.” (Read complete article )
VCOM’s White Coat Ceremony was held Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The speaker this year is Dr. William G. Anderson, D.O.
WILLIAM G. ANDERSON, I, D.O., Past President of the American Osteopathic Association, Senior Advisor to the Dean Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Vice President of Academic Affairs, Osteopathic Medical Education responsible for the development of osteopathic medical education programs for students, interns and residents at hospitals within the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). He is Professor of Surgery and Senior Advisor to the Dean of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. (Read complete article )
The Hispanic Business magazine ranked what it judged to be the top 20 medical schools for Hispanic students, and several osteopathic medical schools made the list! The University of North Texas Health Science Center– Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) ranked 11th, the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine ranked 16th, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ranked 19th, and the A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine ranked 20th. Read the full list, published on 9/23/09, online. Congratulations!
U.S. News and World Report puts VCOM in the nation’s top ten list for primary care residents
VCOM is proud to have been recently ranked among the nation’s top ten primary care resident producers, in the category of “Which schools turn out the most primary care residents?” in the magazine’s best medical school rankings. MORE...
One Yanceyville, N.C., woman grew concerned she was at risk for diabetes because her mother had it.
Shirley M. Evans already exercises by walking, dancing and weight training, but Thursday she learned to eat smaller portion sizes to keep her weight in check.
Evans repeatedly asked questions of Dr. Daniel Addis at the “Preventing (Type 2) Diabetes” seminar at Danville Community College for Danville Regional Medical Center’s weeklong Women’s Health Symposium. (Read complete article )
The newest group of students has arrived at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg. Representing the Class of 2013 are 189 first-year students, taken from an application pool of over 3,200.
Students at this college must not only have the grades, but also a love for rural medicine. “We look for students who will meet our mission,” explains William King, Associate Dean for Student Services at VCOM. The college’s mission is to provide medical education and research which will prepare community minded physicians who will practice in medically underserved areas. An emphasis is placed on attracting students from Virginia, North and South Carolina and the remaining Appalachian region. Sixty-eight percent of the incoming VCOM class comes from these regions. (Read complete article )
The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) announced a new partnership with Foot Levelers, Premier Transfer and Storage, and Burch Enterprises to take a step against poverty by helping to provide free footwear to those in need. The free footwear is just one component of a larger VCOM global health initiative that includes education and preventive health efforts to decrease the prevalence of foot injuries, and parasitic, bacterial and fungal infection to improve the quality of life for many communities throughout the Dominican Republic, Honduras and El Salvador. (Read complete article )
Jaclyn Tolentino is a medical student any patient would love to have beside the bed perusing a chart. She’s smart, articulate and enthusiastic about her chosen career of medicine.
She is one of the medical students who, since 2005, have spent their third or fourth year of medical school work-ing with Danville physicians through a partnership between Danville Regional Medical Center and the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg. (Read complete article )
Some Blacksburg medical students made safety awareness fun Saturday.
It was a beautiful day for students at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine to host the community safety fair on school grounds there in Blacksburg. (Read complete article )
BLACKSBURG -- When the 148 students who make up the third class of graduates from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine receive degrees today, it will signify more than an end to their studies. (Read complete article )
Blacksburg Country Club
Monday, May 4, 2009 - Please register by Weds, April 29, 2009
Complimentary Lunch & Registration begins at 11:00 am
1:00 pm Shotgun Start
Blake E. Fought – a student at Radford University – died tragically and unexpectedly. His mother, Amy, was a third year student at VCOM at the time of Blake’s passing. The Fought family have established a scholarship at VCOM in Blake’s name. To raise funds toward the goal of endowing that scholarship, VCOM is proud to announce the Blake E. Fought Memorial Scholarship-VCOM Golf Tournament. MORE...
The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine's sixth White Coat Ceremony was held Dec. 5 in Burruss Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech.
More than 1,200 faculty, family members and guests viewed the ceremony as 188 VCOM students from the Class of 2012 were cloaked with their first white coats. (Read complete article)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). VCOM students, faculty and staff played “Santa” this year for the residents of Warm Hearth Village Retirement Community in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Karol Gordon D.O., Department Chair of Geriatrics at VCOM and geriatric physician at Warm Hearth, spearheaded this effort. Dr. Gordon asked Warm Hearth staff to fill out a gift tag request for each resident, listing items they felt the resident would like to receive, noting sizes and favorite colors. (Read complete article)
When Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins moved to Blacksburg in 2001 there was one practicing doctor of osteopathic medicine in the area.
As dean and vice president for academic affairs at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tooke-Rawlins, an osteopath herself, has had a direct hand in dramatically changing that statistic.
And she said she's just getting started. (Read complete article)
On Sunday, November 16, 2008, VCOM students participated in a Health Screening Fair at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Roanoke, Virginia. The Fair was geared toward Spanish speaking patients of the Roanoke region and over 100 patients were screened by VCOM students and faculty.
The Hispanic Community Medical Outreach Club (HCMO), founded earlier this year at VCOM, made its debut and coordinated the event with a primary focus on screening, awareness, and prevention. (Read complete article)
The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) sponsored an Anatomy Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) for high school students, ages 14-18, during the month of July. During the week of July 7, 2008, VCOM hosted seventeen boys and during the week of July 14, 2008, thirty three girls attended the program.
The program afforded students from rural or medically underserved areas of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee the opportunity to learn about anatomy from VCOM faculty and students and to gain an introduction to science and medicine. (Read complete article)
On Saturday May 10, 2008, two physician faculty members and thirty (30) students from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) hosted a health fair in Jonesville, Virginia. Jonesville is the birthplace of A.T. Still. This health fair has been an annual event for VCOM for the past few years, organized by the VCOM student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians (ACOP). Faculty and students provided free physicals, hearing and vision screens, and cholesterol and glucose screens to over sixty (60) members of the Jonesville community. (download complete article )
Students from VCOM’s Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPs) Club traveled to Suffolk Virginia to help victims of recent tornados which struck the Virginia area earlier this month. Three faculty members and eleven students participated in activities to help military families who needed assistance, many with loved ones deployed to Iraq.
Efforts were initiated by Colonel Vaden Blackwood, D.O. (ret.), VCOM faculty member and AMOPs advisor, and led by Dean Dixie Tooke-Rawlins and Associate Dean, Dr. Jan Willcox. The Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA) was also provided support for the relief team. (download complete article )
Beginning this past Monday, March 17th and through Wednesday, torrential rains fell across the central United States. One of the hardest hit areas is Piedmont, Missouri where more than twelve inches of rain caused streams and rivers to overflow their banks. In Piedmont the center of downtown was covered with two to three feet of water. About 300 of the 900 homes had to be evacuated. The town’s water was cut off when the bridge carrying the pipeline was destroyed by the river. Several people have died as a result of the flooding. The waters are receding, but they are leaving behind a soggy mess of debris and destroyed homes. In addition, the resources of the local authorities and healthcare providers are being stressed as they try to clean up the devastation and help displaced individuals put their lives back together.
On March 26, 2008 VCOM will be sending a team to Piedmont, Missouri to help in the relief efforts. The team will help in the cleanup and also provide medical care when appropriate. Another goal of the relief team is to provide financial assistance to those who have lost their possessions and who need to obtain the basics of life such as food and water... (download complete article )
The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, Virginia celebrated the inauguration of its third international clinic in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The Honduran clinic – along with previously established clinics in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador – complements an extensive outreach program VCOM has locally, throughout Southwest Virginia, and internationally.
Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, D.O., Dean and Vice President of the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), noted, “This initiative will provide medical students with experiences in compassionate care of patients and will bring high-level medical care to those who need it the most. There is a strong parallel with the experiences students gain in our Honduran and other international clinics with the skills needed to be effective in rural and underserved areas in the U.S. Our students will be better physicians here in Virginia and in other underserved areas of Appalachia as a result of these international experiences.” (download complete article )
When the President of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Dr. Peter Ajluni, visited VCOM in November he spoke about the “DOs: Fit for Life” campaign. He encouraged students to do “fun runs’ and organize fitness activities. His talk was truly inspirational: three VCOM first year students immediately took on his challenge.
Arlene Zelinkas, Kimberly Skelton and Aimee Riley went forward and organized the first annual, “D.O. Jingle Dash 5K” in Black Mountain Park in Ashville, North Carolina the very next month. They took on the challenge to promote fitness and combined that goal with promoting the osteopathic profession to the communities surrounding Ashville and with raising money for their student mission trip to assist underserved patients in El Salvador.
The student organizers chose the location of Ashville because it fit well with VCOM’s mission to educate and train physicians for both Southwest Virginia and North Carolina. VCOM is in the process of establishing a permanent campus in North Carolina for student training... (download complete article )
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) announces the opening of Academic Primary Care Associates on September 10, 2007. The newly constructed office is located on the first floor of Montgomery Regional Hospital and will provide primary care medical services including family medicine, sports medicine, preventive medicine, osteopathic manipulative therapy, and immediate care... (download complete article )
The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg continues to develop creative educational programs to prepare its medical students to practice and perform medical research in the global health arena.
On February 13, 2007, VCOM signed an agreement with Evangelical University Medical School in San Salvador to partner in its global education program.
Since its inception in 2003, VCOM students have participated in medical mission trips and international rotations in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya. The Blacksburg osteopathic medical school is also promoting global medical research in these and other countries. (download complete article )