The VCOM Student Chapter of the Virginia Rural Health Association is established to contribute to the mission of the college by serving locally to improve the health of rural communities through the delivery of health care services and health education. Assistance is available to members to promote leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. The VCOM chapter of the VRHA was the first established medical school chapter in Virginia in representing the state VRHA.
Members actively participate in service to rural communities through various means coordinated through the VCOM VRHA. Opportunities are provided for students to volunteer at free health clinics throughout the surrounding area, gaining clinical skills while providing an invaluable resource for many that can’t afford health care. Throughout the year VCOM VRHA serves at various health fairs promoting wellness through education and health screenings. Annual events include Remote Area Medical® held in Wise County, VA during the summer months. This event is sponsored by RAM Volunteer Corp which provides a venue for health professionals from all regions of the country to offer assistance to people of remote regions in America and around the world. In the fall, students provided a successful free influenza vaccine clinic for the citizens of Blacksburg and other local communities.