nternational and Appalachian Outreach provides a comprehensive program to meet health care needs of the underserved globally, in Appalachia, and across the U.S. for disaster relief. As a result, VCOM students gain valuable medical training working with VCOM faculty members, preceptors and other medical professionals in the U.S. and abroad. Students develop cultural sensitivity and skills to address major health challenges that span borders and continents. Because of our comprehensive program, VCOM is quickly becoming a leader in Global Health.
VCOM’s International Health and Outreach program includes Appalachian outreach in 26 high schools, early clinical experiences in the region each Friday, and participation in Free clinics. There are three full-time international sites where students complete one-week medical mission trips and one-month international student rotations. Additionally, students have an opportunity to participate in an interactive video conference seminar with medical students in other countries.Join with us in traveling the globe to develop leadership skills in improving the health of underserved populations and preserving our environment, all within the philosophy of Osteopathic Medicine.
H. Dean Sutphin, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for International Outreach
The Clinical Goals for the Medical Mission Program:
The Educational Goals for the Medical Mission Program:
Learning to address health care needs in the face of poverty, adverse environmental conditions, and political complexity prepare future physicians to address the community health needs of rural and underserved areas where they will eventually practice.Next, we'd like to tell you more about how we are involved in international community and government partnerships and global health initiatives .