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Pahl Pappas
Class of 2020
Virginia Campus
Prior School: 
Virginia Tech, VCOM’s Graduate Program
Degree: 
Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Hometown: 
Botetourt, VA

Pahl Pappas

I chose VCOM for the close-knit community that its faculty, staff, and students create.
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I chose VCOM for

I chose VCOM for the close-knit community that its faculty, staff, and students create. The environment at VCOM is well suited for team-oriented individuals, and the faculty demonstrate true compassion for working with students and the material they are teaching. Physicians work in settings where good teamwork is vital to successful patient outcomes, and I was extremely pleased that VCOM recognizes and values this atmosphere.

I believe osteopathic physicians are important because

I believe osteopathic physicians are important because of their “whole person” approach. Many patients express frustration or apathy with less comprehensive treatment or a physician that “doesn’t seem to listen” to them, and express desire for a physician that understands them more completely during their care. Osteopathic physicians are well equipped to provide care to these patients that will result in better outcomes.

I enjoy living in Blacksburg because

I enjoy living in Blacksburg because there are so many outdoor activities in this area! We have the most photographed vista on the Appalachian Trail just up the road, as well as hundreds of other trails. Tubing at McCoy Rapids, Caving, Biking, Climbing, and just about any other outdoor activity you can name, we have here in the Blacksburg area. In addition, we have the opportunity to attend some of the best football games in the country just next door at Virginia Tech. GO HOKIES!!!

For me, the most unforgettable moment in medical school was

For me, the most unforgettable moment in medical school was performing Medical Mission work in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. VCOM works directly in communities that have no other accessible health services and makes a world of difference in their lives. It was an honor to be able to attend one of these trips and work to provide care and education for these individuals. The time I spent in Honduras through VCOM’s outreach program strongly reinforced my desire to be involved in international missions as a physician.