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The MISSION of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is to prepare globally-minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations and promote research to improve human health.

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What Is Osteopathic Medicine?

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, also known as DOs, are licensed in every state to practice the full scope of medicine: examination, diagnosis, writing prescriptions, performing surgery, and providing musculoskeletal manipulation.

Osteopathic physicians staff every field of medicine from family practice to neurosurgery. However, the majority of DOs practice primary care, with approximately one-fourth providing care in small communities and rural areas.


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Residency Match Locations

Each year, thousands of osteopathic medical students participate in the Match, which places fourth year students into residency training programs at teaching health centers across the country.  VCOM students are very successful in the match with 99% – 100% matching into a residency training program, which far exceeds the national match average each year.


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Our Commitment to Rural and Community Outreach

A core part of the educational experience for future physicians is the emphasis on a commitment to healthy communities. As part of its mission, VCOM is committed to outreach to medically underserved
communities, both rural and international. VCOM seeks to train medical students to be caring, practical, capable and well-rounded physicians. Our goal is to create national and international healthcare leaders for the future while providing students with rewarding, service-based learning opportunities.

VCOM Outreach 

Where We're Located

VCOM has four separate locations — each campus has its own personality, but offers the same signature, community-focused academic program. 

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Our History VCOM: Past, Present and Future

The College opened its doors to the first students in Virginia during the fall of 2003 and graduated its first class in 2007. Since then, VCOM has opened campuses in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Auburn, Alabama. The fourth campus location in Monroe, Louisiana welcomed its first class in 2020.

See VCOM's History

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Leadership and Service

Since VCOM's first class started school in 2003, our mission has moved from the realm of ideas to the reality of thousands of physicians returning to rural and medically underserved communities.

Thanks to strong leadership, as well as outstanding students and faculty who embody VCOM's purpose, our mission moves steadily forward. 

Board of Directors and Advisory Boards

Officers, Administration and Supervisors

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of VCOM students are from communities with populations of less than 30,000


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of graduates practice in a medically underserved area where primary care is most needed