The curriculum at VCOM is innovative and modern. Students assimilate knowledge through instruction which is lecture based or through online modules, reading, small group learning and discussion, laboratory and computer-based student learning clinical tutorials, anatomy and microbiology laboratory experiences, simulated clinical laboratory experiences, physical diagnosis laboratory experiences, and osteopathic manipulative medicine clinical laboratory experiences. Students begin inter-professional early clinical experiences one day per week in the later blocks of the second year and transition to predominately clinical experiences in the third and fourth year. The VCOM curriculum is directed toward the development of a primary care physician. The VCOM faculty believes whether a student chooses primary care or a medical specialty, he or she will benefit from broad based primary care knowledge and a whole patient approach to medical care. The VCOM curriculum includes the most modern medical diagnostic evaluations and evidence based medical care. The VCOM curriculum prepares students well to enter either an AOA or ACGME residency program. In addition, Osteopathic Principles and Manipulation are taught throughout the four years of the curriculum.