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How to Apply

Applying to our ONMM3 Residency

We are approved for four ONMM3 positions and prefer to have audition rotations completed throughout the fall (August-December) and often begin accepting residents as early as January. We do accept off-cycle residents on a case-by-case basis. We do feel strongly that it's important to have a good match for both the resident and program and highly encourage a minimum two day interview and prefer a one to two week audition rotation experience. The VCOM ONMM3 Residency does not currently participate in the match. 

Our initial and primary application deadline is November 1st of each year. We may accept applications up until December 31st if we still have openings. We have a very competitive fall audition period, and since we do not go through the match, often have a rolling admission through the fall as we audition excellent candidates.  If you have significant interest, it is to your benefit to audition as early as possible as we often start making offers in November. 


Application Instructions

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application and attach the following documents in order to complete your file:

  • Application (PDF) [Early deadline December 31st each year]
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Board scores 1, 2, 3 & PE (original or certified copy from your medical school)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Medical school diploma
  • List of all rotations completed as third and fourth year student, intern, and residency years. Please simply list all time-limited rotations by training year and list all continuity “rotations” under a separate category
  • A letter of recommendation and good standing from your program director
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Certificate of residency completion will be required upon acceptance into the program
  • You will need to schedule an interview prior to the application process. 

Please be sure to read the Recommendation to ONMM3 year.

Materials should be submitted to:

Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
ATTN: Melissa Simpkins
1691 Innovation Drive
Suite 1300
Blacksburg, VA 24060

For additional information, please contact:

Melissa Simpkins
Program Coordinator

Feel free to contact the program director with any specific questions about program curriculum  or philosophy:

Albert J. Kozar
Program Director

Acceptance to our ONMM3 Residency

Many applicants want to know how they can increase their chances of acceptance into our program or other similar programs. Keep in mind:

  • #1  …  Make yourself known to your main choices - rotate for at least 2 weeks
  • Always, always remain humble
  • Seek out NMM-OMM specialists in your area during your third/fourth years, internship, and/or primary residency. Spend time with them in office.
  • Seek out primary care and specialist rotations with physicians that do OMM and integrate osteopathic philosophy into their practice whenever possible
  • In you third and fourth year rotations and/or residency rotations:
    • PALPATE TISSUE TEXTURE on every patient as part of your out-patient physical exam or hospital H&P
    • REVIEW ANATOMY DAILY for 5-10 minutes
  • Attend the American Academy Osteopathy (AAO) annual convocation each year
    • Be sure to attend the first 2 nights sessions of “Evening with the Stars”
  • Attend local / regional OMM Hands-On Workshops
  • Download Dr Kozar’s lecture HO on Applying to NMMOMM (ONMM) Residencies

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