What Is Osteopathic Medicine?
Osteopathic medicine is a distinct branch of medicine in the United States. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) emphasize the interrelated unity of all systems in the body, each working with the other to heal in times of illness.
- 149,000 physicians are currently practicing osteopathic medicine in the United States (2023).
- 60% of all osteopathic physicians enter primary care.
- Osteopathic physicians currently care for more than 35 million Americans.
- Physicians are more likely to practice osteopathic medicine in small communities and rural areas.
Our Focus on Future Physicians
Our physicians are comprehensively trained, patient-focused, and passionate about giving back. As DOs, we emphasize preventive medicine, a patient-centered approach to care, and empowering patients to strive toward the body’s natural, optimal state of function, self-healing and health.
Tour a VCOM Campus
We invite you to visit your choice of VCOM locations in Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana to experience our college and community first-hand, as well as meet current students and faculty, and learn more about osteopathic medicine and our curriculum.
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.
of graduates matched into residency on their first attempt
Residency Placement in 2023 (compared to 98.1% of U.S. DO seniors and 97.7% of U.S. MD seniors)
first-time pass rate on the COMLEX Level 2 (higher than the national average)
While our academic programs follow the same structure across campuses, your medical school experience will be shaped by the location you choose. We have four campuses, each with its own faculty members, student groups, and university affiliations. Schedule a tour of one or more VCOM campuses to decide which is the best fit for you.