Each year, the Edward Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)–Virginia hosts orientation to welcome its new class of medical students. On August 1, 2016, VCOM orientation leaders will greet 188 first-year medical students at VCOM’s doors in Blacksburg, Virginia.
In addition to getting to know campus, taking part in the class photograph and getting a grasp on what osteopathic medicine truly is, a major part of VCOM’s orientation is to obtain a feeling of familiarity among new students and current faculty, staff and students.
Current students play a primary role in welcoming new students to campus and ensuring they feel at home. Orientation leaders are VCOM students with outstanding GPAs, enthusiasm for their college, and, most importantly, a desire to ensure new first-year class members understand the VCOM community they are joining.