I’m excited about the opportunity for both institutions to do something together to make a difference. Most of all, I’m excited about what this partnership means for the students. Students from here can return here and meet the needs of the population, which is a growing population.
We are just thrilled to be working with a first-class organization like VCOM. This partnership provides an opportunity for our students to achieve their dreams and change the world through healthcare and the allied health sciences. We are grateful to VCOM and to all of our partners here today for their commitment to our College and what we can do here to improve the conditions for all of the citizens in our district.
VCOM anticipates that candidates from IRSC who perform well at the undergraduate level will be well-prepared to succeed in the rigorous medical curriculum at VCOM. Bill King, VCOM’s Vice President for Recruiting and Application Services, will be at the IRSC Massey Campus on the afternoon of February 25 to meet with students who wish to learn more about VCOM and osteopathic medicine, and help them understand admissions requirements and the application process.
About Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is a four-year private osteopathic medical school offering the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. VCOM provides state-of-the-art medical education and research that prepares globally minded, community-focused physicians who improve the health of those most in need.
With campuses in Blacksburg, VA, Spartanburg, SC, Auburn, AL, and Monroe, LA, VCOM has graduated over 3,600 new physicians since its founding in 2001, with over 65% going into primary care specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.
VCOM has become one of the largest medical schools in the country, yet each campus maintains a nurturing small private college atmosphere for the student. VCOM partners with many community-based hospitals for clinical rotations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. The College is known for its national award-winning programs in primary care and global medical outreach, as well as a sports medicine department caring for athletes at Virginia Tech, Auburn University, University of Louisiana-Monroe and Radford University. The College sustains an environment for innovative, impactful research that is well-positioned for long-term success. VCOM and its partners collaborate on research that will improve the quality of healthcare in its communities and throughout the world.
About Indian River State College
A leader in education and innovation, Indian River State College transforms lives by offering high-quality, affordable and accessible education to the residents of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties through traditional and online delivery. IRSC is recipient of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The College serves nearly 30,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s degrees, Associate degrees, technical certificates and applied technology diplomas. Learn more at https://www.irsc.edu/.