I’m very proud that the VCOM community advocates for a mindset of supporting diversity as a richness of human differences fostering a sense of belonging, respect and value for all. Educating future physicians on the importance of diversity in the health care system is crucial. More inclusivity and representation amongst healthcare professionals can ease patient anxieties, increase compliance and improve patient outcomes.
Across its four campuses, VCOM recruits students from medically underserved areas, which are often areas with many first-generation and minority students. VCOM has established several programs as part of its daily commitment to diversity, including:
- Creating an admissions scholarship for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that helps assist pre-medical students with the College’s application fee and travel expenses for their interview.
- Partnering with select HBCUs and institutions with large Hispanic populations to form articulation agreements and guarantee interview slots to their students.
- Operating a summer program for high school students that introduces them to medical professions and is offered at no cost to minority and first-generation students.
- Working closely with and supporting the Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) which promotes programs for minorities, rural and first-generation students.
- Supporting the work of a variety of student groups that enrich campus life with many guest speakers and seminars related to diversity in connection with healthcare and osteopathy topics, like treating LGBTQ+ patients, trauma-informed osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) practices and providing care to Muslim women.