Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine


Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is located in Blacksburg, in the heart of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. Blacksburg is less than 30 miles from Roanoke, Virginia and the school’s facilities are in the Corporate Research Center of Virginia Tech.

VCOM boasts state-of-the-art classrooms and learning labs, electronic libraries, and telecommunication facilities. Students enjoy all the amenities of a large campus, including sports, recreation, theater, and music facilities.

The school is accredited through the Commission on Osteopathic Accreditation.

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The school aims to prepare osteopathic primary care physicians to serve in rural and medically underserved areas of Appalachia. Aside from a strong teaching program in primary care, the school affords students clinical exposure as early as the first year. VCOM has a strong research orientation, which is focused on areas of health and wellness, cardiopulmonary medicine, bones and joints, cancer, neurological problems, and the biology of aging.

Clinical training is available at numerous hospitals throughout Virginia, including those in the cities of Blacksburg, Salem, and many others.

Housing not available, but assistance in securing it is provided.

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Unique Programs

VCOM has a unique Simulation and Educational Technology Center in which students get real life experience working with patients through the center’s lab. Students will work with simulator manikins and real-life standardized patients. These standardized patients are hired actors or non-actors that simulate medical conditions for the students to diagnose and treat.


Completion of a baccalaureate degree is very desirable and the MCAT examination is required. The basic premedical science courses plus courses in English are essential. In addition, letters of recommendation are required from both your college Premedical Advisory Committee as well as an osteopathic physician. An applicant’s academic achievement (GPA) and potential, as well as his or her sense of compassion and commitment to primary patient care in a rural setting are critical factors in the admission process. Applicants receiving supplementary forms should return them as soon as possible, no later than Mid-March.

Applicants deemed qualified will be invited for an interview, after which a decision will be made on their application for admission. Residents of Virginia, North Carolina, and the Appalachian region are encouraged to apply.


VCOM has many student organizations to choose from, most of which are centered around a medical outreach focus. Some of the available organizations students may participate in are Christian Medical Association (CMDA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA), Medical Outreach and Volunteer Effort (MOVE) and many more oragnizations.

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Additional School Information

VCOM’s main focus is to educate their students in an area of medicine that is globally minded and community focused. To achieve this they partner with many organizations to provide sustainable medical practices and relief from disasters. Their students have provided medical assistance to survivors of the tsunami in India, Hurricane Karina, flood victim relief in the United States and internationally as well, the Virginia Tech tragedy and tornado relief in many towns around the country.

In addition VCOM partners with other medical schools to further the advancement of the students in each school as well as the communities served by both Edward Via and the other partnering school.

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