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Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Basic Requirements: Undergraduate degree with 8 hrs. Biology; 6-8 hrs. general and organic chemistry, and physics; 6 hrs. of English; and additional 6 hrs. biomedical sciences at 300 level or higher. Min. GPA of 3.20 and MCAT score no earlier than April 2011. Preference given to competitive candidates who are likely to fulfill our mission to prepare globally-minded, community-focused physicians.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Julie Mills
Application fee  $50
AMCAS application accepted  No
AACOMAS application accepted  Yes
Applications accepted  January 1 (Begins)
February 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  September 30 (Begins)
July 31 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  12
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered  Yes
Early decision application period  June 1 (Begins)
August 15 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date  September 30
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.57
Oldest MCAT considered  2012
Median MCAT Scores  25 MCAT total score
8 verbal reasoning
8 physical sciences
9 biological sciences
O writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology inorganic (general) chemistry
biology/zoology physics
English demonstration of writing skills
organic chemistry general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  D.O./M.B.A., D.O./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL  N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Occasionally
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

expanded-hour gym access
professional counseling
religious support
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.1:1
Full-time faculty  62
Part-time faculty  1,106
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  29
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  1
Full-time faculty in clinical program  33
Part-time faculty in clinical program  1,105

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $0.5
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  2
Principal investigators (PIs)  5
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  7

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

AnMed Health Mary Black Health System
Asheville VA Medical Center McLeod Regional Medical Center
Blue Ridge Healthcare Moncrief Army Community Hospital
Bluefield Regional Medical Center Mountain Area Health Education Center
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Naval Medical Center at Portsmouth
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Newberry County Memorial Hospital
Carilion Clinic Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
Carilion Giles Community Hospital Piedmont Medical Center
Carilion New River Valley Medical Center Pioneer Community Hospital
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Riverside Regional Medical Center
Catawba Hospital Russell County Medical Center
Centra Southside Community Hospital Salem VA Medical Center
Clarendon Health System Smyth County Community Hospital
Clinch Valley Medical Center Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
Danville Regional Health System Springs Memorial Hospital
Halifax Regional Health System The Regional Medical Center
Johnston Memorial Hospital Tuomey Healthcare System
Kenner Army Health Center USAF Hospital Langley
Lewis Gale Hospital - Allegheny W. G. Hefner VA Medical Center
Lewis Gale Hospital - Montgomery Wellmont Health System
Lewis Gale Hospital - Pulaski Wm. Jennnings Bryan Dorn VAMC
Lewis Gale Medical Center Womack Army Medical Center
Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital Wythe County Community Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

The curriculum at VCOM is innovative, modern, and includes classroom instruction, reading, computerized cases, tutorials, laboratory experiences, clinical experiences, high fidelity simulation, OMM clinical experiences. Students begin early clinical experiences in the second year and transition to predominately clinical experiences in the third and fourth year.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  N/A
Step 1: Percent passing  N/A
Step 1: Average score  N/A
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  N/A
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  N/A
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  N/A

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  190
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  524
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  84
Level 2-CE: Number examined  180
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  517
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  83
Level 3: Number examined  167
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  515
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  83

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  1.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  1.9
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $0.5
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $8.14

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.2
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.8
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  60.6%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.57
MCAT total score  25
Acceptance rate  9.8%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.1:1
Total medical school enrollment  1,217

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Daniel Hewitt
Financial aid phone  (540) 231-6021



Full-time: $40,600

Required fees  $0
Room and board  $0
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  N/A

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  94%
Students receiving loans  82%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  27%
Students receiving work study  0%


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