Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia and Carolinas

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 hours Biology, 6-8 hours General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics, 6 hours of English, and additional Sciences at 300 Level or higher with min. GPA of 3.00 and an MCAT score no earlier than April 2009. Preference given to competitive candidates who are likely to fulfill our mission to prepare globally-minded, community-focused physicians.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions C. Tyler Corvin
Application fee $85
AMCAS application accepted No
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
February 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification October 1 (Begins)
May 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) N/A
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)
July 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.57
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 8.5 MCAT composite score
8.9 biological
8.1 physical sciences
8.4 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology inorganic (general) chemistry
biology/zoology physics
English molecular and cell biology
organic chemistry demonstration of writing skills

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered D.O./Ph.D., D.O./M.B.A., D.O./M.P.H., D.O./M.S., D.O./M.A.
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

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

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

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.1:1 – Low
Full-time faculty 48
Part-time faculty 821
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 22
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 1
Full-time faculty in clinical program 26
Part-time faculty in clinical program 820

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $0.2
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 2
Principal investigators (PIs) 7
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 11

Teaching Hospitals

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

Hospitals
Allegheny Regional Hospital Montgomery Regional Hospital
Asheville VA Medical Center Norton Community Hospital
Blue Ridge Healthcare Riverside Regional Medical Center
Bluefield Regional Medical Center Russell County Hospital
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Salem Veterans Medical Center
Carilion New River Valley Medical Center Southside Community Hospital
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
Danville Regional Health System Twin County Regional Healthcare
Halifax Regional Health System W. G. Veterans Administration
Johnston Memorial Hospital Wythe County Community Hospital
Lewis Gale Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
The curriculum at VCOM is innovative, modern, and includes classroom instruction, reading, computerized cases, tutorials, laboratory experiences, clinical experiences, and high fidelity simulation.

Medical School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Research
Rank Not Published Best Primary Care

Research Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 1.8
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $0.2
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $5.08

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.2
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.3
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 53.0% – High

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.57
MCAT composite score 8.5
Acceptance rate 12.1% – High
Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.1:1 – Low
Total medical school enrollment 919

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 919
In-state students 38.5%
Minority students 24.9%
Underrepresented minority students 12.4%
International students 0.1%
Non-traditional students 29.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

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

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $37,080
Required fees $830
Room and board $14,536
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt N/A

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 95%
Students receiving loans 88%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 31%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program 88.5%
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs 98.1%
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
emergency medicine pediatrics
family practice – sports medicine psychiatry
internal medicine surgery – general
obstetrics and gynecology transitional year
orthopaedic surgery

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 53.0% – High
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 22.0%