VCOM 2022 Annual Report

VCOM Deans Spearhead Meetings with Community Leaders

T his past year, a new community with the deans on each campus to host small, informal gatherings for community leaders. The purpose of these events is to educate community leaders about VCOM and osteopathic medicine so that they can be ambassadors for the College and to help educate the greater community. This is a critical component of building strong relationships, identifying partners and cultivating future donors. These gatherings were well attended and offered a wonderful opportunity for College deans to meet with community leaders in small group settings and share information about VCOM and its impact on the region. discussion, given by Dean Heath Parker, DO, that give an overview of VCOM-Auburn’s mission and activities. In addition to enjoying some delicious breakfast items and hot coffee, attendees are taken on a tour of the campus building. VCOM Virginia held a Lunch with the Dean event on May 23, 2022, where community leaders were invited to meet with Dean Jan Willcox, DO. The Louisiana campus held its first Lunch with the Dean event on September 28, 2022, with Dean Mark Sanders, DO. To increase awareness about VCOM-Carolinas in the upstate South Carolina community, monthly Coffee with the Dean events have been held, led by Dean Matthew Cannon, DO. Dr. Cannon provides community leaders with an overview of the College—including the meaning and history of osteopathic medicine—and a tour and demonstration of the Carolinas campus’ state of-the-art Simulation Center, where students practice clinical skills. outreach initiative came to the VCOM campuses. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations partnered VCOM-Auburn has held several Coffee with the Dean events involving a slideshow and


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