VCOM 2022 Annual Report
Bringing Healthcare Home
Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP President and Provost
T wenty-one years ago the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) was founded to bring healthcare to rural and underserved areas of Southwest Virginia. In our amazing journey to educate outstanding osteopathic physicians, the regions we serve have grown to include four campuses across the Southeastern United States. The importance of the VCOMMission VCOM is committed to providing physicians who will meet the increasing needs of rural and medically underserved populations, with an emphasis on the Appalachian and Delta regions in the Southeastern United States. The College continues to recruit and admit the best and brightest students. Each year, more than 60% of students are from our target Appalachian and Delta states, and an additional 18% are from the bordering states. These states are experiencing primary care physician shortages, where patients have difficulty accessing physician care. In addition to our commitment to rural communities, VCOM continues to recruit under represented minority students to address the needs of the medically underserved minority populations. More than 14% of our students are from under-represented minority groups.
More than 4,500 graduates since 2007 In the years since VCOM was founded, we have had considerable progress in providing physicians where they are most needed. • VCOM’s total current enrollment includes 2,428 future physicians, spread across our four campuses. • VCOM is now one of the largest medical schools in the United States. • The Virgina campus has graduated 16 classes of osteopathic physicians. • The Carolinas campus has seen seven classes graduate. • Four classes have graduated from the Auburn campus. • Students in the Lousiana campus’s inaugural class just began their third-year clinical rotations after the school enrolled its first students in 2020. • Including all the graduating classes, VCOM now has a total of 4,574 graduates. Continued Successful Outcomes VCOM is pleased to have continued great outcomes for our graduates. With 99.8% of VCOM graduates matching to a residency and over 60% of those graduates matching to residencies in an Appalachian or Delta region, we are genuinely bringing healthcare home to these areas. Over 67% of VCOM graduates completed residency
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