VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook

The average MCAT score of those accepted falls between 500 and 506 and a score greater than 496 is generally required. The successful MCAT score is always balanced with the GPA, along with non-cognitive factors of the applicant that are tied to the profession and the mission of VCOM. 5. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident. Once matriculated, students must maintain the requirements for their permanent U.S. resident visa status as set forth by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. 6. Must meet the Technical Standards for Admission and Continued Enrollment. All students must read carefully and affirm that they meet the standards. Any falsification or misinformation is a reason for dismissal. Technical Standards for Admission and Successful Completion of the Osteopathic Program at VCOM The requirements to succeed at VCOM are those required to successfully complete the medical school curriculum and to safely practice osteopathic medicine with full practice rights. VCOM supports students with disabilities who can be reasonably accommodated and who can meet the technical standards that will be required to be licensed to practice osteopathic medicine. Patient safety and well-being are considered by VCOM when accepting students or continuing the enrollment of students. Students must be able to function in a variety of learning and clinical settings, including lecture halls, laboratories (biomedical and clinical), and patient care environments. Education in the classroom and laboratories in the first two years of medical school, prepare students for education in the clinical setting. As such, students must be able to quickly, accurately, and consistently learn and process large amounts of information and report that data quickly and accurately and perform their duties in the clinical setting without restriction and in a manner that provides a safe environment for the patients entrusted to their care. These abilities are necessary in order to succeed in the medical school curriculum and to meet the technical standards for acquiring the medical knowledge needed to safely practice osteopathic medicine as a physician. Further, the mission of the college embraces primary care medicine and requires all students to gain the medical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to enter a primary care residency. Recognizing that medical school is as a career path in which students often accumulate great debt, all technical standards are considered in relationship to the student’s ability to meet the educational competencies that culminate in the career of the practice of osteopathic medicine when accepting students or continuing their enrollment. The applicant must possess the abilities and skills in the following seven areas to be a successful student while at VCOM and to be a successful physician in the future: I. Sensory and Motor Touch: Osteopathic medicine requires a physician to utilize the sense of touch for examination. The education of the osteopathic student; therefore, requires a student to perform and have the ability to touch a human being, both female and male, as part of learning the osteopathic approach to diagnosis and treatment and to be touched by both female and male students and faculty as a part of the physical examination and osteopathic manipulation education. The sense of touch required includes being able to discriminate through palpation of warm, cold, and normal temperatures; and normal soft and supple tissue from tissue with spasm or other restriction. Students must be able to discern between bone, muscle, fascia, and skin, and be able to detect any abnormalities. Students must also be able to palpate the abdomen and judge for acute conditions as well as to palpate the size of internal organs and a soft abdomen from an acute and guarded abdomen. Students must also be able to palpate pulses. Therefore, students


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