VCOM Research Day Program Book 2023

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Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP President and Provost Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

VCOM International Medical Missions program that provides year round primary care clinics in Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. She participates in annual outreach programs in Appalachia including remote community outreach programs by the college and has for many years served the uninsured and medically underserved with time committed to community service. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State University) and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree. She completed her post-graduate work at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and entered the field of Emergency Medicine for the first seven years of her early career. She returned to Kirksville where she entered the field of Family Medicine and became board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Practice.

Residency Director at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins has served as the Administrative Officer principal to the founding of the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. As the founding Dean for VCOM, she led the College in the development of the curriculum, clinical site affiliations, budget and long range plan, and assisted in the design of the first educational and research facilities. She currently holds the position of President and Provost as well as the academic title of Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at VCOM. In 2011, Dr. Tooke-Rawlins again served as a founding Dean in the opening of the Carolina campus of VCOM in Spartanburg, South Carolina and again in 2015 in the opening of the Auburn Campus of VCOM in Auburn, Alabama. Prior to this appointment Dr. Tooke-Rawlins held the position of Interim Dean at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) in Kirksville, Missouri. Past appointments include Associate Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs at KCOM, Director of Osteopathic Medical Education and Program Director of the Osteopathic Family Practice Residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Family Practice

She currently holds several appointments nationally and the state level including President of the Virginia College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Governor appointee to the Virginia Council on Healthcare Reform and the Virginia Healthcare Workforce Development Authority. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and has served on the inspection teams for both osteopathic post-graduate training institutes and osteopathic family medical residencies. She is a board member of the American Osteopathic Foundation, and she has been a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians for more than 20 years. Dr. Rawlins has focused her career on the interests of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medical Education, Rural Health/Rural Medicine, Health Care Disparities, and Global Health. She was instrumental in the establishment of the


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