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Auburn Goes Osteopathic :: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is Approved

UPDATE: VCOM to accept student applications for Auburn campus 
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, VCOM, has received notification from its accrediting body that it was approved to establish a new branch campus in Auburn. In 2012, VCOM, the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation and Auburn University signed a collaboration agreement to work together to establish a third VCOM campus. VCOM is fully accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, COCA, of the American Osteopathic Association, the only accrediting agency for pre-doctoral osteopathic medical education, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. VCOM now has the final accreditation approval by COCA to go forward with full licensure with the State of Alabama and to begin recruiting students. More information is available here.

The following story was originally published on September 20, 2012.

VCOM, also known as the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, has gone viral and is the hot topic on Auburn University’s campus right now. VCOM is a new era of academia that is bringing on a variety of opinions from the university’s students.

Elena Gibson, 20, is a junior at Auburn University studying Biomedical Sciences and is the Publicity Coordinator for Alpha Epsilon Delta. She was also one of a couple hundred students that were presented with the honor of attending the national convention for AEΔ.

Gibson is someone who has spent a significant amount of hours researching and studying in preparation for her field of work.  

“It would have changed my whole future,” in reference to Auburn’s upcoming Doctor of Osteopathy school.  It was the idea that initially drew her in to this subject matter. She almost chose not to attend Auburn because other universities offered medical schools that would have given her a more hands-on experience. According to Gibson, “The 150 undergraduate students coming in fall of 2015, that will receive a place in this college, will be given an experience like no other.”

Along with classes, students will be able to shadow doctors in their field, allowing them to grasp a better understanding of what their future holds. One of the most unique aspects to VCOM is that it uses a holistic approach, meaning they will study the physical, mental, and social aspects of their patient. VCOM is less specialized, meaning it will allow its students to study specifics for their job path. Gibson believes that having a more general plan of study for future medical students will increase the application rate at Auburn University.

One of the biggest struggles medical students face is not being able to get a job in rural parts of Alabama because they are only specialized in one field. “VCOM will increase healthcare in the state of Alabama because as of now there is a shortage of doctors in rural areas, and since these students will be trained in general medicine, it will allow for more job positions to open up,” Gibson said.

The new addition to the university will be a thrilling experience for the incoming class of 2015. It will give them a whole new perspective of their future medical path, as well as the opportunity to work in the state of Alabama while giving them a chance to make a difference in our community.

“Auburn University is incredibly lucky to have this new addition coming because it will change things, and I am certain that it will make a difference, not only for the school but for the students and for the state,” Gibson said.

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