The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is a four-year osteopathic medical school offering the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. Osteopathic physicians are licensed in every state to practice the full scope of medicine including examining patients, diagnosing illness, writing prescriptions, performing surgery, as well as providing musculoskeletal manipulation. Osteopathic physicians enter every field of medicine from family practice to neurosurgery. The majority of osteopathic physicians, however; practice primary care, with approximately one-fourth of the profession providing care in small communities and rural areas.
VCOM has three campuses and while each are somewhat different they all have one common Mission: to graduate community focused, globally minded osteopathic physicians to meet the needs of the rural and medically underserved areas. This Mission is the heart and soul of VCOM, and is seen in all of our students and our Appalachian and International outreach programs. VCOM offers an opportunity for students to "make a difference" during their four years of medical education. With the recent addition of the Auburn campus, VCOM has become one of the largest medical schools in the country, yet VCOM maintains the nurturing small private college feel for the student.