EMU to send med students to Virginia Tech
The mutual covenant will guarantee acceptance of up to 10 EMU qualified students into the VCOM program by following a distinct academic protocol and by demonstrating high achievement.
The Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a private, nonprofit osteopathic medical school located in the Corporate Research Center at Virginia Tech. Founded in 2002, the mission of the school is to help alleviate the critical shortage of physicians in the Appalachian region.
To qualify for acceptance, an EMU student must complete all required undergraduate courses prior to graduation, including eight semester hours of physics, inorganic or general chemistry and six additional hours in selected science courses. In addition, they must have a science grade point average of 3.4 or better, a total GPA of 3.4 or better, have taken the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and have positive interviews with the EMU Pre-Professional Health Sciences advisory committee and the VCOM director of admissions and specific VCOM faculty members.
“This agreement is a direct response to the chronic shortage of physicians in rural areas of Virginia, primary care physicians and physicians providing care for underserved populations and medical missions,” said Roman J. Miller, Suter Endowed Chair of Biology at EMU and pre-medical adviser.
Over the last several years, the acceptance rate into medical schools is 90 percent for EMU students completing PPHS programs compared to a national acceptance rate of 47 percent.
– Story by Jim Bishop