Secondary Essay Prompts for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus

2018 – 2019

1) Describe the top three reasons you have chosen osteopathic medicine as your professional choice in becoming a physician (Please use your own description and not one that widely describes the profession).

2) Professionalism and the ability to gain respect in the community in which you live is of utmost importance as you embark upon a career as a physician. What three professional qualities do you feel a Student Doctor must be able to demonstrate as he/or she makes the transition into the study and practice of medicine. How will you demonstrate those qualities as a medical student at VCOM?

3) Please describe a volunteer or service activity that played a large part in your decision to become a physician.

4) In the event you submitted an application to VCOM last year, what improvements have you made to your application?

5) If you have not completed all the prerequisite coursework, please state how you intend on completing it prior to matriculation.

6) Have you had any lapse of 2 years or greater in taking full time college-level coursework?

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia Campus (VCOM-Virginia) in Blacksburg, VA.

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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus Secondary Essays

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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia Campus 2017-2018 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 739
  • First-year enrollment: 184

Primary application service: AACOMAS

  • Primary application deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Supplemental application deadline: Rolling

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 86%
  • Non-Science majors: 13%
  • Graduate degree(s): 12%

Learn more about this school:

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus
2265 Kraft Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 231-6138

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