The Carolinas Campus
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)–Carolinas campus is located at 350 Howard Street in Spartanburg, South Carolina, close to Spartanburg’s downtown area and on the site where the historic Spartan Mill used to stand. The smoke stack that remains on the VCOM campus was originally part of the Spartan Mill, and now serves as a gathering point for live music, meals and study breaks.
VCOM-Carolinas is situated on a 18-acre campus, which includes a walking and biking path with iFit workout stations, a small lake, and outside patios providing students with both indoor and outdoor environments for study and activities. The main building features theatre style classrooms, moderately sized rooms for small group learning, and clinical skills laboratories that are interconnected using modern video, computer technology, and net meeting technologies. The campus also features a state-of-the-art anatomy lab, a center for simulation and educational technology, a full library, a dining area and several lounges.
The VCOM Mission
The MISSION of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is to prepare globally-minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations and promote research to improve human health.
In the first two years at VCOM, students complete their medical education through a systems-based curriculum that integrates biomedical sciences such as anatomy, cell biology and physiology with pathology, pharmacology and clinical case-based presentations.
In years three and four at VCOM, students complete clinical training in hospitals and medical practices throughout the Appalachian region. The required core clinical experiences introduce students to all the primary care fields through family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, geriatrics and rural primary care rotations. Surgery and psychiatry are also included as core rotations to provide a broad medical knowledge base and to ensure students are introduced to these critical areas of need.
A Commitment to Serve
VCOM is developing national and international leaders with its exemplary service to areas in need, as well as a strong commitment to fostering healthier communities. Each year, VCOM faculty and students provide care to thousands of patients in underserved areas, both locally and abroad, while offering unique educational experiences for students and residents.
Students enhance their skills in providing patient centered medicine with healthcare teams through outreach. From the time they enter VCOM, students are actively involved in local area health fairs, free clinics, community education and other opportunities to engage with the community. After their first year of medical education is completed, students can participate in one-week trips to countries where VCOM operates year-round clinics for sustainable care: Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. In years three and four, medical students have the opportunity to complete international rotations for a four week duration.
Technology and Research
The Simulation and Educational Technology Center provides a safe learning environment to prepare our students for the clinical environment. Medical students complete manikin based simulations, standardized patient exams, and procedural skills in their first two years at VCOM that provide hands on instruction and experience. For many, these are the first patients they care for in an emergency situation.
VCOM students are actively involved in faculty-supervised research programs, from the newly opened stem cell laboratory at the Gibbs Research Institute to global health research at our international clinical sites. With opportunities to participate in national conferences, poster presentations and the annual Via Research Day event, students have ample opportunities to contribute to the VCOM mission of improving healthcare for those most in need.