Leaders of Meredith College and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) have formally signed an articulation agreement that will benefit Meredith graduates who apply to VCOM for admission into its Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) program.
At the ceremony, Meredith President Jo Allen said VCOM serves the national need for a healthier population, and Meredith College was fortunate to become a partner with the medical college, which seeks to provide medical care in underserved areas.
Provost Matthew Poslusny noted the growth of students interested in health careers. There are currently more than 150 students at Meredith who intend to pursue pre-health programs.
“As the program continues to grow, the articulation agreement with VCOM will benefit our students tremendously,” Poslusny said. “It provides a framework for preparation and helps students set goals that, when met, will give them an excellent opportunity to be interviewed by a medical school.”
The articulation agreement applies to both graduates of Meredith’s undergraduate programs and to those who complete the College’s pre-health post-baccalaureate certificate program. Meredith is the only school with which VCOM has an articulation agreement at both the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels.
Representing VCOM was founder John Rocovich, Jr., and Associate Vice President Bill King.
Rocovich said VCOM is a “medical school that looks like America. We are very proud of that.” He also noted that there are five Meredith College alumnae and post-baccalaureate alumni in their first year at VCOM, and three more are further along in the program.