Berry forges new path for students to attend medical school
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Berry College has partnered with
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine with campuses in Virginia, South
Carolina, and Alabama to provide major advantages for students aspiring to
The Edward Via College of
Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is a private, non-profit osteopathic medical
college. The agreement between Berry and VCOM provides two programs:
a guaranteed interview and an early guaranteed acceptance program for high
performing Berry students.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to
collaborate with Berry College. Berry alums who have attended VCOM thus
far have done exceptionally well and the mission of both institutions align
quite well. We know that together we can help educate caring and
compassionate future physicians to serve in the region,” said William P. King,
VOM Vice President for Student Services.
Students who meet the criteria can carry
out a guaranteed interview, which increases their chances for admission by
shortening the application and admission process to medical school. There are
some stipulations to the agreement such as GPA, geographic location, and/or
socioeconomic status that need to be met by the student. If a student
earns the guaranteed early acceptance, the MCAT is not needed.
Bass, a Berry College biology major who will graduate in May, has applied to
VCOM and thinks the new agreement will be a great benefit to students.
I had that option as a sophomore, I would have definitely jumped on it,” Bass
This program was established by Berry College
and VCOM due to the reduced opportunities for medical training in the United
States, the shortages of physicians in the Appalachian Region, underserved
populations, and the rural areas of Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, and
Alabama. VCOM also has a strong global health and medical missions program
which promotes altruistic care of patients.
is currently a shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas around the
Southeast. This collaboration between our two institutions will promote
students from those areas as well as those from low socioeconomic statuses
to pursue careers in medicine,” said Dr. Chris Mingone, Berry Clinical
Assistant Professor and Pre-Medical Advisor.
a result of this agreement, students who maintain a 3.4 GPA will be guaranteed
an interview with VCOM. Furthermore, students who know that VCOM is their
choice of medical school, have a strong GPA, and meet a few additional
requirements after their sophomore year can apply and earn an early guaranteed
acceptance to VCOM through the Rocovich Scholars program.
MCAT, which is an entrance requirement for most medical schools, will be waived
for those who earn the Rocovich Scholars program because VCOM officials
recognize that Berry students with a sufficiently high GPA excel in VCOM’s
is a great cost savings for our students and a very attractive part of the
collaboration. This agreement will take some of the stressors of the
application process away from the student and allow for more opportunities for
personal growth and development,” Mingone said.