The evaluation by the MABS to D.O. Interview Committee will require a short interview with the committee to evaluate the applicant’s professionalism and fitness for VCOM. Input from program faculty, staff, and administration will also play a role in the committee’s evaluation. Benchmarks will be reviewed in December, March, and May. Students accepted from the December review will be offered a seat at one of the VCOM campuses for the following academic year, thereby eliminating the lag or glide year involved in other similar programs.
The December review is for students who achieve a benchmark GPA and MCAT, and who have a positive recommendation by the MABS to D.O. Interview Committee. The committee meets after the Fall Semester and provides a recommendation as to acceptance of the student. The MABS to D.O. Interview Committee is composed of selected MABS faculty plus administrators from each of the VCOM campuses.
The March review is for students who achieved a 3.6 or higher in the Fall Semester but did not have a benchmark MCAT score. By taking the January MCAT, such students could become eligible for the March review. All seats in the D.O. program are filled by March; therefore, students accepted in the March review are placed on the waitlist at one of the VCOM campuses. In the event that such a student does not matriculate from the waiting list for the following August, they will be offered a seat in the subsequent D.O. class. It should be noted that all acceptances from the December or March reviews are provisional and contingent upon successfully completing the program and maintaining a 3.60 GPA and a positive MABS to D.O. Interview Committee evaluation in the spring semester.
The final review is conducted at the end of the program in May for those students who did not meet earlier benchmarks. All seats in the D.O. program are filled by May; therefore, students accepted via the May benchmarks are placed on the waitlist at one of the VCOM campuses with a guaranteed admission the following year in the event that they do not matriculate from the waitlist.