The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg is partnering with an Abingdon hospital to form a new residency program.
Beginning in 2015, up to nine graduates of the medical school will begin their residency training at Johnson Memorial Hospital.
The post-graduate program, combined with a new clinical campus the school is forming in Abingdon, “is the first step to a comprehensive answer to meeting the healthcare workforce needs for Southwest Virginia in the near future,” Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, VCOM’s dean and provost, said in a prepared statement.
VCOM will provide support personnel and other resources during a five-year startup of the residency program.
At the same time, a new VCOM office in the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center will coordinate clinical rotations that third- and fourth-year students will perform with doctors at the area’s hospitals and physician offices.
The programs are estimated to have an $28 million impact on the local economy.
VCOM, which places a priority on producing primary care physicians to practice in medically underserved areas, has helped form 10 community-based residency programs since the school was founded in 2001. The school also has a campus in Spartanburg, S.C.