OK, here goes nothing. I still have to go fill out the interview feedback but thought maybe writing some would jog my mem a bit. First, if you are invited to VCOM I HIGHLY suggest showing up a day early to make sure you find the correct building for the interview. Second, I highly recommend the Hampton Inn in Christensburg/Blacksburg, the accomodations are excellent, internet access in the lobby (they have a comp setup) and data connections for modem in room, an excellent breakfast and its only $8 more than the comfort Inn if you get the cheapest rates for both and compare online. Also drive around, blacksburg and christenburg have malls, shops, stores and a nice selection of restaurants, CHEAP GAS PRICES TOO! V tech is an unbelieveable campus, its beautiful and HUGE. Buildings going up EVERYWHERE! ok now to the stuff that really matters, the school. As I have said, the main medical building is incomplete. Projected completion is sometime in April 2003. From the floor plans I saw it looks like the building will house two lecture halls of 160 seats (for class size 150), one 80-computer computer lab, huge anatomy lab, case study rooms, and separate OMM rooms. Dr. Rawlins stated that she did not like the commotion of a single big room OMM class so there are about 5-6 OMM rooms for teaching divided off. Turns out the 5 of us (me and four others) were the first students ever to interview at VCOM and everyone was excited to see us as we were to be there. Dean Rawlins is awesome, very nice, down to early and knows exactly what she wants her college to be like. The dean of the college was the person who started the day with a powerpt presentation about the school, its curriculum, goals and a bunch of slides about what osteopathic medicine is (I think I know why those were included). If anyone in my group was listening to her, she stated that they had just gotten back from UVA for a presentation on Osteopathic medicine and VCOM so I suspect there was a little recycling of powerpt presentations. Either way it was a good refresher. After the hour presentation we were hauled off to three separate, half-hour interviews with faculty. I interviewed with two DO's and a Ph.D. prof that is going to be teaching physio. Fairly standard interview questions with some outliers. SO, after interviews were finished they took the 5 of us out to lunch at a nice sandwich restaurant that was excellent. They drove us around Blacksburg and Christensburg showing us the type of (*AMAZING*) apts avail for living possibilites. Came back to campus had a very short meeting with the financial aid woman and another with the registrar (bless Nann's little heart), and the day was done by 3ish. Some things to note: -Dean Rawlin's came from KCOM -She wants VCOM to do a lot of clinical research on patient care in the US. -She is so confident in the curriculum and her faculty that all VCOM students are required to take both USMLE and COMLEX. -VCOM was the first DO school to make it through the 5-step accreditation process flawlessly. -dress code consists of nice pants and collared shirts (ties not required). -VCOM wants to try and graduate ~50% of its graduates to rural medical practices, be prepared for those questions -deposit is $1000, time of response from acceptance is unknown -We will be finding out within two weeks about the interview. my impression: This school has its S*** together. They're aiming to compete for the position of top DO school in the US and are doing everything in their power to build an extremely strong program. The faculty and staff are ambitious and friendly. I went in with apprehension and came out with excitement and enthusiasm. This is the kind of school you have to see for yourself. I can not possibly convey the feeling in the air the dean put, but you know when the day is over there's something special being built in Blacksburg. suggestion: if you can afford the trip don't pass this up GOOD LUCK EVERYONE I'll post more as I remember more.