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Originally published: 2012-07-26 14:32:47
Last modified: 2012-07-26 14:32:47

Vance graduates from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

John Frank Vance, son of Frank and Jean Vance of Crossnore, graduated on June 2, 2012, from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Vance attended North Carolina State University where he completed his pre-medical course work and graduated from the University Honors Program and received his B.A. in Religious Studies in May 2007. Prior to beginning medical school he also served a one-year term as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America.

Vance completed four years of intense medical school coursework, which included two years of biomedical courses, two years of clinical experiences at hospitals including Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va., UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, along with completing more than 200 hours of osteopathic manipulative medicine training. 

Vance will complete his internship in general surgery at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. He looks forward to practicing surgery in the Southeast and on the mission field with his wife, Lisa, and his daughters, following the completion of his training.

During his time at VCOM, Vance was a three-time recipient of the Health Focus of Southwest Virginia Scholarship. He was also honored to wear the Christian Medical and Dental Association Student Leadership Medal during VCOM commencement ceremonies.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are licensed in every state to practice the full scope of medicine and surgery, using the most current scientific knowledge to promote health and prevention and to diagnose and treat patients with disease. Osteopathic physicians prescribe medications, perform surgery and use osteopathic manipulative medicine as a tool to diagnose and treat patients. The philosophy of osteopathic medicine is based on the beliefs that, given the optimum conditions, the human body has the amazing ability to heal, that the structure of the human body is directly related to the function and that the health of the individual is related to the mind, body and spirit.