Pre-Doctoral Clinical Education

Years 3 and 4

WVSOM's clinical education program is designed to prepare students for the practice of osteopathic primary care medicine. The program is planned to emphasize the skills and abilities needed in a primary care practice and to enable graduates to be comfortable practicing in a rural community, particularly in West Virginia. It permits elective time sufficient to allow students to augment their training in specialty areas, and to successfully compete for residencies.

Statewide Campus

WVSOM Statewide Campus

The Statewide Campus system at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine consists of six regions across the state where third- and fourth-year medical students fulfill their clinical rotations in participating West Virginia hospitals.

The system is geared toward an enhanced curriculum that encourages students who become physicians to practice in West Virginia.


Pre-Clinical: Years 1 & 2

Preclinical Education consists of Years 1 and 2 of the educational program. During these two years, students will learn in the Patient Presentation Curriculum (PPC). Please see the New Preclinical Curriculum page for a full description.


Osteopathic Manual Manipulation (OMM)

Osteopathic medicine is a complete system of medical care with a philosophy that combines the needs of the patient with the current practice of medicine, surgery, and obstetrics, that emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function and that has an appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself.


The Mountain State OPTI

Mountain State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions, Inc.(MSOPTI) or Mountain State OPTI was accredited by the American Osteopathic Association in June, 1999.

The consortium is comprised of a central member, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Lewisburg, West Virginia, and its partner hospitals. See Affiliated Hospitals for a list and locations of the MSOPTI partners.



James R. Stookey Library Mission



Research Mission

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine educates primary care osteopathic physicians for rural communities. The school is dedicated first and foremost to service for West Virginia and prepares graduates to care for the special health care needs of West Virginia's elderly population.

The institution mission is supported by education, service and research. Research is fundamental to and consistent with quality medical education and improved community health.


WVSOM Faculty

WVSOM has outstanding academic personnel to design, administer, and teach all phases of our curriculum.

As of January 2014, WVSOM's full-time faculty includes:


Academics: A Legacy of Excellence

The WVSOM medical education program fosters the development of caring and compassionate physicians. WVSOM is leading the charge to elevate community-based services to a more prominent position in our nation’s health care system.The medical students are the top priority at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Our rigorous program produces well-trained doctors who are dedicated, disciplined and committed to being the best physicians by the books and by the bedside.