Academics: A Legacy of Excellence

Image: A WVSOM professor instructs students in patient care

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. Our medical students are the top priority. 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.

The student-centered class structure offers a 21st century, clinically integrated approach to medical education. Courses are presented in three major areas: Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

The modern WVSOM library provides electronic resources to supplement print items, and provides both on-campus and remote access to more than 8,000 e-journals, hundreds of e-books, and many medical databases.

Years 1 & 2

In the first two years of the comprehensive medical education program, learning takes many forms: in the lecture hall, in the laboratory, and through interaction with standardized patients and 24 high fidelity human simulators including male and female adults, children, newborns and a robot that simulates delivery of a baby.

In a survey of current students, the emphasis on early clinical experience was their number one reason for attending WVSOM. Students learn a variety of clinical skills with real patients as early as their first year. These curricular activities integrate the basic sciences and their application to the patient.

Years 3 & 4

During years three and four, students have the advantage of WVSOM's Statewide Campus. The system of seven main sites located throughout West Virginia with additional surrounding partner hospitals and clinics allows students to hone clinical skills in physician offices and hospital settings.

Graduate Medical Education

The Graduate Medical Education Department is responsible for the academic and accreditation oversight, and development of WVSOM sponsored, AOA approved, postdoctoral training programs. These programs are based in hospitals located throughout West Virginia and the surrounding region, and are collectively known as the Mountain State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (MSOPTI).

A Faculty Committed to Teaching

You won't find a graduate student teaching a class at WVSOM. Our faculty would rather be in the classroom than researching in a lab, and they are dedicated teachers who do more than instruct, they pass along their passion for medicine to the next generation of healers. Students are instructed by clinical doctors and Ph.D. level scientists.

The open friendliness of the faculty, combined with a desire to produce quality doctors, allows students to meet the high standards of success at WVSOM.