Graduate Medical Education

The Graduate Medical Education Department at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is headed by the WVSOM Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. This department is responsible for counseling and preparing of WVSOM students through their 3rd/ 4th years and postdoctoral opportunities and procedures. The office of the Director of the Southeastern Area Health Education Center (SE-AHEC), the Director of Rural Outreach and the office of the WVSOM GME Program Coordinator along with support staff are located within the GME Department.

The WVSOM GME office monitors and maintains the systems WVSOM students use to request 3rd and 4th elective rotations (Visiting Student Learning opportunities/ VSLO; ClinicianNexus; and AceMapps.) The Electronic Residency Application Service/ ERAS is the system the WVSOM students will use to apply for residency spots during their 4th yr. Access to this system as well as documentation upload and maintenance comes from the GME department. Monitoring, document upload and verification for participation in the Military, SF Match, AUA match and NRMP match is conducted within the GME department. For any WVSOM graduate seeking a Fellowship, they will need to contact the GME office for documentation upload to ERAS/Midus.

The GME department holds regular information session for WVSOM students for questions about 3rd/ 4th years, Residency and Match. As well providing numerous resource through the 

GME Website

The GME department also participates in academic and accreditation oversight, as well as, development of WVSOM affiliated Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved, postdoctoral training programs.  These programs are based in hospitals and training institutions located throughout West Virginia and the surrounding region and are collectively known as the Mountain State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (MSOPTI), a 501 C (3) not-for-profit education corporation accredited by the ACGME. Together, the GME Department and MSOPTI provide graduate medical education (GME) resources for MSOPTI training sites.

Mountain State OPTI

MSOPTI offers training programs in, Internal Medicine, Osteopathic Neuromuskeletal Medicine, and  Emergency Medicine. Two (2) HRSA funded, Teaching Health Centers (THCs) have partnered with MSOPTI: AccessHealth THC located in Beckley, WV- in partnership with Raleigh General Hospital (Beckley, WV) and Cornerstone Care THC located in Mt. Morris, PA-in partnership with Mon Health Medical Center (Morgantown, WV). Both centers offer Family Medicine Residency programs.

The WVSOM Associate Dean for GME also serves as MSOPTI’s Academic and Safety Officer. Supported by the MSOPTI Executive Director, the Associate Dean is responsible for the academic oversight of the consortium’s postdoctoral training programs.

WVSOM’s Statewide Campus System and the MSOPTI consortium complement one another and offer Statewide Campus students additional educational resources and opportunities.  Students are invited to attend all MSOPTI educational broadcasts which include monthly Lunchtime Lectures and alternating, quarterly OPP Refreshers and Workshops and special educational events.  Joint faculty development and educational planning programming benefit both Statewide Campus students, MSOPTI residents, and teaching faculty. 

Research and mentoring opportunities are also available through MSOPTI where resident-student interaction and collaboration are encouraged.  Additionally, the WVSOM GME Department and MSOPTI provide learning resources to MSOPTI partners/affiliates and actively promote and support the development of new resources. At this time, WVSOM Statewide Campus sites are located at or near all affiliated MSOPTI training institutions which include:

  • Access Health Teaching Health Center –Beckley, WV
  • Cornerstone Care – Mount Morris, PA
  • Greenbrier Valley Medical Center – Ronceverte, WV
  • Meritus Medical Center – Hagerstown, MD
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Toledo, OH
  • Trinity Health Systems – Steubenville OH
  • United Hospital Center – Bridgeport, WV

 Supporter training sites currently include the Beckley, WV VA Medical Center and Mon Health Medical Center (Morgantown, WV).

MSOPTI website

Supporting Clinical Education

The WVSOM GME department and MSOPTI play an important role in assisting the WVSOM Clinical Education department in obtaining the necessary educational structure and support for statewide campus sites at MSOPTI hospital locations. Through curricular development, including a three (3) year postdoctoral OPP curriculum, and distance learning broadcasts that include monthly Lunchtime Lectures and quarterly OPP Refreshers and Workshops, MSOPTI provides valuable educational resources. CME events, which are also made available to medical students, interns, and residents are sponsored by the WVSOM GME department and MSOPTI and are scheduled 2-3 times per year.

The WVSOM GME Department and MSOPTI also provide library/learning resources faculty development, and evaluation and research resources to these sites, which are coordinated through the hospital GME offices. These offices are typically very involved with the statewide campus offices and staff. As the WVSOM Statewide Campus System evolves, its educational and staff resources will positively impact the GME structure at most MSOPTI hospitals.

GME Summary

In summary, the GME department at WVSOM is multi-faceted and regularly interacts with WVSOM faculty and staff, the ACGME and their specialty colleges, , hospitals, clinics, AHECs, medical students, interns, residents, and fellows.  In addition to accreditation oversight responsibilities and the educational resources described earlier, department functions include:

WVSOM student services including:

  • Student consultation on postdoctoral opportunities and procedures
  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) coordination
  • Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) formally VSAS, coordination
  • ClinicianNexus coordination
  • AceMapps coordination
  • Match participation:  Military, SF, AUA and National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for medical students pursuing Accreditation Council Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Documentation upload for fellowship application with the ERAS/Midus system using the EDFO interface.
  • On-going GME and technical consultation to training sites, including program leadership, staff, and administration
  • AOA/ACGME committee involvement/membership  
  • Program recruitment, including residency fair exhibitions, brochure/ website production, and retention strategy development
  • Pre-inspection and on-site accreditation inspection participation/consultation
  • New program applications and development, including the use of GME consultants and exploration of alternative funding mechanisms
  • Promotion of partnerships and collaboration between academic medicine and community healthcare resources, including rural health development and outreach
  • GME data collection and tracking
  • Development of Postdoctoral OSCEs and educational seminars
  • Faculty Development
  • GME strategic planning