The Class of 2021 arrives at WVSOM

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) welcomed the Class of 2021 during the first day of orientation week on, Monday, July 24. Anticipation swept across campus as more than 200 students gathered to pick up their welcome packets, meet their new classmates and learn more about life as a student at WVSOM. 

West Virginia native Jessica Keenan is eager to meet her new peers and to begin medical school. The first-year student from Cedar Grove, W.Va., hopes to stay and make a difference in her home state.

“I love West Virginia, and I want to stay here. It’s important to me to be able to support and make an impact on the rural communities,” she said.

Brooke Kania, of New York City, said she is ready for the challenge of the next four years and is thrilled by the energy of the new class.

"There is a big sense of community here. Medical school is a stressful time and to have that support is nice," she said.

John Janousek, from Yorktown, Va., is also ready to start his dream of being a doctor at WVSOM.

"It's a beautiful area. I can see myself being successful here," he said.

Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D., Craig Boisvert, D.O., FACOFP and Jim Nemitz, Ph.D., greeted the first-year medical students, with guidance as they begin their journey through medical school. The WVSOM leaders reminded the students that the best way to thrive during the next four years is to support each other. 

"The first year is tough; it’s not easy,” said Adelman. “Working together, working hard, and staying focused and helping each other stay focused is what is going to allow you to succeed in your future endeavors.”

Students finished their first day of orientation by familiarizing themselves with their school-issued laptops, as well as a fitting for their white coats. As orientation week continues, students are introduced to the resources available on campus and receive an overview of the curriculum schedule. Other events on campus include a Community Resources Fair, the Mentor-Mentee Cookout and the President’s Reception.

Classes begin for the students, July 28.