WVSOM listed third in nation for primary care residents

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) was listed third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for producing the most primary care residents.

The 2020 edition of the publication’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” recognized WVSOM for the 21st consecutive year.

The report shows that 70.2 percent of WVSOM graduates from 2016 to 2018 entered primary care residencies upon their completion of medical school. This is a slight increase from last year’s 69.2 percent.

This distinction solidifies WVSOM’s reputation among allopathic and osteopathic medical schools nationwide. Eight of the top 10 spots in the listing were osteopathic medical schools.

“This placement demonstrates that WVSOM is meeting our mission to provide support for graduate medical education that will allow our graduates to secure residency spots, specifically emphasizing primary care in rural areas. The fact that we continue to be recognized for producing primary care residents is great evidence that we are fulfilling our mission each year with a new set of graduates,” said President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D.   

Upon successful completion of medical school, graduates enter a residency program to further expand their knowledge in specific fields of study. While primary care, which encompasses family medicine, rural medicine and pediatrics, is the leading field at WVSOM, graduates also enter into a variety of specialties such as surgery, urology, pulmonology and dermatology.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates and the work they accomplish,” said Craig Boisvert, D.O., WVSOM’s vice president for academic affairs and dean. “Our focus educates students to be well-rounded physicians. While WVSOM does place an emphasis on educating students who want to enter primary care residencies, they are not limited to those alone. Our students are prepared for any specialty when they complete medical school.”

The complete listing can be found at https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools.

Date Added: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019