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Academic Support and Intervention Resources (ASPIRE)

At WVSOM, the success of our students is our primary mission. We are here to help you.

Offering academic support and intervention as well as private counseling services, ASPIRE can help you get where you want to be. It's free, confidential and open to all students.

Academic Support

Success requires hard work and dedication, especially in the rigorous academic climate of medical school. Often first year medical students come to WVSOM without a clear understanding of the difficulty of the curriculum and the effort it takes to keep up with such a rigorous pace. As a result, students can quickly fall behind. For most students, studying in medical school is going to require learning new study skills and improving upon existing ones.

Adopting effective learning techniques and study habits are essential to success, and our learning experts specialize in these techniques and skills. Let us be one more resource you are able to utilize. Although we'll be there when the going gets tough, it's much easier to learn techniques before you reach that point.  

Academic Support Skills
  • Identify learning styles
  • Improve study skills
  • Increase reading speed and comprehension
  • Learn time management
  • Develop memory
  • Understand test-taking strategies
  • Test analysis
  • Board preparation
  • Learning with ADHD
Counseling Services
  • Stress 
  • Depression 
  • Relationship problems
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Coping with illness
  • Loss
  • Low self-confidence
  • Motivation
  • Alcohol / drug abuse

Psychological Assessment

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Depression/Anxiety Screening
 

Peer Tutoring Program

Our Peer Tutoring Program is designed to assist students in becoming active in the learning process and to provide a supportive and encouraging environment in which to critique their understanding of the material and ask questions.  Currently, we have seven Peer Tutors who are all second-year students at the top of their class.   Sessions are held daily, seven days a week, from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm in our Tutoring Center, located in the Main Building, B 217.  Formats include Individual Sessions, Small-Groups, and Walk-In Hours.  

In addition, small-group sessions are held in the Anatomy Lab five days per week, including weekends.  These high-demand sessions, in particular, are heavily attended.  

Also, two-hour Group Review Sessions are typically held before each major exam for all first-years.  Average attendance is 95 students.

Our Peer Tutoring Program is accredited by the College Reading & Learning Association.  Tutors are trained for 10 hours at the beginning of the academic year, including six hours of in-class lectures and quizzes. 

For more information, contact Joan Catherine Viksjo, Learning Specialist, at (304) 647 – 6339 or jviksjo@osteo.wvsom.edu.  We are here to help you!

Counseling Services

Counseling Services are provided free of charge to all students. Sessions are confidential.

Topics that can be addressed include anxiety, depression, relationship problems, self-esteem, stress management, sleep difficulties, self-confidence, loss, illness, motivation, substance abuse, suicidality, and many others.

If you would like more information about whether or not counseling services might be appropriate for your situation, please ask.

Suicide Prevention

In March of 2015, the WV Legislature passed House Bill 2535, called Jamie's Law. By September 1st, 2015, University and college leaders must have policies in place to advise students of available programs both on and off campus about depression and suicide. Incoming students must be provided with resources as they begin their college careers.

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine agrees that members of our community need to be made aware of resources available for those students who are struggling emotionally and may be considering taking their own life. WVSOM provides free, confidential counseling to all students. Each fall, time is dedicated during orientation to teach students about ways to prevent suicide, especially given the high demanding nature of the medical field.

If you are in crisis the following resources are available:

  1. Crisis Intervention
    • Local suicide prevention hotline- Seneca Health Services- (304) 497-0500
    • National suicide prevention lifeline- 800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Text START to 741-741
    • ASPIRE 24 hour on-call number – (304) 520-5856
  2. Mental Health Programs
  3. Multimedia Applications

Student Mental Health Resources at WVSOM

To schedule an initial appointment or a follow-up appointment with WVSOM's on-campus mental health providers during regular business hours, students can utilize one of the following options:

For 24/7 Emergency mental health support, students may utilize the following resources:

  • (304) 497-0500 Seneca Health Services Inc.
  • (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Preventin Lifeline
  • (304) 520-5856 ASPIRE 24/7 on-call number

In the event of an Emergency, WVSOM students can access the phone numbers for the Dean and the Director of Student Affairs via the link below: