Academic Support and Intervention Resources (ASPIRE)

At WVSOM, the success of our students is our primary mission. Through Academic Support and Intervention Resources (ASPIRE) we offer 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 a rigorous academic climate. Often first year 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 graduate 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

  • Identity 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 misuse

Peer Tutoring Program

Please click here to learn more about the Peer Tutoring Program.

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 misuse, suicidality, and many others.

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

Resources for Alcohol and Substance Use

If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction or mental health issues, we encourage you to seek help through a private physician, mental health specialist, and/or a licensed professional counselor, as applicable.

Visit or call 844-help4wv for immediate help for anyone struggling with an addiction or a mental health issue.

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:

Crisis Intervention

Mental Health Programs

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: