The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States, is a public free-standing and independent medical school. The mission of the school is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners and to prepare them for careers in osteopathic medicine with a focus on primary care and rural medicine although a significant percentage of graduates go on to practice in many of the medical specialties. It is one of three medical schools in West Virginia and the sole institution that grants the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. WVSOM has 778 students at present.
According to U.S. News & World Report, medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine graduate with more debt than any other medical school in the United States. Of the top ten schools that graduate physicians with the most debt, WVSOM is the only public school. In 2014, the U.S. News & World Report ranked WVSOM program third for graduates entering into primary care specialties and as the eleventh best rural medicine program.
The Interfaith Amigos speak at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine - The Interfaith Amigos speak at medical school regarding spirituality in health and healing.
Purchasing a facility once used as Greenbrier Military School (1812â"1972), the Greenbrier College of Osteopathic Medicine began as a private school with a class of 36 students in 1974. Two years later, in 1976, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission brought the school under its umbrella, establishing it as a state-funded public institution now named the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1978, WVSOM graduated its first class of 33 students. Extensive renovations started in 1992 and continue into the present time, with construction just completed on a new 19,000-square-foot (1,800Â m2) building that includes exam rooms and laboratory space. WVSOM has spent more than $38 million on construction and renovation projects while increasing from one building in 1974 to 12 campus facilities across its more than 50-acre (200,000Â m2) campus, all of this was accomplished while maintaining a debt free financial status.
WVSOM was founded on the principles of osteopathic medicine, a branch of medicine founded by frontiersman Andrew Taylor Still in the mid-to-late 19th century. The basic premise of osteopathic medicine is that a physicianâs primary role is to facilitate the bodyâs inherent ability to heal itself. While originally designed as an improvement on the traditional medicine of 19th century America, osteopathic medicine became a reformation within the U.S. healthcare system while remaining distinct from other forms of medicine. In addition to a medical education, students at WVSOM also learn holistic techniques and are trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), manual-based therapies used to relieve pain, restore range of motion and foster the bodyâs own ability to heal itself. Medical school at WVSOM is a four-year program, with two years of training located at the Lewisburg-based campus and the final two years taking place off-campus during clinical rotations. WVSOM uses human subject robots as part of its training. The lifelike robots breathe, cry, defecate, bleed, and are anatomically correct, allowing students to practice nearly every aspect of patient care, including checking vital signs, inserting a chest tube and performing CPR.
WVSOMâs current enrollment stands at 778 students, with out-of-state students composing the majority (557 out of stateÂ :221 in state). The median age is 27, and there are students from 46 states currently attending WVSOM. The male female ratio is roughly equal with 369 females and 409 males. WVSOM maintains a diverse ethnic community on campus, with 161 minority students. AACOMAS reports that 3,283 students applied for admission into WVSOMâs most recent class (Class of 2013).
- West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
- American Osteopathic Association
- West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission