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More than a Mission Statement
To us it's not just another mission statement. It's a living and breathing principle that guides each and every member of the WVSOM family to produce the best educated, most caring and compassionate osteopathic physicians in the world:
“The mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to support and develop graduate medical education training; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine. WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.”
Medical School as it Should Be
Where tech meets hometown. It's a personal touch combined with cutting-edge technology that makes the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine the perfect place for future physicians to expand their minds while learning a personal, holistic approach to medicine.
No. 1 in Rural Primary Care
A leader in producing graduates who practice in rural settings, WVSOM blends the ease of living in a breathtaking mountain community with a nationally recognized faculty and innovative programs. U.S.News & World Report has ranked WVSOM among the top medical schools in the nation in primary care and family medicine for the past 14 years, solidifying the school's reputation as a place where scientific study and compassion are joined in one curriculum.
WVSOM is known nationwide for its efforts in Rural, Family, and Primary Care medicine:
No. 1 in the nation graduating primary care physicians who practice in rural Appalachia (Academic Medicine April 2012).
No. 3 in the nation for percentage of medical school graduates entering primary care specialties (U.S.News & World Report)
No. 12 in family medicine specialty ranking according to the U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" 2015 annual publication.
No. 16 in rural medicine specialty ranking according to the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" 2015 annual publication.
WVSOM Community Named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is a free-standing medical school nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. WVSOM is located in "America's Coolest Small Town" (Budget Magazine 2011) just minutes from the famed Greenbrier® Resort, a Five Diamond hotel and spa and host of the PGA’s annual Greenbrier Classic. WVSOM brings over 40 years of history serving the health and wellness needs of the Greenbrier Valley, the state of West Virginia and beyond. The school’s small-town, rural community cherishes its connection with the college and our students are actively engaged in service outreach and support for over 40 non-profit organizations in this area. Additionally, WVSOM faculty and staff enjoy a vibrant cultural community which features one of only four operating Carnegie Halls in the world, as well as the state professional theatre of West Virginia. Throughout the year, employees can enjoy live plays and musicals, a broad representation of visual artists, an annual chocolate festival, a flourishing literary series, and live music events within a historic preservation area featuring 19th century architecture, unique shops and dining, and limitless outdoor recreation. This one-of-a-kind environment brings together farmers and artists, lumbermen and world-renowned musicians, holistic physicians and thrill-seeking whitewater rafters in a diverse melting pot that is truly unique!
Quiet Country Setting - High Adventure Recreation Don't let the quiet beauty of Greenbrier County fool you. There are opportunities for adventure just around the corner including whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, skiing and mountain climbing.
Combine the natural beauty with a thriving arts community and historic Lewisburg becomes the perfect place to live, learn and grow.
Visit the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and see a place where students become top-notch physicians in both mind and spirit.
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is committed to fostering an educational environment that values the development of human potential, cultural and ethnic diversity, and understanding. WVSOM will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, veteran or military status, disability, genetic information, or other category that is protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. WVSOM neither knowingly affiliates with nor grants recognition to any individual, group or organization having such discriminatory policies or practices. This rule extends to all WVSOM activities related to the management of its educational, employment, financial, business and other affairs. It applies to all personnel management practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, layoff and termination. WVSOM is committed to maintaining an atmosphere that is free of discrimination and harassment in any form. WVSOM will continue to take affirmative action measures to ensure the entry of qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities as defined by law into the faculty, staff and student bodies. In education, equal opportunity on a merit basis is fundamental to equality in all other forms of human behavior; therefore, commitment to this goal is required of every WVSOM employee.