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West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Students are the key to WVSOM's commitment to improving health care. The Admissions Committee strives to fill each class with students motivated toward primary care in rural communities; seeking students who share the school's commitment to rural health care, as well as aptitude, maturity, ability to relate to people, motivation for osteopathic medicine, personal conduct, and scholarship.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Patricia Perkins
Application fee  $80
AMCAS application accepted  No
AACOMAS application accepted  Yes
Applications accepted  July 1 (Begins)
February 15 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  N/A
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  14
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  N/A
Early decision plan offered  No
Early decision application period  N/A
Early decision plan notification date  N/A
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.50
Oldest MCAT considered  2012
Median MCAT Scores  25 MCAT total score
8 verbal reasoning
8 physical sciences
9 biological sciences
O writing
Required undergraduate course work
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  N/A
Combined college/M.D. program offered  No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL  N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.1:1
Full-time faculty  71
Part-time faculty  171
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  27
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  0
Full-time faculty in clinical program  44
Part-time faculty in clinical program  171

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $0.3
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  2
Principal investigators (PIs)  3
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  3

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Adena Health System Potomac Valley Hospital
Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital Princeton Community Hospital
Bluefield Regional Medical Center Raleigh General Hospital
CAMC Teays Valley Reynolds Memorial Hospital
Cabell Huntington Hospital River Park Hospital
Camden Clark Hospital Sharpe Hospital
Catawba State Hospital Shenandoah Memorial Hospital
Charleston Area Medical Center Southern Ohio Medical Center
City Hospital St. Francis Hospital
Clarksburg VA Medical Center St. Joseph's Hospital
Davis Memorial Hospital St. Josephs Hospital
East Ohio Regional Hospital St. Mary's Medical Center
Fairmont General Hospital Summers County ARH
Frederick Memorial Hospital Summersville Memorial Hospital
Garden City Osteopathic Hospital The Washington Hospital
Grant Memorial Hospital Thomas Memorial Hospital
Greenbrier Valley Medical Center Toledo Hospital and Children's Hospital
Holzer Health System Trinity East
Jackson General Hospital Trinity West
Jefferson Memorial Hospital United Hospital Center
Logan Regional Medical Center VA Medical Center of Beckley
Marietta Memorial Hospital War Memorial Hospital
Martinsburg VA Medical Center Weirton Medical Center
Mon General Welch Emergency Hospital
Ohio Valley Medical Center Wetzel County Hospital
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Wheeling Hospital
Plateau Medical Center Williamson Memorial Hospital
Pleasant Valley Hospital Winchester Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

Extensive clinical contact is provided throughout the program. Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations and robotics use are components of the WVSOM learning track. Pre-clinical utilize a patient-presentation curriculum. The clinical years utilize preceptors throughout the state as well as clinical settings outside of WV, include three or more months of rural rotations and emphasize primary care.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  N/A
Step 1: Percent passing  N/A
Step 1: Average score  N/A
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  N/A
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  N/A
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  N/A

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  192
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  484
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  199
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  480
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  106
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  530
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  1.8
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  1.7
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $0.3
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $4.01

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  41
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.4
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.6
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  70.0%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.50
MCAT total score  25
Acceptance rate  10.7%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.1:1
Total medical school enrollment  817

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Sharon L. Howard
Financial aid phone  (800) 356-7836



Full-time: $19,950 (in-state)
Full-time: $49,950 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $1,200
Room and board  $14,980
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $242,391

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  91%
Students receiving loans  85%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  16%
Students receiving work study  3%



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