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West Virginia University School of 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.

Required: US citizen; AMCAS app; on site interview; MCAT (w/in 2 yrs); US/Can college 3 yrs & 90 hrs; C grade or higher in 8 hrs each (with lab) Biol/Zool, Inorg Chem, Org Chem, Physics; 6 hrs each Engl; 9 hrs Behav Sci/Soc Sci. (Can substitute 4 hrs Biochem for 4 hrs Org Chem.) 
Strongly recommended: Cell/Molec Biol, Phys, Community service, medical shadowing.
Preferred: WV residency.


Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Hannah W. Hazard, M.D. FACS
Application fee  $100
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 4 (Begins)
November 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  October 15 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered  Yes
Early decision application period  June 4 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date  October 1
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.79
Oldest MCAT considered  2012
Median MCAT Scores  29 MCAT total score
9 verbal reasoning
10 physical sciences
10 biological sciences
Required undergraduate course work
biology/zoology physics
English behavioral science
organic chemistry social sciences
inorganic (general) chemistry general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./J.D., M.D./M.S.
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

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?  No

Stress Relief Services Offered

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


Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.7:1
Full-time faculty  696
Part-time faculty  148
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  78
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  1
Full-time faculty in clinical program  618
Part-time faculty in clinical program  147

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $11.4
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  35
Principal investigators (PIs)  30
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  56

Teaching Hospitals

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

Berkeley Medical Center  
WVU-East Veterans Medical Center
Charleston Area Medical Center Veterans Medical Center
Jefferson Medical Center West Virginia University Hospitals

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

Competency-based curriculum. Required laptop program. Integrated MS1 & 2 basic sciences. Summer clinical & research externships. MS3 clerkships: medicine, surgery, family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, psychiatry/neurology. MS4 required & elective rotations. Required: Pass USMLE Steps 1 & 2 & WVU SoM CPX; 100 hours community service; 2 months community-based clinical experience.



United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  82
Step 1: Percent passing  100%
Step 1: Average score  228
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  111
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  100%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  238

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  32
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.5
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.9
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $11.4
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $16.40

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  47
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  3.0
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.8
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  40.0%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.79
MCAT total score  29
Acceptance rate  5.5%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.7:1
Total medical school enrollment  404

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Candance L. Frazier
Financial aid phone  (304) 293-3706



Full-time: $25,380 (in-state)
Full-time: $51,804 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $1,419
Room and board  $11,448
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $156,835

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  91%
Students receiving loans  86%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  55%
Students receiving work study  1%



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