Years 3 and 4

WVSOM's clinical education program is designed to prepare students for the practice of osteopathic primary care medicine. The program is planned to emphasize the skills and abilities needed in a primary care practice and to enable graduates to be comfortable practicing in a rural community, particularly in West Virginia. It permits elective time sufficient to allow students to augment their training in specialty areas, and to successfully compete for residencies.

Years three and four of a student's medical education are often referred to as the "clinical years" because the majority of the learning takes place in clinical settings instead of in the classroom. Clinical settings include physician offices, health centers, medical centers, hospitals, etc.

Clinical Education Manual

WVSOM's official policies and procedures for the Clinical Education program are available at:

Clinical Education Resources

Clinical Education program resources (forms, applications etc) are available in one convenient location:

3rd & 4th Year Clinical Rotations

During their third and fourth years, students rotate through the following clinical disciplines:

  • Family Medicine I - 8 weeks
  • Internal Medicine I – 4 weeks
  • Pediatrics I - 4 weeks
  • Psychiatry - 4 weeks
  • Surgery I - 4 weeks
  • Dean's Selective - 4 weeks
  • Women's Health (incl. OB) - 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine - 4 weeks
  • Internal Medicine II - 4 weeks
  • Internal Medicine III - 4 weeks
  • Internal Medicine IV - 4 weeks
  • Surgery II - 4 weeks
  • Surgery III - 4 weeks
  • Pediatrics II - 4 weeks
  • Family Medicine II - 8 weeks
  • Electives - 14 weeks

Students complete their Year 3 required core rotations at a statewide campus site. Year 4 rotations may be either at the statewide campus site or at sites of their choosing. All WVSOM students complete at least 12 weeks of rotations in a rural West Virginia site, and most students choose to complete more. At least one of the Family Medicine rotations must be in a rural area and at least one must be with an osteopathic physician. All students must complete at least 4 weeks in an osteopathic hospital or one that is part of an Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution, such as Mountain State OPTI. To be sure students have sufficient training in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), all must complete at least one "James R. Stookey, D.O." OMT rotation in both their 3rd and 4th years. [Physicians interested in being a preceptor for the James R. Stookey Preceptor Program can apply here.]

In addition to their clinical rotations, students are involved in various didactic programs at their statewide campus sites. Didactic programs include "Education Days;" Clinical Case Conferences; Tumor Board; Skill Labs; and various professional development seminars.