Graduate Medical Education

The Graduate Medical Education (GME) department at WVSOM is responsible for the academic and accreditation oversight, and development of WVSOM sponsored, American Osteopathic Association (AOA) approved, postdoctoral training programs. These programs are based in hospitals located throughout West Virginia and the surrounding region, and are collectively known as the Mountain State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (MSOPTI), a 501 C 3 not-for-profit education corporation accredited by the AOA.

Together, the GME Department and MSOPTI also provide graduate medical  educational consultation and resources for MSOPTI training sites, and WVSOM students pursuing postdoctoral opportunities.

The WVSOM GME Department is headed by the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education who serves as MSOPTI's Academic Officer and is responsible for the oversight of the consortium's osteopathic Directors of Medical Education and Residency Program Directors.

MSOPTI is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of member hospital CEOs (or proxies) and WVSOM officials, including the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, who serves as the Board Chair, WVSOM's Vice President for Finance who serves as the OPTI's Treasurer, and the Associate Dean for GME.

The GME department monitors hospital (postdoctoral) program functioning and supports graduate medical education at these locations with value added resources and on-going consultation. Through MSOPTI and WVSOM resources, the department is afforded financial, technical, and staff support, all which enhance the school's mission and program success.

GME Website

Mountain State OPTI

The MSOPTI administrative office currently consists of three employees: the Executive Director, an Administrative Assistant and a secretary. The Southeastern Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) was recently positioned under MSOPTI for grant support. The WVSOM Office of Rural Development rounds out the GME Department, which also includes additional secretarial support positions to assist GME functions.

WVSOM's Statewide Campus System brings additional resources to MSOPTI postdoctoral sites. At this time, WVSOM statewide campus sites are located at all training locations.

MSOPTI institutions that are part of the WVSOM statewide campus system include:

  • AccessHealth Teaching Health Center –Beckley, WV 
  • Bluefield Regional Medical Center - Bluefield, WV
  • Charleston Area Medical Center – Charleston, WV
  • Cornerstone Care Teaching Health Center - Mt. Morris, PA
  • Greenbrier Valley Medical Center – Fairlea, WV​
  • Meritus Medical Center- Hagerstown, MD
  • Trinity Health System- Steubenville, OH
  • United Hospital Center – Clarksburg, WV

MSOPTI website

Supporting Clinical Education

The WVSOM GME department and MSOPTI play an important role in assisting the WVSOM Clinical Education department in obtaining the necessary educational structure and support for statewide campus sites at MSOPTI hospital locations. Through curricular development, including a three (3) year postdoctoral OPP curriculum, and distance learning broadcasts that include monthly Lunchtime Lectures and quarterly OPP Refreshers and Workshops, MSOPTI provides valuable educational resources. CME events, which are also made available to medical students, interns, and residents are sponsored by the WVSOM GME department and MSOPTI and are scheduled 2-3 times per year.

The WVSOM GME Department and MSOPTI also provide library/learning resources faculty development, and evaluation and research resources to these sites, which are coordinated through the hospital GME offices. These offices are typically very involved with the statewide campus offices and staff. As the WVSOM Statewide Campus System evolves, its educational and staff resources will positively impact the GME structure at most MSOPTI hospitals.

GME Summary

In summary, the GME department at WVSOM is multi-faceted and regularly interacts with WVSOM faculty and staff, the AOA, AOA specialty colleges, OPTIs, hospitals, clinics, Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), medical students, interns and residents. In addition to accreditation oversight responsibilities and the educational resources described earlier, department functions include:

  • WVSOM student services, including:
    • Student consultation on postdoctoral opportunities and procedures
    • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) coordination
    • Match participation: D.O. match for osteopathic medical students pursuing D.O. and dual accredited postdoctoral programs and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for medical students pursuing Accreditation Council Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or allopathic programs
  • On-going GME and technical consultation to hospital sites, including program leadership, staff, and administration
  • AOA committee involvement/membership
  • Program recruitment, including residency fair exhibitions, brochure/website production, and retention strategy development
  • Pre-inspection and on-site accreditation inspection participation/consultation
  • New program applications and development, including the use of GME consultants and exploration of alternative funding mechanisms
  • Promotion of partnerships and collaboration between academic medicine and community healthcare resources, including rural health development and outreach
  • GME data collection and tracking
  • Development of Postdoctoral Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and educational seminars
  • Faculty Development
  • GME strategic planning