Academic Path

The WVSOM medical education program fosters the development of caring and compassionate physicians. Our rigorous program produces physicians who are dedicated, disciplined and committed to mastering knowledge and embracing a compassionate bedside manner. The patient-centered curricular structure offers a clinically integrated approach to medical education.

First and Second Years: Patient Presentation Curriculum (PPC)

WVSOM's PPC uses the most common ways patients present to a physician to form the framework around which the curricular content is taught.

Throughout the first two years, the PPC uses small and large group activities such as flipped classrooms and team-based learning to supplement lectures and labs. The team-based learning and 22 human patient simulators complement the standardized patient labs and electronic health record training that all occur in WVSOM's Clinical Evaluation Center (CEC).

First- and second-year students excel when they utilize the CEC, where they train with standardized patients and human patient simulators. Beyond basic history and physical skills, their simulator experiences in the CEC include delivering babies, inserting central lines, using ultrasound technology or managing emergency situations. Students indicate they want to spend more time in these labs.

The WVSOM Osteopathic Principles and Practice department continues to provide students with a strong program, which includes the Student Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) clinic.

This experience allows students to practice their diagnosis and clinical hands-on skills on patients who are referred by local physicians.

Third and Fourth Years: Statewide Campus

In the third and fourth year, students are assigned to one of six regions in the state where 22 hospitals serve as base sites for their medical education. Additionally, 38 other hospitals in the region serve as training sites for third- and fourth-year students.

Within the Statewide Campus, students fulfill the majority of their core clinical rotations that include eight weeks each of family medicine and internal medicine plus four weeks each of general surgery, psychiatry, pediatrics, OB-GYN and emergency medicine.

During this time, WVSOM's Rural Health Initiative provides students interested in rural medicine the chance to enhance and expand their rural rotation experiences. Students take advantage of international experiences through clubs and elective rotations.

In the fourth year, students are required to complete rotations of eight weeks each in surgery, internal medicine and family medicine. Additionally, students must complete four weeks of pediatrics and 10 weeks of electives.

The fourth year may be completed at their current Statewide Campus site, another SWC site or at an approved site of their choosing.



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