WVSOM named a Great College to Work For, recognized on Honor Roll

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) continues to be recognized as one of the best schools in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

For the fourth consecutive year, WVSOM has been listed as one of the great colleges to work for by The Chronicle's annual report on academic workplaces. This year, the school was also selected for the Honor Roll, which is awarded to institutions that were most highly recognized within their size category.

Results were based on a survey of 278 colleges and universities along with independent surveys of employees at participating schools.

WVSOM received honors in seven categories:

  1. Compensation and benefits
  2. Facilities, workspaces and security
  3. Job satisfaction and support
  4. Professional/career-development programs
  5. Respect and appreciation
  6. Teaching environment
  7. Tenure clarity and process

WVSOM President Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D., credits the sense of community among the school's employees for the recognition.

"WVSOM has a unique identity compared to most medical schools that are part of larger universities or health systems. The faculty and staff, even the students, are part of a tightly-knit, mountain community. People look out for each other and we take personal pride in the student physicians who pass through our halls on their way to professional lives of care and compassion," Adelman said.

"Being rural doesn't mean we don't offer state-of-the-art medical education and technological innovation," he continued. "Currently, WVSOM is beta-testing the use of Google Glass in medical education and our Clinical Evaluation Center is one of only 33 simulation centers worldwide accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). As educators of patient-centered and evidenced-based medicine, the principles of holistic care that we model for our students necessarily permeate the fabric of our personal and professional interactions. What makes WVSOM a great place to work? The answer comes down to one thing — the people."

Leslie Bicksler, WVSOM associate vice president of human resources, said The Chronicle's recognition affirms the quality of WVSOM employees.

"In my experience, what makes WVSOM a 'Great College to Work For' is the combination of really bright, hardworking individuals who care deeply for the school and its mission," she said. "It's the right people in the right positions."

Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, said the schools listed in the survey not only offer outstanding workplaces, but also innovative educational experiences.

"The Chronicle's reporting shows that more colleges and universities are seeking ways to improve their workplaces," she said. "The 'formula for success' continues to evolve, yet there are certain common features among institutions that achieve significant levels of worker satisfaction. The Great Colleges to Work For program allows our readers to learn about the colleges that seem to be getting it right."

Survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and staff. The primary factor in deciding recognition was employee feedback.