A Leader in Medical Education

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A leader in producing graduates who practice in rural settings, WVSOM blends the ease of living in a breathtaking mountain community with a nationally recognized faculty and innovative programs. U.S.News & World Report has ranked WVSOM among the top medical schools in the nation in primary care and family medicine for the past 22 years, solidifying the school’s reputation as a place where scientific study and compassion are joined in one curriculum.

More than a Mission Statement

To us it's not just another mission statement -- it's a living and breathing principal that guides each and every member of the WVSOM family to produce the best educated, most caring and compassionate osteopathic physicians in the world:


"“The mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to support and develop graduate medical education training; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine. WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.”



The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is fully accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

COCA is the only accrediting agency which is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDA) for accrediting institutions regarding predoctoral education of osteopathic physicians in the United States.  HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Nationally Renowned

WVSOM is known nationwide for its efforts in Rural, Family, and Primary Care Medicine:

  • No. 1 in providing primary care physicians for West Virginia.  (W.Va. HEPC Health Sciences Report Card)
  • No. 1 in the nation graduating primary care physicians who practice in rural Appalachia. (Academic Medicine)
  • No. 1 in the nation among all medical schools graduating physicians who practice in rural areas. (Academic Medicine)
  • No.  4 in the nation for percentage of medical school graduates entering primary care residencies. 70.2% of our 2017-2019 graduates entered primary care residencies.  (U.S. News & World Report, 2021 edition of “Best Graduate Schools")

Student Demographics

WVSOM's student demographics:

  • 839 total students
  • 233 in-state students
  • 606 out-of-state students
  • 415 females - 424 males
  • 209 minority students
  • Average age is 26