The WVSOM Wellness Committee

The WVSOM Wellness Committee, comprised of students, faculty and staff, was established in June 2017. Guided by our vision of wellness as the ongoing, adaptive pursuit of optimal emotional, physical, and spiritual balance, the Committee shares guidance and develops activities that encourage members of the WVSOM community to consider their current levels of wellness as well as their goals for the future.

The Committee is also guided in its work by the COCA standards:

Preliminary Element 5.3: Safety, Health, and Wellness:
A COM must publish and follow policies and procedures that effectively mitigate faculty, staff, and student exposure to infectious and environmental hazards, provide education on prevention of such exposures, and address procedures for care and treatment after such exposures. A COM must also publish and follow policies related to student, faculty, and staff mental health and wellness and fatigue mitigation.

Meeting at least once per semester, the Committee’s key activities include the following:

  • Collect feedback from wellness stakeholders for quality improvement activities;
  • Be available for questions, comments and wellness related concerns;
  • Advise HR on appropriate employee health and wellness development topics;
  • Provide Student Affairs with student feedback regarding health and wellness needs;
  • Work with various departments and divisions to develop programs designed to encourage increased health and wellness;
  • Maintain a web presence to promote health and wellbeing.

Current WVSOM Health & Wellness Resources:

WVSOM offers a wide range of health and wellness services to employees and students to promote their well-being. These services include community engagement opportunities, a fitness facility, and programs related to health and wellness. Recent programs have included fitness classes as well as the Wellness Committee’s Activities Showcases in which members of the WVSOM community demonstrated leisure activities they enjoy, encouraging others to sign up to join them.

The Wellness Committee also established and maintains a Wellness Collection of books in the WVSOM library. All members of the WVSOM community are eligible to use the WVSOM Founders Activities Center which has a full-size gymnasium, indoor running track, free weights, and state-of-the-art aerobic and cardio machines. Additionally, WVSOM has a parade ground for outdoor activities, and the WVSOM Park which is open to the public.

A Word about Fatigue Mitigation

The Wellness Committee also recognizes that fatigue mitigation is a critical issue in healthcare. In preparation for their entry into graduate medical education, WVSOM underscores the critical importance of training students to be cognizant of fatigue-related issues, leading to effective management of these issues in the future.

Some strategies for fatigue mitigation include naps, effective scheduling, realistic expectations regarding workload and effective delegation and collaboration, all of which students can start practicing now. Students are especially encouraged to maintain regular sleep schedules to avoid diminished capacity for learning.

ASPIRE: An Additional Wellness Resource for Students

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the ASPIRE office as an additional resource for their wellbeing. Offering academic support and intervention as well as private counseling services, ASPIRE can help student get where they want to be. It's free, confidential and open to all students. For more information about ASPIRE, visit their webpage.

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Current Members of the Wellness Committee

Tracey Anderson, Ed.D., Director of Accreditation

Joseph Chafardon, OMS II

Ginger Conley, Learning Specialist & Licensed Professional Counselor

Mary Essig, Director of Library

Brian Griffith, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Jandy Hanna, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Research & Professor

Andy Kelso, Ph.D., Human Resources Specialist

Maple Landvoigt, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Science

Carrie Lawrence, Accountant Senior

Brenda Lemine, Program Assistant II

Joyce Martin, Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Morrow, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Andrea Nazar, D.O., Chair, Clinical Sciences & Professor

Robert Pepper, D.O., Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education

Julianna Quick, Learning Specialist & Licensed Professional Counselor

Dina Schaper, D.O., Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Science

Deborah Schmidt, D.O., Chair, OP&P & Associate Professor

Jennifer Voorhees, OMS II