Institutional Mission: 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.
WVSOM is committed to engaging students, faculty, and staff in research and scholarly activity. As an institution, whose mission is to educate lifelong learners, WVSOM provides research and scholarly activity experiences for students, and maintains a program of professional development for faculty and staff as a means to meet the mission of lifelong learning.
As part of WVSOM’s Institutional Strategic plan for the next 5 years, WVSOM’s Research and Scholarly Activity (R&SA) 5-year strategic plan was developed to meet the overarching Institutional strategic plan goals.
There are three specific goals for research in the Institutional strategic plan, described below, and strategies for how to achieve those goals. The development of the R&SA Strategic Plan for 2020-2025 was facilitated by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) and began with input provided during the Institutional strategic planning meeting on March 9, 2019. Input was further gathered from faculty and staff. The Faculty Research Committee and ORSP worked to draft the R&SA Strategic Plan which was provided broadly to all faculty and various stakeholders (e.g., Office Business Affairs, Marketing and Communications, General Counsel's Office, Admissions, Alumni Association, Information Technology) for additional input. The plan was approved by the Faculty Research Committee, Faculty Assembly and WVSOM administration.
In addition, the Research and Scholarly Activity Strategic plan includes the following goal and strategies, which are designed to meet additional goals in the Institutional Strategic plan related to Educational Excellence, GME, Community Outreach and Reputation.