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. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 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.
An ad hoc strategic planning committee with representatives from the WVSOM’s administration, alumni, Board of Governors (BOG), faculty, staff, students and the Lewisburg community created a strategic plan outline which was reviewed by each constituent group. The strategic plan was revised based on input from the constituent groups prior to submission to the WSOM BOG for approval. The five-year Institutional Strategic Plan was approved by the WVSOM BOG at its March 2020 meeting.
The WVSOM Institutional Strategic Plan is focused on the school’s mission and addresses the following five areas: Educational Excellence, Research, Community Outreach, Infrastructure and Reputation. The strategic plan affirms that education is the primary focus of the institution with the other areas supporting the educational mission. Research is also an area of focus of the strategic plan to enhance the educational and service goals of the institution. Finally, service to West Virginia and its citizens to address the health care needs of the state is a major focus of the institutional strategic plan.