Academic Support and Intervention Resources (ASPIRE)
At WVSOM, the success of our students is our primary mission. Through Academic Support and Intervention Resources (ASPIRE) we offer academic support and intervention as well as private counseling services, ASPIRE can help you get where you want to be. It's free, confidential and open to all students.
Success requires hard work and dedication, especially in the rigorous academic climate of medical school. Often first year medical students come to WVSOM without a clear understanding of the difficulty of the curriculum and the effort it takes to keep up with such a rigorous pace. As a result, students can quickly fall behind. For most students, studying in medical school is going to require learning new study skills and improving upon existing ones.
Adopting effective learning techniques and study habits are essential to success, and our learning experts specialize in these techniques and skills. Let us be one more resource you are able to utilize. Although we'll be there when the going gets tough, it's much easier to learn techniques before you reach that point.
|Academic Support Skills
Peer Tutoring Program
Counseling Services are provided free of charge to all students. Sessions are confidential.
Topics that can be addressed include anxiety, depression, relationship problems, self-esteem, stress management, sleep difficulties, self-confidence, loss, illness, motivation, substance misuse, suicidality, and many others.
If you would like more information about whether or not counseling services might be appropriate for your situation, please ask.
Resources for Alcohol and Substance Use
ScreenU is an evidence-based tool that can give you some valuable feedback on your alcohol use. Your participation is completely anonymous.
Additional ScreenU tools are available for prescription drugs and cannabis:
If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction or mental health issues, we encourage you to seek help through a private physician, mental health specialist, and/or a licensed professional counselor, as applicable.
Visit www.Help4wv.com or call 844-help4wv for immediate help for anyone struggling with an addiction or a mental health issue.
In March of 2015, the WV Legislature passed House Bill 2535, called Jamie's Law. By September 1st, 2015, University and college leaders must have policies in place to advise students of available programs both on and off campus about depression and suicide. Incoming students must be provided with resources as they begin their college careers.
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine agrees that members of our community need to be made aware of resources available for those students who are struggling emotionally and may be considering taking their own life. WVSOM provides free, confidential counseling to all students. Each fall, time is dedicated during orientation to teach students about ways to prevent suicide, especially given the high demanding nature of the medical field.
If you are in crisis the following resources are available:
- Crisis Intervention
- Local suicide prevention hotline- Seneca Health Services- (304) 497-0500
- National suicide prevention lifeline- 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Help & Hope WV- 1-844-Help4WV
- Text START to 741-741
- Trevor Lifeline- 866-488-7386
- ASPIRE 24 hour on-call number – (304) 520-5856
- Mental Health Programs
- (304) 647-6324
- Seneca Health Services Greenbrier County
- (304) 497-0500
- Multimedia Applications
Student Mental Health Resources at WVSOM
To schedule an initial appointment or a follow-up appointment with WVSOM's on-campus mental health providers during regular business hours, students can utilize one of the following options:
- Call the ASPIRE office at (304) 647-6324
- Email the ASPIRE office at firstname.lastname@example.org
For 24/7 Emergency mental health support, students may utilize the following resources:
- (304) 497-0500 Seneca Health Services Inc.
- (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- (304) 520-5856 ASPIRE 24/7 on-call number
In the event of an Emergency, WVSOM students can access the cell phone numbers for the Dean and the Director of Student Affairs in the staff directory