The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
was founded in 1974 as Greenbrier College of Osteopathic Medicine. It became part of the West Virginia
system of higher education in 1976. Its 43-acre campus is located in rural Appalachia. Its focus is on
training primary care physicians for service in rural
communities of West Virginia.
4-year. The curriculum has been designed with the
special medical needs of the population of
Appalachia in mind. The program emphasizes both
the basic and clinical sciences and extensive training
in diagnostic skills, including early clinical experiences. Students are prepared for the challenges of a
rural practice through exposure to family medicine
clerkships. The school has 2 curricular tracts for its
students during the first 2 years of the program. First
year and second years: The System-Based Learning
approach has both a classroom and laboratory focus
in teaching the basic medical sciences. Integrated
with these studies are the principles and practices of
osteopathy, physical diagnosis, and physician skills.
The Problem-Based Learning approach involves
small-group and student-oriented education and
involves case studies and structural exercises.
Courses in osteopathic manipulative treatment, physical diagnosis, physician skills, and anatomy are
taught. Third and fourth years: Involves providing
students an opportunity to gain direct primary care
clinical experience with patients in various settings in
the major areas of general medicine, while assuming
graduated responsibility. Training sites are distributed
statewide in West Virginia.
Affiliated Teaching Hospitals
The college has contractual arrangements with offcampus hospitals and clinics that provide training in
the clinical years.
There is no on-campus housing, but ample rentals are
available in the immediate vicinity.
Completion of a minimum of 3 years of college, the
MCAT, and at least a C+ grade point average are necessary. The basic premedical science courses plus 1
year of English are required. Additional courses in
molecular and organic biology are strongly recommended. A CPR certificate is required prior to matriculation. It is expected that a class size of 200 will be
selected from the applicant pool. First preference is
given to West Virginia applicants. A supplementary
application, recommendations from a preprofessional
advisory committee and a physician, as well as an
interview, are essential elements of the admission