Who Can Apply?
The Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Track is an early assurance program designed for undergraduate students who have the desire to become an osteopathic physician and have identified the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine as their first choice for pursuing a medical education. In order to participate, students should:
- Apply for the program during their sophomore year
- Maintain a minimum Science Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher
- Have a minimum ACT score of 21 or higher, or a minimum SAT score of 980 or higher (or 1500, if including the writing test)
Accepted students must:
- Be US residents or permanent citizens
- Meet the criteria for application and matriculation
- Participate in the WVSOM admissions interview process
- By the spring of their sophomore year, applicants will have completed or be scheduled to complete 8 hours each of Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.
- Students are expected to demonstrate evidence of empathy, compassion, maturity and a commitment to life-long learning.
- Students will attend a 1 - 2 day summer program on the WVSOM campus, following the successful completion of the sophomore year.
What You Receive
A WVSOM faculty mentor will be matched to students to monitor and encourage their science progress, as well as to answer any questions. It is expected that routine contact will be made with the faculty mentor throughout the year via email, phone or personal visits.
Successful completion of the pre-osteopathic medical track earns the student an expedited application review to WVSOM, as well as an Early Admission Interview.
Junior Year Responsibilities
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine handles all applications to osteopathic medical school. During your junior year, you may submit an application to WVSOM through http://aacomas.aacom.org/.
- Schedule a summer admissions interview date with the WVSOM admissions office.
- Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and score 23 or above, with a minimum sub-score in any one area of no less than six (6).
At the time of matriculation
Students accepted into WVSOM should have completed the requirements for obtaining a bachelor’s degree and include courses in general chemistry* (8 hrs), organic chemistry (8 hrs), physics* (8 hrs), math through calculus and statistics, biology* (8 hrs) and English* (6 hrs). *Courses required by WVSOM
Courses in microbiology, immunology, biochemistry and cell biology are highly recommended. Maintain a semester undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, once accepted into the program.
Complete an application form and submit by May 1 to:
Office of the Associate Dean for Affiliated/Sponsored Programs
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
400 North Lee Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Include a letter of support from the Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Track advisor. Upon acceptance into the program, the student applicant will be notified with:
The name of a WVSOM faculty mentor who has been assigned to them.
Information on identifying a D.O. shadowing experience.
In addition to the Hippocratic Oath, osteopathic medical students take an oath to maintain and uphold four core principles of osteopathic medical philosophy:
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 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 special health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.
- The body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit.
- The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
- Rational treatment is based on an understanding of these principles:
body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.