The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States, is a public free-standing and independent medical school. The mission of the school is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners and to prepare them for careers in osteopathic medicine with a focus on primary care and rural medicine although a significant percentage of graduates go onto practice in many of the medical specialties. It is one of three medical schools in West Virginia and the sole institution that grants the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. WVSOM has 778 students at present.
According to U.S. News & World Report, students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine graduate with more debt than any other medical school in the United States. Of the top ten schools that graduate physicians with the most debt, WVSOM is the only public school. In 2013, the U.S. News & World Report ranked WVSOM program third for graduates entering into primary care specialties and as the ninth best rural medicine program.
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