WVSU, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Sign Memorandum of Understanding


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September 13, 2022



West Virginia State University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Sign Memorandum of Understanding


INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to better prepare WVSU students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of osteopathic medicine. 

The agreement signed today by WVSU President Ericke S. Cage and WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., will provide skills and credentials necessary for admission to and success in osteopathic medical school through the WVSOM Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Program.

“Partnerships like this are a win-win not only for both of our institutions but more importantly for our students by creating a well-defined pathway for those who are interested in pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine,” said WVSU President Ericke Cage. “These types of relationships are critical to help produce the trained professionals that the medical field needs in West Virginia and nationwide, and I thank President Nemitz for making this opportunity available to our students.”

“This partnership will identify students who are driven to succeed and who have an early interest in osteopathic medicine, allowing WVSOM to provide mentorship and guidance for successfully navigating the path to medical school,” said WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D. “We are thrilled to be working with West Virginia State University to find students who excel in the classroom and who will eventually excel in providing patient care to West Virginians.”

The goal of the Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Program at WVSOM is to promote osteopathic medicine, increase the number of excellent applicants, support aspiring osteopathic physicians at all levels of education, and continue the proud legacy of osteopathic medicine. Students who successfully complete all program requirements will receive guaranteed acceptance to WVSOM.

This program will ensure that students will have the opportunity to network with medical students, medical professionals, and provide/assist with shadowing opportunities, while at the same time improving their knowledge of osteopathic medicine.  

The Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Program is a partnership established between WVSOM and affiliated institutions. The program is designed for undergraduate students who have an interest in osteopathic medicine and plan to enter osteopathic medical school.  

For more information on the program, visit https://www.wvsom.edu/admissions/pomp.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.


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