West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)

Address

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine / Office of Admissions / 400 North Lee Street / Lewisburg, WV 24901

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
999
School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
DO
Public/Private
Public
Year Founded
1972
US News Rank - Research
Unranked
US News Rank - Primary Care
Unranked
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()

City Size
< 100K

Getting In

Median GPA
3.4
Median MCAT
500
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()

International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
No
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AACOMAS
Letters of Rec Required
DO letter Required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()

Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
Yes
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Early
Secondary Fee
WV Residents: $40 / Out-of-State Residents: $80
Other Tests

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
Traditional
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22 - '23)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? (500 characters)

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools? (500 characters)

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded (500 characters)

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school? (500 characters)

5. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others. (500 characters)

6. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas? (500 characters)

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? (500 characters)

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools? (500 characters)

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded? (500 characters)

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school? (500 characters)

5. How many hours per week are you willing to study in addition to the 25 hours of weekly scheduled class time? Enter a number. Optional brief comments about your study habit.

6. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others. (500 characters)

7. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas? (500 characters)

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? (500 characters or less)

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools? (500 characters or less)

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded. (500 characters or less)

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school? (500 characters or less)

5. How many hours per week are you willing to commit to studying in addition to the 25 hours of weekly scheduled class time? (500 characters or less)

6. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others. (500 characters or less)

7. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas? (500 characters or less)

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? (500 Characters)

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools? (500 Characters)

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded. (500 Characters)

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school? (500 Characters)

5. How many hours per week are you willing to commit to studying in addition to the 25 hours of weekly scheduled class time. (500 Characters)

6. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others. (500 Characters)

7. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas? (500 Characters)

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician?

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools?

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded.

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school?

5. How many hours per week are you willing to commit to studying in addition to the 25 hours of weekly scheduled class time?

6. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others.

7. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas?

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? (500 characters)

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools? (500 characters)

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded. (500 characters)

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school? (500 characters)

5. How many hours per week are you willing to commit to studying in addition to the 25 hours of weekly scheduled class time? Optional brief comments about your study habits: (500 characters)

6. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others. (500 characters)

7. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas? (500 characters)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? (500 characters)

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools? (500 characters)

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded. (500 characters)

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school? (500 characters)

5. How many hours per week are you willing to commit to studying in addition to the 25 hours of weekly scheduled class time? Optional brief comments about your study habits: (500 characters)

6. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others. (500 characters)

7. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas? (500 characters)

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? (500 characters)

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools? (500 characters)

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded. (500 characters)

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school? (500 characters)

5. How many hours per week are you willing to commit to studying in addition to the 25 hours of weekly scheduled class time? Optional brief comments about your study habits: (500 characters)

6. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others. (500 characters)

7. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas? (500 characters)

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? (500 characters)

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools? (500 characters)

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded. (500 characters)

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school? (500 characters)

5. How many hours per week are you willing to commit to studying in addition to the 25 hours of weekly scheduled class time? (empty fill in blank for #s) hours per week. Optional brief comments about your study habits. (500 characters)

6. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others. (500 characters)

7. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas? (500 characters)

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? (500 characters)

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools? (500 characters)

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded. (500 characters)

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school? (500 characters)

5. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others. (500 characters)

6. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas? (500 characters)

OPTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1. Brief comments about your study habits (In response to question about how many hours per week you will devote to study outside of classroom) (500 characters)

2. Brief comments about your volunteer experience: (In response to questions asking about clinical and non-clinical volunteer hours) (500 characters)

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