Waynesburg to offer Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Track through WVSOM
Through an agreement between Waynesburg University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), Waynesburg will offer a Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Track beginning in the fall 2014 semester.
The Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Track is designed for undergraduates who plan to enter the study of osteopathic medicine after completing their undergraduate degrees and who have identified WVSOM as their first choice in pursuing a medical education.
Students apply to the track during their sophomore year. Eligible students then receive WVSOM faculty mentoring to assist them in their pre-medical development and application to the school. Students will also visit the campus of WVSOM, touring WVSOM and attending informational sessions with practicing physicians, basic scientists and osteopathic medical students. Students apply to WVSOM during their junior year.
Successful completion of the pre-osteopathic medical track requirements earns the student an expedited application review, as well as an early admission interview, from WVSOM.
“This country has a growing need for family doctors, pediatricians and other primary care physicians to serve the health care needs of its citizens,” said Malcolm Modrzakowski, associate dean of affiliated and sponsored programs at WVSOM. “This program is a way to identify and mentor undergraduates who are interested in the field of medicine.”
WVSOM is the number one medical school in the nation educating primary care physicians who practice in rural America. WVSOM is No. 3 in the nation for percentage of medical school graduates entering primary care specialties.
Primary care specialties include pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and internal medicine. A doctor of osteopathic medicine may also be an anesthesiologist, cardiologist, orthopedic surgeon or urologist. Osteopathic physicians may choose any specialty, prescribe drugs, perform surgeries and practice medicine anywhere in the United States, bringing a patient-centered, holistic, hands-on approach to diagnosing and treating illness and injury.
For more information, contact Waynesburg University’s Admissions Office at 724-852-3248.
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