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Bethany College Announces its First Medical School Graduate Program Partnership with West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College continues to add new and exciting partnerships to its lineup. Now a first of its kind opportunity for Bethany students is being announced—the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is officially a Bethany College partner.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, WVSOM and Bethany College signed a memorandum of understanding to provide a new opportunity to those attending Bethany College in pursuit of a future medical degree. This MOU will ensure that Bethany College students who have an interest in osteopathic medicine will have direct access to the Pre-Osteopathic program at WVSOM. Students who successfully complete all program requirements will receive guaranteed acceptance to WVSOM.

“We are extremely proud to bring our current and prospective students’ new opportunities and exceptional value by attending Bethany College,” says Bethany President Dr. Jamie Caridi. “So many students dream of one day being a physician, but are intimidated by the fact that nationally only a third of those who apply ever get accepted. This partnership with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine ensures that Bethany students will be guaranteed a seat at one of the best medical schools in the country. “

To qualify for the program, students must be at least a sophomore enrolled at Bethany College with a science G.P.A. of 3.4 or higher and must have completed eight hours of both biology and chemistry with labs.

“WVSOM is thrilled to establish this guaranteed admissions program with Bethany College,” says Jim Nemitz, President of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. “This program will enable Bethany students pursuing the dream of becoming a physician to secure a seat at our medical school. We look forward to seeing more Bethany students on our campus in the coming years!”

Students accepted into the program will be assigned a WVSOM faculty mentor to monitor their progress and answer questions. They will also provide students with job shadowing opportunities and chances to expand their network with medical professionals.

WVSOM has ranked as one of the nation’s top medical schools for over two decades. WVSOM is also number one in the nation among all medical school graduating physicians who practice in rural areas according to Academic Medicine.

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