LEWISBURG — The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) and Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) have signed a letter of intent to establish a regional medical school campus at CAMC in Charleston.
This new collaboration between WVSOM and CAMC will provide a stable system of core and elective rotations, didactics and other educational components for WVSOM students.
WVSOM will determine a curriculum, appoint accredited faculty and perform administrative functions at the site. CAMC will provide space for the campus and will allow the use of its Simulation Center for all students from the South Central Region of the school’s Statewide Campus system.
“WVSOM is pleased to be working with Charleston Area Medical Center on this exciting and mutually beneficial project,” said James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM’s president. “We’re always looking for opportunities that will allow our students to enhance their education, and we believe this collaboration will be a positive one both for students and for the community of Charleston.”
The two organizations have a strong history, with CAMC currently serving as one of the locations at which WVSOM students can participate in clinical education rotations. The CAMC campus is expected to launch in June 2020, with WVSOM students beginning rotations at the site in July 2020.
“Charleston Area Medical Center has had a role in the clinical training of caregivers for a very long time,” said David Ramsey, CAMC’s chief executive officer. “CAMC wants to participate in more educational programs in an effort to recruit and keep the best health care providers in southern West Virginia.”
CAMC also will provide research support services to students at the campus, and will allow WVSOM faculty members appointed to the site access to CAMC’s faculty development programs.