BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College held a joint agreement signing Tuesday morning to launch the ‘Go D.O.’ Early Scholars Program. The agreement was signed by both WVWC President Joel Thierstein and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine President James Nemitz.
This program will guarantee acceptance into the WVSOM, upon successful completion of Wesleyan’s undergraduate program requirements and interview, as well as a waived MCAT.
“Building on West Virginia Wesleyan’s tradition of excellence, the ‘Go D.O.’ Early Scholars Program is truly a launching pad for students pursuing a career in medicine,” said Thierstein. “Wesleyan’s strong track record of preparing undergraduate students for medical school is a perfect match with the high-quality education and training they will receive at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.”
Nemitz described the program as a “win-win-win-win,” for both institutions, students, and the Mountain State, while Thierstein stated, “It’s a win for our college, top to bottom.”
“The establishment of a ‘Go D.O.’ Early Scholars Program for eligible West Virginia Wesleyan College students is a win for both institutions and for the state of West Virginia,” Nemitz said. “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.”
To get into the ‘Go D.O.’ Early Scholars Program, both in-state and out-of-state students must score at least a 1390 on the SAT and/or at least a 30 on the ACT standardized tests and at least a 3.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Thierstein explained he has been working on this partnership for four years, stating that when he started at the college, he was aware of the state’s need for producing and keeping healthcare workers. Thierstein hopes this program will enable healthcare professionals to stay in the state, and hopefully even come back to Buckhannon. “One of the founding ideals of the ‘Go D.O.’ Early Scholars Program is to keep the best and brightest students of West Virginia in West Virginia. By the same token, we want to attract the best and brightest students from other states to come to West Virginia,” Thierstein said. “The ‘Go D.O.’ Early Scholars Program is the kind of opportunity that makes West Virginia a great place to live, work and go to school.”
“The excitement of a student who gets into this program—you no longer have stress of medical school to worry about. You’re in, you’re really in. You just focus on your schoolwork. You don’t have to worry about aiming to do well on the MCATs, interviewing for the MCAT process. It’s huge, this is a huge thing,” Thierstein emphasized.
The program launched October 2, and students have until December 1 to meet the Priority deadline, but they may also be considered after the Rolling Consideration period through May 1. The interview process will start in January and the inaugural candidates will be named February 19. The first class to start will be the incoming freshman for the Fall of 2021.
For more information on program qualifications, how to apply, continued requirements once in the program, or the program’s timeline, visit https://www.wvwc.edu/admissions-aid/go-do-early-scholars-program/. To apply today at no cost, visit https://form.jotform.com/202645043267048.