10/18/2006

WVU School of Medicine Enrolls More First-Year Students

70 % of all medical students from West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University School of Medicine was one of nine U.S. medical schools that expanded first-year enrollment by 10% or more, according to a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The study included 125 U.S. medical schools that grant M.D. degrees.

The WVU School of Medicine first-year enrollment grew by 11.2%, sixth among U.S. Medical Schools, according to the report.

Overall, there are 424 students enrolled in the WVU School of Medicine, with 293 from West Virginia (70%). Of the 424 students, 264 are male and 160 female.

“Our mission is to continue to educate physicians and health professionals for service to the state of West Virginia,” said John E. Prescott, M.D., dean. “We continue to work with teachers and parents throughout the state to encourage interest in science and medicine at the junior high through high school level and help West Virginia children prepare for education in health care fields. We also focus on students from rural and underrepresented areas through HSTA to help them continue on to college and medical school.”

The Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) of WVU provides intensive academic enrichment emphasizing science and math for students from 9th through 12th grade, including laboratory experiences where students work with scientists and clinicians. The goal of the program is to nurture the ambitions of talented students who, for economic or other reasons, might not ordinarily achieve these career goals. 

The program brings minority and other under-represented students and their teachers to campus each summer for clinic, laboratory and classroom training and enrichment activities.

The WVU School of Medicine consists of three campuses, Morgantown, Charleston and the Eastern Campus in Martinsburg. The Charleston Division was established in 1972, and the Eastern Campus in 2002.

The Erma Byrd Education Center, dedicated April 29, 2006 by Senator Robert C. Byrd, serves as the administration and education center for the Eastern Division. 

More than 2,000 students applied to the WVU School of Medicine for admission to this year’s class, and the number of medical school applications across the U.S. increased for the fourth consecutive year.

“We continue to give strong preference to qualified applicants from West Virginia,” Dr. Prescott said.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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