WVSOM invites community to celebrate osteopathic medicine

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The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will explore the “mind, body and spirit” aspects of osteopathic medicine during the school’s annual Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Week.

The week’s events will take place Mar. 6-9, and will include a public event for local community members to gain knowledge and understanding about osteopathic medicine and WVSOM’s history in “The Story of Osteopathic Medicine and WVSOM, a gem in Greenbrier County.”

The Thursday, Mar. 9, free event will begin with a 5 p.m. dinner and 5:30 p.m. presentation in the WVSOM Student Center with John Lewis, a British osteopathic physician and author of “From the Dry Bone to the Living Man.” The book is a biography about Dr. A.T. Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine who Lewis spent nearly five years researching in Kirksville, MO. While Lewis will delve into the history of osteopathic medicine, Bob Foster, WVSOM’s associate dean for osteopathic medical education, will offer a look back on WVSOM’s history since the school was founded more than 40 years ago.

National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week, recognized by the American Osteopathic Association, will be Apr. 16-22. NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and D.O.s in communities across the country.