<h1>Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that he is opposed to a plan to privatize the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.<\/h1>\r\n\u201cIt makes absolutely no sense to divest yourself of such a strong asset,\u201d\u00a0 Justice said. \u201cWVSOM graduates more physicians annually than both West Virginia University and Marshall University and more than half of the primary care physicians practicing in West Virginia are graduates of the Osteopathic School. Privatization of this outstanding educational facility will also drive up in-state tuition, dramatically, for our state\u2019s brightest young women and men and that would be counterproductive.\u201d\r\n\r\nJustice noted that WVSOM has been recognized by <em>U.S. News & World Report<\/em> as one of the best medical schools in the country for 18 consecutive years and is ranked No. 1 in the nation among all medical schools graduating physicians who practice in rural areas by Academic Medicine.\r\n\r\n\u201cAt a time when West Virginians need access to quality health care, especially in our most rural areas, we simply can\u2019t afford to even entertain the thought of giving up WVSOM,\u201d Justice said.