Boone Memorial Hospital and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Sign MOU

MADISON, W. Va. – The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) joined Boone Memorial Hospital (BMH) on March 15, 2022 at BMH's main hospital campus to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance first-class medical education in West Virginia.

All WVSOM students complete at least 8 weeks of rotations at a rural West Virginia site with an additional 4 weeks of required rural rotations in either a rural West Virginia site or other approved rural site outside of West Virginia. BMH serves as one of these sites. The MOU serves as an agreement to continue the existing partnership between BMH and WVSOM by exploring joint clinical opportunities to further medical education and healthcare in West Virginia. “I’m pleased to have this opportunity to strengthen our involvement with Boone Memorial Hospital,” said WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D. “We already have a great relationship with this excellent medical facility that helps to provide clinical rotations to students in WVSOM’s Statewide Campus system, and we’re looking at ways to further expand rotations at Boone Memorial. Both WVSOM and Boone Memorial strive to promote the highest-quality medical education, and by working together, we will be able to provide the best possible health care to West Virginians. This is a win-win for both institutions and for the state.”

Both parties will continue efforts to explore opportunities to enhance clinical rotations and additional ways in which WVSOM and BMH may collaborate to benefit both institutions, their students, and medical care throughout West Virginia.

“Boone Memorial Hospital is excited to continue its partnership with WVSOM,” said Virgil Underwood, BMH Chief Executive Officer.

“This collaboration provides support to medical students and further benefits medical care and osteopathic medical education throughout the State of West Virginia. Our commitment to facilitating the education of medical students at BMH is unwavering, and our medical staff members are eager to continue dedicating their time, energy, and expertise to shaping the lives of our next generation of physicians.”


In addition to enhancing access to clinical rotations, WVSOM and BMH will share best practices and pursue projects to improve the quality of education and opportunities for WVSOM medical students.

Pictured: Photo 1 (left to right):

Virgil Underwood, BMH Chief Executive Officer; James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM President


Photo 2 (left to right):

Amy Sayre, MD, BMH Chief Medical Officer; Chad Adkins, D.O., Medical Director of the BMH Family Medical Center and 2021 WVSOM Primary Care Outstanding Preceptor; Virgil Underwood, BMH Chief Executive Officer; James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM President; L. Michael Peterson, D.O., FACEP, WVSOM Regional Assistant Dean; Arthur Rubin, D.O., FACOP, WVSOM Associate Dean, Predoctoral Clinical Education


Photo 3 (left to right):

Standing: Sarah Collins, WVSOM Director of 3rd and 4th Year Medical Students; Karen Sadd, WVSOM Director of 3rd and 4th Year Medical Students; L. Michael Peterson, D.O., FACEP, WVSOM Regional Assistant Dean; Amy Sayre, MD, BMH Chief Medical Officer; Chad Adkins, D.O., Medical Director of the BMH Family Medical Center and 2021 WVSOM Primary Care Outstanding Preceptor; Sneha Reddy, WVSOM OMS3; Zachary Scibetta, WVSOM OMS3; Kelly Miller, WVSOM OMS3; Samantha Westbrook, WVSOM OMS3; Arthur Rubin, D.O., FACOP, WVSOM Associate Dean, Predoctoral Clinical Education

Sitting: Virgil Underwood, BMH Chief Executive Officer; James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM President


Photo 4 (left to right):

Virgil Underwood, BMH Chief Executive Officer; James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM President


Photo 5 (left to right):

Standing: Kevin Musilli, BMH Chief Clinic Services Officer; Angie Christian, BMH Chief Operating Officer; Chad Hovis, BMH Chief Financial Officer; Chad Adkins, D.O., Medical Director of the BMH Family Medical Center and 2021 WVSOM Primary Care Outstanding Preceptor; Terri Castle, RN, BMH Chief Nursing Officer; Amy Sayre, MD, BMH Chief Medical Officer; Ray Harrell, BMH General Counsel and Chief External Affairs Officer; David Gresham, Chief Development Officer

Sitting: Virgil Underwood, BMH Chief Executive Officer; James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM President



About Boone Memorial Hospital Boone Memorial Hospital, Inc. is a nonprofit healthcare company based in Boone County, West Virginia which owns and operates a critical access hospital housing a 25-bed inpatient unit, Level IV Trauma Center emergency department, and Black Lung Center; two rural health clinics with two expansion locations and a specialty clinic; and a substance and mental health treatment program. In addition to the foregoing, BMH offers primary care, specialty practices, and numerous ancillary services at its locations throughout southern West Virginia. ###



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