WVOMA Position on SB 714

09 Feb 2024 4:47 PM | Penny Fioravante (Administrator)

Position Statement on SB 714

WV Board of Osteopathic Medicine

February 9, 2024

The WEST VIRGINIA OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WVOMA) is an affiliate of the AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION (AOA) and is the leading organization representing the 1703 licensed Osteopathic Physicians (DOs) and over 800 Osteopathic Medical Students from the WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (WVSOM) the state’s largest medical school.

We stand with the AOA as FIRMLY OPPOSED to SB714 that would abolish the Osteopathic (DO) licensing board and transfer its duties to the MD licensing board. As the WV BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE is self-sustaining through applicant fees and fines, and is not subsidized by government, there would be no cost savings to the state in a consolidation or merger. 

Further, The WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE operates very efficiently, as DO applications and discipline are processed on a continual rolling basis, allowing physicians to be licensed in a timely manner.

The WVOMA and AOA celebrate and support the unique contributions of DOs to the health of West Virginia’s citizens.  We urge you to reject any attempt to eliminate the profession’s ability to self-regulate.


400 North Lee Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone 304-793-6842 | Toll Free 800-356-7836 ext. 6842 | Fax 304-647-6211
Penny Fioravante, Executive Director  penny@wvoma.org

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