President's Message

Norman D. Ferrari III, Class of 1982

It is such an honor to serve my fellow alumni of the School of Medicine as President of the Alumni Association. Having been a part of the SOM family since my own orientation in the fall of 1978, I have witnessed many historic changes in the physical facilities on all three of our campuses. The Pylons are now inside a wonderful atrium, and our simulation center is a world-class teaching laboratory for clinical skills. But the one constant has been the outstanding education and training our students receive in their preparation to become Mountaineer physicians. We serve others all across the country in patient care, research and education.

It is always heartwarming to hear the stories our graduates share about their fond memories of their time as students, and how grateful they are for the personalized care shown to them by our faculty. Stay connected with us through your School of Medicine Alumni Association membership.

Our students are thankful every day for the support of our previous graduates along this arduous journey. From gifting them with their first stethoscopes at the Oath of Integrity Ceremony near the conclusion of their orientation, to the personal notes and white coats at the John Traubert White Coat Ceremony at the transition to the clinical clerkships, and onward to reciting the Hippocratic Oath and singing "Country Roads" at Investiture, our students know you are there to support and encourage them. And for that, we thank all of you!

When I travel across the country, I proudly wear my flying WV and gold/blue attire. I hope you do too. You are always welcome back on campus to visit and see all the changes we are making. You will be beaming with pride! Let’s Go Mountaineers!