West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Elston Johnson

Undergraduate Studies: AA in Nursing, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College; BS in Nursing, West Virginia University

“I was a nurse for three years prior to going to medical school. I enjoyed my interaction with patients and being part of a team of health care professionals, but I always wanted to do more. Osteopathy medicine appealed to me because it encompassed the ideology I obtained as a nurse, which is to treat the whole patient, and I liked the idea of being able to treat and diagnose patients using the additional medical modality of osteopathic manipulation.

"WVSOM is located in an area that provides enough extracurricular activities to keep students entertained, but not enough to interfere with studying, and the community is passionate about students and is exceedingly friendly.

“I hope to return to the rural community in which I was raised and to provide care to the people who have supported and allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a physician.”