Preamble: The mission of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
flows from the mission of the university and the founding call of the Sisters of Charity
of the Incarnate Word to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
UIWSOM’s mission is to empower all members of the medical education community to achieve
academic, professional and personal success and develop a commitment to lifelong learning
through excellence in learner–centered, patient-focused education, justice-based research
and meaningful partnerships of osteopathic clinical service across the spectrum of
undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education. The development and application
of osteopathic principles of medicine across four years of physician training will
promote culturally, linguistically, and community responsive care for all patients
to enhance patient safety and improve patient outcomes.
Our vision is to transform learning communities with the ability to impact civic engagement,
education, health and health care in the global community.
Integrity– we aspire to the highest ethical and moral standards in everything that we do, in
keeping with the mission of the Sisters of Charity and the University of the Incarnate
Stewardship– we safeguard human and economic resources entrusted to us and to use them in a responsible
Respect – we embrace diversity, treating all people, cultures, and communities with dignity
Social Accountability – we are dedicated to research, education and service efforts that respond to the
priority health concerns of our communities, particularly those who cannot protect
their own interests and are most vulnerable to disparities in health outcomes.
Compassion – we demonstrate empathy and sensitivity in all our interactions with others; respond with genuine concern and desire to alleviate suffering and promote social
Transformation– we seek to transform our students through service learning and community engagement
initiatives that provide opportunities for meaningful interactions and dialogue that advances their perspective of social justice
in health and illness.