Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan


The mission of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) 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.


Vision Statement

Our vision is to transform learning communities with the ability to impact civic engagement, education, health and health care in the global community.


Value Statements

  • 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 Word.
  • Stewardship – we safeguard human and economic resources entrusted to us and to use them in a responsible manner.
  • Respect – we embrace diversity, treating all people, cultures, and communities with dignity and fairness.
  • 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 justice.
  • 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.

Strategic Plan

UIWSOM's Strategic Plan encompasses 4 primary components:

  1. Leadership
  2. Scholarly Activity
  3. Education
  4. Clinical Care

Click the button below to view the strategic plan for 2020-2025.

UIWSOM Strategic Plan