The Legislature declares that there exists within the State of West Virginia the Greenbrier College of Osteopathic Medicine which is an accredited, private institution of graduate study for the purpose of training doctors of osteopathic medicine. This article, therefore, is adopted as a measure of providing additional graduate education opportunities to citizens of the State of West Virginia.
The board of regents is hereby authorized to enter into a contract with the Greenbrier College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer training in osteopathic medicine, by the terms of which the board of regents may obligate itself to pay such institution within the limits of any appropriation made for the purpose, a stated amount per year for each West Virginia student the institution will agree to accept for training in osteopathic medicine.
The board of regents shall each year send to the Greenbrier College of Osteopathic Medicine a certified list of all persons, applying to the board for training in osteopathic medicine, who are bona fide citizens and residents of this state prior to the filing of their applications, and who have completed either within or without the state the course of study required by such institution as a prerequisite to the study of osteopathic medicine.
Any person who receives state aid under this section shall, upon graduation from an educational institution for study of osteopathic medicine, be required to practice osteopathic medicine for a period of two years in this state, or in lieu thereof shall, within sixty days from the date of graduation, reimburse the board of regents for any tuition advance by it in his behalf.