Curriculum

Designed to provide significant amount of time in rural/small town location for either longitudinal outpatient care and/or selected rotations.  The curriculum would vary depending upon location.  One example of a possible curriculum is as follows:

1. Rural Scholar Year 1 (Fourth Year Medical School)

  • All MSIV Requirements of the recipient's medical school must be met
  • MSIV Electives are structured at the Morgantown campus to enhance history-taking and physical diagnosis skills, clinical decision-making, and ambulatory care
  • MSIV elective that provides an opportunity to develop a community-oriented primary care project that will be continued throughout residency and implemented in a rural/small town setting
  • Opportunity to develop a longitudinal relationship with a community of interest to the student. (May be continuation of RHEP requirements).

2. Rural Scholar Year 2 (PGY1)

  • Resembles standard PGYI Family Medicine Resident Curriculum
  • One-half day per week of longitudinal patient care in the Family Medicine Clinic
  • Continued relationship with community of interest through Community-oriented Primary Care Project.

3. Rural Scholar Year 3 (PGY2)

  • Resembles standard PGY2 Family Medicine Resident Curriculum
  • 3-5 half days per week of longitudinal patient care in the Family Medicine Clinic
  • 1-2 months West Virginia Rural Community Electives
  • Participation in a Community Development Team site visit to a rural/small town West Virginia location to assist in an economic and healthcare assessment.
  • Continued relationship with community of interest through Community-oriented Primary Care Project.

4. Rural Scholar Year 4 (PGY3)

  • Advanced Rural Fellowship-type Curriculum focusing on Obstetrics and Women’s Health, and/or Rural Practice Management, and/or Rural Public Health, and Electives
  • 3-5 half days per week of longitudinal patient care in the Family Medicine Clinic
  • Leadership Development Seminar Course
  • Attendance at the National Rural Health Care Conference
  • Participation in enhanced diagnostic skills training
  • Completion of Community-oriented Primary Care Project with written report and submission for publication.