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Department of Medicine Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at West Virginia University School of Medicine. I am confident we will offer you tremendous opportunities to reach your long-term career goals, be it fellowship training, primary care, or hospitalist medicine. Our philosophy is simple. We strive to provide you all of the tools necessary to become an excellent, compassionate clinician. Below are just a few highlights of our training program.

The moderate size of our program is perfect for those interested in a larger university program that still allows close mentorship by faculty in assisting residents in their growth as physicians. This also allows our residents to take an active role in how the residency program functions. Residents are routinely consulted and have a strong voice in all decisions regarding changes in rotation structure and curriculum. Our curriculum provides a great variety of educational activities including bedside teaching, interactive morning reports, didactic lecture series, web based tutorials, and simulated patient encounters in our state of the art simulation lab. In addition, all of our residents work closely with a faculty member on a scholarly project during residency. Most residents present their work at regional or national meetings. We feel that this scholarly activity is vital to your growth as a clinician, regardless of your long term goals. There are numerous research opportunities available with faculty from all specialties throughout the department. Our strong curriculum and adherence to RRC/ACGME guidelines provided us with accreditation for 6 years (the longest available) at our most recent site visit.

The primary teaching site is West Virginia University Hospitals, a 522 bed tertiary care referral center. The only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state, it is the flagship hospital of the state of West Virginia. We routinely receive patients from throughout the state of West Virginia, western Maryland, and southwest Pennsylvania. Residents are exposed to a multitude of common and rare diseases providing a dynamic experience for any long term goal.

Our graduates have had great success in obtaining desirable positions in all aspects of medicine. For residents interested in fellowship, we offer many fellowship programs right here at WVU including cardiology, interventional cardiology, hematology/oncology, gastroenterology, pulmonary/critical care, nephrology, and infectious diseases. We have also been successful in placing our residents into fellowship programs at other prestigious institutions.

We are committed to creating a work environment conducive to your growth and learning. One of the most rewarding aspects of residency is the camaraderie you will develop with the other physicians-in-training. You will forge connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. We have many social events throughout the year with residents and faculty which give us all a chance to get to know each other more and have some fun. Our faculty and residents have outstanding working relationships. We are all lifelong learners together. In fact, the relationship between the residents and the faculty is frequently cited as one of the key strengths of the program.

Morgantown, WV is consistently ranked among the “best small cities to live” in the US. It is a college town with much to do! Home to West Virginia University Athletics, the city becomes the focus of the entire state on football Saturdays. Outdoor activities available in and around Morgantown are among the best in the country. From skiing, hiking, boating, rock climbing, the possibilities are endless. Tourists from around the country continue to flock to West Virginia to take in the breathtaking beauty. As a college town, the diversity offers endless cultural, dining, and entertainment opportunities. We are also only a 1 hour drive to Pittsburgh and just over 3 hours to the Baltimore/Washington DC area.

We again appreciate your interest in the program and welcome the opportunity to meet with you during the interview season.

Nathan Lerfald, MD
Internal Medicine Program Director

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