Curriculum

Year 1

Summer Rotation / Community Diagnosis 

The summer before matriculation into medical school, students will participate in a four-week Rural Track clinical experience that includes:

  • 1 week of orientation at WVU SOM Morgantown  Campus
  • 3 week rural rotation with a rural community preceptor

Students are encouraged to provide input into site selection and are based on preceptor availability. A stipend is provided for participation in this summer clinical experience.

*Weekly paper assignments are required during the three week rural rotation.

Journal Club

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Clinical Learning Group (CLG)

During the first year of medical school, Rural Track students will follow the traditional medical school curriculum.

All students enrolled in the  Rural Track will be assigned to the same Clinical Learning Group (CLG). The clinical cases will be updated to enhance training for rural medicine while maintaining the core competencies already established for the traditional curriculum.

This group is led by a WVU SOM faculty physician with expertise in rural health care.  The Rural Track CLG has enhanced educational opportunities in rural medicine. 

Year 2

Summer Rotation

Rising second year Rural Track students are required to participate in an additional four-week clinical experience and are encouraged to return to the location of their previous summer clinical experience.  Students are compensated with a stipend for their participation in this Rural Track summer clinical experience

Field Trip

During the summer between first and second year of medical school, Rural Track students are required to participate in a Rural Immersion field trip with the support of the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health. This is a week-long trip implemented to educate students about health issues specific to rural West Virginia. Various didactic sessions and experiential learning opportunities are presented in relation to the communities that the trip is taking place in. The rural immersion trips have varied slightly from year to year to expose students to the geography, topography, and cultural context of rural communities in which various social determinants of health outcomes occur. These activities will take place in one of the more rural counties in the New River Gorge basin area. You will be immersed into a selected topic and the rural community setting. Local community leaders and rural health practitioners are involved in the session to augment the literature and guide the discussions.

Clinical Learning Group (CLG)

Students will continue to stay with the same Clinical Learning Group throughout their second year of medical school. The clinical cases will be updated to enhance training for rural medicine while maintaining the core competencies already established for the traditional curriculum. This group is led by a WVU SOM faculty physician with expertise in rural health care.  The Rural Track CLG has enhanced educational opportunities in rural medicine.

Journal Club

Participate in 2+

Year 3

Rural Rotations

In the third year of the program, Rural Track students are required to spend a total of three months rotating with rural primary care preceptors. This is in contrast to the traditional track medical students at WVU who are not required to complete any clerkship time in a rural community.

The three months are broken into the following requirements for each 8 week clerkship;

  • 4 weeks with a rural Family Medicine physician
  • 4 weeks with a rural Internal Medicine physician
  • 2 weeks with a rural Pediatric physician
  • 2 weeks with a rural OB/GYN physician

Poster Presentation

The Rural Track medical students will be expected to take a lead on submitting an abstract for a poster presentation at the West Virginia State Rural Health Conference.

*This can be done in the 3rd or 4th year

Journal Club

Participate in 2+

Presentations

Attend presentations on rural practice opportunities by rural community representatives

Year 4

Rural Rotations

During the fourth year of medical school, Rural Track students will be required to spend two months in a rural medically underserved area. It is hoped that these rotations will be with previously established mentors from prior years. These two months can be done with any specialty

Poster Presentation

The Rural Track medical students will be expected to take a lead on submitting an abstract for a poster presentation at the West Virginia State Rural Health Conference.

*This can be done in the 3rd or 4th year

Journal Club

Participate in 2+

Presentations

Attend presentations on rural practice opportunities by rural community representatives