Rural Scholars Program
Developed in 2004, the WVU Department of Family Medicine Rural Scholars Program offers qualified students a unique opportunity to experience Family Medicine from a new and personalized perspective. The program goal is to identify students early in the medical school curriculum who are committed to a continuum of training that will enhance their ability to practice Family Medicine in rural West Virginia. Selection of scholars occurs in the third year of medical school and allows for a more intensive Family Medicine experience in the fourth year. Following graduation from WVU School of Medicine, scholars matriculate directly into the Family Medicine Residency Program at WVU Morgantown where they pursue an enhanced three-year curriculum.
This residency training focuses on developing clinical, management and leadership skills that will best prepare the scholar for a successful rural/small town practice.
Funded, in part, through the generosity of the Claude and Stazie Rader Fund of the WVU Family Medicine Foundation, the Rural Scholars Program rewards accepted students with a generous $10,000 scholarship that is payable upon completion of the fourth year of medical school. In return, students are committed to continuing their residency training in Family Medicine at WVU Morgantown and beginning practice in West Virginia. Applicant requirements include a strong commitment to rural Family Medicine, demonstrated leadership and scholarship during medical school, strong clinical and interpersonal skills, and a keen understanding of rural culture.