The Department of Family Medicine Clerkship is an eight-week rotation for WVU Third Year Medical Students. This includes four weeks of instruction at WVU and four weeks of rural ambulatory care with a WV Board Certified Family Medicine Physician having WVU Faculty Appointment. The West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnership Program (WVRHEP) oversees participating physicians in rural WV communities.
Family Medicine faculty is assigned to designated students to assist with their educational training and development. The faculty advisor will meet with their student twice during the four weeks while in Morgantown. A discussion of the clerkship expectations will be reviewed at those sessions as well as the student’s performance while on the rotation.
Each student will select a Family Medicine related topic to present to their classmates and advisors sharing update treatments and medical findings. This fifteen-minute power point presentation will be scheduled when in Morgantown on during the noon hour.
Students will see patients in our clinic, complete seven days on the inpatient service at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Students are assigned three nights of call with our residents during the four weeks. Weekends and holidays are not excluded from call.
There are two exams for this clerkship, a mid and final exam. The mid exam is at the end of the first four weeks of the rotation and the final on the last Friday of the eighth week. Both exams are taken online.
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 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.
Advantages of the Rural Scholars Program are numerous and include the following:
- Reward and recognition for interest in Family Medicine
- Early acceptance into a dynamic and well-established Family Medicine Residency
- Ability to commit to personal plans knowing that training will continue beyond medical school in Morgantown
- Entry as a third year student into “the Family of Family Medicine at WVU” with full access to educational, administrative and social support
- An enhanced fourth year Family Medicine curriculum with three one-month courses designed to build skills in the areas of community health, wellness promotion, patient education, outpatient management, clinical assessment, and acute and chronic illness management
- A Family Medicine Residency experience that includes specific opportunities to develop skills in practice management, leadership development, community health, emergency medicine, acute trauma management, and rural medicine procedures
- Substantial monetary support that can offset educational debt and can be paired with other local, state and federal loan repayment programs
- A supportive and personalized learning environment that spans more than four years and provides for professional growth and mentorship
Admission to the program is competitive and requires completion of an application, a personal statement of commitment, letters of support and a personal interview. Applications are available on-line or through the Department of Family Medicine. At this time, a minimum of two scholarships per year is offered.
Applications are due by January 15 with announcement of winners on or about February 15. A second round of applications will be due by May 1st with announcement of winners on or about May 31st. Scholarship recipients are formally recognized at the Departmental and Medical School level in the Spring of each academic year.
For further information, contact:
Treah Haggerty, MD
WVU Department of Family Medicine Rural Scholars Program
Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center
P.O. Box 9152
Morgantown, WV 26506-9152
(304) 598-6919 x2
Fourth Year Family Medicine Rotations
The Department of Family Medicine offers two fourth year rotations: Family Medicine Sub-Internship (FamMed Sub-I) and Family Medicine Clinic Experience. Please contact the Department of Family Medicine - Student Education.