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Program Overview

The goal of the Rural Track program is to increase the number of primary care physicians who enter and remain in practice in rural West Virginia. 

We define the following specialties as rural primary care:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics

**Students with interest in a specialty other than those listed are welcome into the program if space is available.

What is the additional time requirement of the Rural Track?

The Rural Track Curriculum is incorporated into the traditional medical school curriculum. We work hard to plan activities around the academic calendar so that studying is not disrupted.

If I am accepted into the program, am I required to choose Family Medicine as my specialty?

No. Rural Track students will be exposed to more time in rural communities during their primary care clerkships but they will also have the opportunity to explore specialty practices in these communities during their 4th year. During primary care clerkships students will interact with specialty medicine also through patient care.

Can I participate in the Rural Track on any of the three WVU SOM campuses?


Can I participate in Rural Track and the Global Health Track?


How many students are accepted into the program each year?

We accept 10-12 WVU School of Medicine students each academic year.

Do I have to commit to the program all four years of medical school?

Successful completion of all 4 years is required to receive a certificate of completion.  We would strongly encourage that you complete the program and think that you will find that there is significant value in doing so.  There is no penalty for early withdrawal, but a notation will be made in your student narrative with an explanation.

What parts of the state can I complete my rural rotations?

We have physicians throughout the entire state that are committed in teaching our students during their rotations.

Are there any scholarships that are specific to Rural Track

Currently we do not have a scholarship specific to the program.  However many students in the Rural Track qualify for various scholarships offered by WVU School of Medicine.

How do I apply?

Applications can be submitted after admission to West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Please apply here