WVSOM Medical Students

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RHI Student Benefits

While all medical students at WVSOM complete a minimum of three rural/underserved rotations in West Virginia during their clinical years, participation in the Rural Health Initiative takes rural/underserved clinical exposure to a new level of engagement.

Physician Mentor

Student doctors selected for the Rural Health Initiative program will be placed in specially selected primary care experiences with rural/underserved West Virginia physicians and residents who serve as mentors. These physicians assist the student doctor through clinical rotations and residency.

Financial Scholarship

RHI participants will receive a scholarship while performing rural/underserved rotations and have access to financial counseling and loan forgiveness education to ensure they are maximizing funds available for service.

Student Housing

RHI financially supports travel expenses and provides housing for primary care rotations within West Virginia during an RHI student’s fourth year of medical school.

Rural/Underserved base sites within the WVSOM Statewide Campus System

WVSOM's Statewide Campus system for clinical rotations ensures students receive the utmost educational experience, a more stable home life and greater opportunities for students to match into state residency programs.

Community Health Education and Outreach

Students provide information, training and services to members of the community in an effort to improve West Virginia health literacy, self management, awareness of chronic disease and healthy lifestyle habits.

Rural Practice/Rural Primary Care Day

WVSOM RHI sponsors this annual event where students are exposed to a panel of successful rural speakers, have the opportunity to visit rural hospital and clinic representatives and attend workshops including financial incentives.

Wilderness Medicine Rotation

WVSOM students have the opportunity to learn wilderness medicine through a four-week elective rotation. In the summer of 2013, this rotation was the only wilderness medicine rotation in the country offered by an osteopathic school.