Rural Health Initiative: A Passion to Serve Rural Communities

The Rural Health Initiative Program was designed to enhance the rural/underserved primary care curriculum at WVSOM in order to produce graduates qualified to practice medicine in rural/undeserved communities. 

Students who are accepted into the program participate in unique experiences that provide opportunities to learn about local industries and the daily lives of West Virginia residents. 

Students gain insight into how those factors affect the health and treatment of patients. Initiatives includes exposure to the coal, timber, agricultural plus the oil & gas industries, along with related safety issues. 

Our Goals: The Future of health Care in Rural Communities​

Increase the recruitment of healthcare providers.
  1,430+ RURAL/UNDERSERVED ROTATIONS were performed by WVSOM students, more than any other medical school in West Virginia and one of the top in the nation.
Increase the recruitment of healthcare providers.
  6 STUDENTS RECEIVED SIGN-ON INCENTIVES for accepting primary care residency programs in West Virginia
Develop pipeline programs to attract students to rural/underserved healthcare careers.
  9,150+ HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS  were introduced to rural medicine opportunities through RHI pipeline activities.
Support the involvement of West Virginians in  health education.
  6 INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES  were conducted for WVSOM RHI students to learn about environmental exposures that could cause injuries or diseases to West Virginia patients