Welcome to the West Virginia University Rural Family Medicine Program
Many medical students begin their careers with the dream of a small town, rural family practice, but often their vision fades in the urban and large hospital dominated training programs. The WVU Rural Family Medicine Residency at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is specially designed to nurture and educate residents in the unique rural setting of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Physicians in the Rural Family Medicine Program have the opportunity to teach and practice in areas of their own special competence and interest.
West Virginia University’s Rural Family Medicine Residency Program was initially created as a 1-2 program, with the internship year at a tertiary care center and the remaining two years in a rural practice environment. The dramatic success and growth of the program has lead to the evolution of a rural residency with all three years of training based in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. We are the Flagship residency program for West Virginia University’s Health Sciences Center – Eastern Division. Family Medicine stands at the forefront of WVU’s nationally recognized innovative efforts in rural medical education. The program is approved by the American College of Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Family Practice.
The focal point of learning experience is our 10,000 square feet state-of-the-art medical center located in the small community of Bolivar. This freestanding clinic serves a diverse population in the surrounding Shenandoah Valley, currently sees a volume of 30,000 patients per year. The bright and refreshing environment allows patient care, education, service, and research to combine with technology in delivering the best quality health care experience. Other training sites include City Hospital, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, The Martinsburg VA Center, The Shenandoah Nursing and Rehab Center, and the WVU Maternity and Women's Health Center .
The success of our rural residency program is demonstrated by 71% of our graduates placing in rural practice locations and small hospitals immediately following residency.
Our program is designed to provide you with experiences that will give you the confidence to perform all aspects of Family Medicine. If your dream is a small town family practice, why not spend these vital years of your education in a quality rural residency program!