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RUSH Program

Rural Undergraduate Shadowing in Healthcare


The Rural Undergraduate Shadowing in Healthcare Program (RUSH) is designed to provide participants with a unique experience that offers insight into what it is like to practice a health profession in rural West Virginia. As a RUSHer, you will:

  • Shadow a rural practitioner for a total of 20 hours during specific dates agreed upon by the participating practitioner and the student
  • Receive mileage reimbursement for shadowing-related travel
  • Work with the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health and the WVU PreHealth Professional Development Office to identify other rural-related programs relevant to your chosen health profession discipline including research and service activities
  • Meet one or more times with the PreHealth Professional Development Office to put together your professional school application including guidance on class choice, writing a personal statement, mock interviews, and obtaining a committee letter
  • Meet with an admissions counselor in your chosen graduate education field of study to learn about the graduate/professional school application process
  • You may also have the chance to participate in an activity with the regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) during the shadowing experience.


Must be a current WVU student in good academic standing that is planning to pursue a health career with the long-term goal of practicing in rural and/or underserved areas of West Virginia in one of the following disciplines: Medicine-Family Medicine, Medicine-Pediatrics.

RUSH Student Application Process

The application cycle is now closed. Applicants will be notified of committee decisions as soon as possible.

Program Materials (Must be reviewed prior to submitting your application)

Rural Undergraduate Shadowing in Healthcare Program Information and Requirements

RUSH Program Release Form Example

WVU Sharps Policy


Application Packet

2016-20107 RUSH Student Application Form

FERPA form


Please send the completed application packet including applicant signature by the deadline to:

Brianna Sheppard Willis, PhD, MA

Program Coordinator, WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences, WVU School of Public Health

PO Box 9009

Morgantown, WV 26506-9009