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WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health Medical Student Service Program

Medical Student Service Program

Who is eligible?

· West Virginia University School of Medicine students that intend to enter a primary care practice in West Virginia.

Obligation to Practice in West Virginia:

· Service program recipients receive $25,000 for each year of commitment for up to 4 years ($100,000 Total)

· Students who are awarded service program funding must sign a contract and practice full-time (32-40 hours per week) for a minimum of one year for each year of funding at an eligible site located in a rural and/or underserved area of the state. See the 2020-21 Eligible sites for the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health Service Program Obligations. If you have any questions about eligible practice locations, please contact Dr. Ferrari or the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health

· Other areas to fulfill obligation requirements will be considered on a case by case basis

· Students are responsible for locating a practice site and must agree to provide medical services to West Virginia Medicaid and CHIP recipients

· Failing to fulfill the service obligation results in repayment of the service program funds with interest

Submission Guidelines:

Service program application packets include student application, two recommendation forms and Certification of Education Status. The 2020 service program application is now open. The deadline is Friday, February 5, 2021. Awards will be made in March 2021.

Eligibility for Other Financial Incentives:

Students who are awarded Medical Service program funding from the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health may also qualify for other financial incentives for rural practice in West Virginia. In some cases, the service obligations can be met concurrently.


For more information, please contact April Vestal.

Contact Information

April L. Vestal
WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health                         
PO Box 9009
Morgantown, WV 26506-9009