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CARRS Program

Community and Rural Rotations Support Program

The CARRS application is now open for the following:

MEDICAL STUDENT who already has a required 4-week rural Family Medicine Clerkship rotation or 4-week Rural Track Internal Medicine rural rotation requested or scheduled in one of the targeted counties (see list below) between July 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

DENTAL STUDENT who has a rural rotation requested or scheduled for Fall Semester 2021.

PHARMACY STUDENT who has a rural rotation requested or scheduled between May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022.

Available projects are listed by county. Applicants have to choose one of the projects when submitting the CARRS application.

CARRS Program Goals

  • Provide financial support for students interested in rural practice
  • Offer the opportunity for health profession students to contribute to impacting health outcomes through community-based projects
  • Create a platform for rural community recruitment efforts

 The CARRS program:

  • Offers a stipend to students who are participating in rural rotations and have an interest in entering rural practice after graduation.
  • Rotations must be scheduled or requested in one of the high risk/high need counties identified as CARRS Counties. These counties include: Boone, Calhoun, Doddridge, Fayette, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell/Wyoming, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, Webster.
  • The stipend is $1500 per rotation and the student is responsible for completing a community project with the guidance of a community mentor, like Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) community research associates and county extension agents.
  • Students are paired with their community mentor before the rotation begins and the mentor connects the student to with a substantive community health project in the local community.
  • Projects are listed by county and when the student is completing the CARRS application they will be asked to provide specific information about their rotation and choose one project in the county where their rotation is scheduled.
  • The student is also responsible for completing a written reflection of the student’s community experience and a brief evaluation after the rotation is complete.

CARRS is a program of the WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health (ICRH) and has support from the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, on all campuses. The ICRH staff works with the community mentors and projects are identified and approved by ICRH staff as appropriate for health professional students to support a positive experience for all.

Questions about the CARRS Program and the projects below can be addressed to Jacquelynn Copenhaver at jacopenhaver@hsc.wvu.edu and Molly Linkous at mlinkous@hsc.wvu.edu