Didactic Modules

Scholars are required to complete one of the following modules each year.  All modules* are designed to meet the 40 hour didactic requirement.

Please note that these modules only fulfill the 40 hour didactic requirement; they do NOT fulfill the 40 hour community based education requirement. 

Community Rural Immersion Module

AVAILABILITY: This module is available to First and Second Year Scholars.

TRAVEL REQUIRED: Yes. Scholars must attend one community rural immersion, as listed below (see attendance).

DESCRIPTION: Scholars will participate in an interprofessional community-based activity lasting 3-4 days in an underserved or rural area of West Virginia.  This includes community based experiential and clinical learning activities and culminates in a recommended plan of action for addressing a healthcare need (ex: access to services, nutrition, diabetes, etc.). In addition to the immersion, students will engage in additional activities as required by the online module. 

ATTENDANCE: Scholars enrolled in this module must attend ONE of the following immersion activities in order to fulfill the requirements of this module:

  • Rural Tourism/Outdoor Rescue
  • Rural Nutrition
  • Rural Opioid Misuse
  • Rural Social Determinants of Health

*NOTE: All immersions occur in various parts of WV. Please pay careful attention to immersion dates, times, and locations..

MODULE INSTRUCTOR: This module is taught by Treah Haggerty, MD.  Dr. Haggerty is an Assistant Director in the Department of Family Medicine at WVU and Co-Director of the WVU School of Medicine Rural Track. 

Photo of AHEC Scholars at Lost World Caverns in Lewisburg, WV

Cultural Competency Module

AVAILABILITY: This module is available to First and Second Year Scholars.

TRAVEL REQUIRED: No.

DESCRIPTION: Scholars will engage in various opportunities to establish cultural competency with respect to patient care in rural and underserved areas of West Virginia.  This module utilizes a public health framework that is based on the interdependence between medicine and public health; participants are encouraged to think critically and reflect on contemporary challenges in health, healthcare, prevention, treatment, diagnosis, education, wellness and practice.  Moreover, this module is designed to prepare you to view the populations you serve, and those with whom you collaborate, through a culturally appropriate lens. 

ATTENDANCE: No in-person activities required. 

MODULE INSTRUCTOR: This module is taught by Linda Alexander, EdD.  Dr. Alexander is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences for the WVU School of Public Health.

Williamson Health & Wellness Rural Immersion

Health Policy Module

AVAILABILITY: This module is available to First and Second Year Scholars.

TRAVEL REQUIRED: Yes. Scholars are required to travel to the State Capital in Charleston, WV for a minimum of three days.

DESCRIPTION: Scholars will gain insight into the formulation and implementation of health policy in the state of West Virginia.  This module focuses on a basic understanding of civics, takes a deep-dive into the state of West Virginia's (and the nation's, as a whole) health, and notes what each Scholar's role as a provide can (should?) include. Scholars will also participate in part of the West Virginia 60-day legislative session in Charleston; there, Scholars will take part in the legislative process, and if comfortable, may be able to testify before a committee of the West Virginia Legislature. 

ATTENDANCE: Scholars are required to travel to the State Capital in Charleston for a minimum of three days in order to fulfill the requirements of this module.  Specific dates are to be arranged between the Scholar and course instructor upon module enrollment, but will occur during the Legislative Session that runs from January 9 - March 9, 2019.

MODULE INSTRUCTOR: This module is taught by Danny Scalise, MBA, MPH. He is certified in Public Health by the national Board of Public Health Examiners, and is the Executive Director for the West Virginia State Medical Association. 

Northern AHEC Rural Immersion

Interprofessional Education Module

AVAILABILITY: This module is only available to Second Year Scholars; enrollment deadline for second year Scholars (for this module specifically) is September 14, 2019. 

TRAVEL REQUIRED: Yes (only for non-WVU students). Scholars who are based at institutions outside of WVU are required to travel to WVU's Morgantown campus for ALL sessions noted below (see attendance).  Scholars based at WVU Morgantown need not travel. 

DESCRIPTION: Scholars will participate in interprofessional (IPE) activities that focus on various healthcare topics.  Additionally, scholars will engage in reflection, application of knowledge and skills, respectful communication, and gain experience in IPE education.

ATTENDANCE: Scholars must attend ALL 6 sessions listed below in order to fulfill the requirements of this module:

  • Session 1 - Roles and Responsibilities: 
    • Date and Time: September 17th, 2018 from 4:00-6:00PM
    • Location: WVU Morgantown Campus Health Sciences Center in the Okey Patterson Auditorium
  • Session 2 - IPE Communications:
    • Date and Time: October 15th, 2018 from 3:00-6:00PM
    • Location: WVU Morgantown Campus Health Sciences Center in your assigned small group room (TBD)
  • Session 3: Narcan Education and Training (Special Session)
    • Date and Time: November 5th, 2018: from 4:00-6:00pm
    • Location: WVU Morgantown Campus Health Sciences Center, Room TBD
  • Session 4: Teams and Teamwork
    • Date and Time: February 18th, 2019 from 3:00-6:00pm
    • Location: WVU Morgantown Campus Health Sciences Center, Room TBD
  • Session 5: Values and Ethics
    • Date and Time: March 18th from 3:00-6:00pm
    • Location: WVU Morgantown Campus Health Sciences Center, Room TBD
  • IPE Week Activities (March 18 - 22, 2019):
    • Monday: Kick-off activity (Times TBD)
    • Tuesday: Lunch & Learn 12-1PM
    • Wednesday: IPE Health Fair 3-6PM
    • Thurdsay: Breakfast or Lunch and Learn 8-9AM or 12-1PM
    • Friday: TBD
  • Session 6: Substance Use Disorders (Special Session)
    • Date and Time: April 8th, 2019 from 4:00-6:30pm 
    • Location: WVU Morgantown Campus Health Sciences Center in the Okey Patterson Auditorium

MODULE INSTRUCTOR: This module is taught by Gina Baugh, PharmD.  Dr. Baugh is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences at WVU's School of Pharmacy, and the Director of Interprofessional Education for the WVU Health Sciences Center.

Students looking at map of a WV Cave

Additional modules covering the following topic areas are currently under development for the upcoming 2019-2020 Scholars year:

  • Addictions in Rural Communities
  • Rural Veterans, Our Invisible Heroes: Implications for Rural Health Professionals
  • Substance Use Disorder: Implications for Pregnant and Parenting Women in Rural Communities
  • Children and Families with Complex Medical/Behavioral Challenges in Rural Communities
  • Community-Based Chronic Disease Prevention in Rural Communities