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

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. 

Scholars are required to attend ONE of the following in-person rural immersion activities* to complete this module. Please ensure you are able to attend at least ONE of the following immersion activities before selecting this module:

  • Rural Tourism/Outdoor Rescue: February 22, 2019 - February 24, 2019 in Greenbrier County, WV
  • Rural Nutrition: April 5 - April 7, 2019 in Berkeley Springs, WV
  • Rural Opioid Misuse: May 17-19, 2019 in Buckhannon, WV 
  • Rural Social Determinants of Health: May 31 – June 2, 2019 in Williamson, WV

*NOTE: All of these immersions occur in vairous parts of WV - none are based at institutions. Please pay careful attention to dates, times, and locations before selecting your module.

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. 

Cultural Competency Module

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. 

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.

Health Policy Module

Scholars will gain insight into the formulation and implementation of health policy in the state of West Virginia. Scholars will also receive the opportunity to participate in part of the West Virginia 60-day legislative session in Charleston. 

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. 

Interprofessional Education Module

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

Scholars will be required to participate in IPE activities on the Morgantown campus for this module. Please ensure you can attend all required dates (listed below) before selecting this module*:

  • Session1 - 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

*NOTE: This module is only available to second year Scholars. If you are a first year scholar, you must select another module. 

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.

*Additional modules are currently being developed. Please check back for updates.