Innovative Programs:

Marshall Family and Community Health faculty members have incorporated their pedagogical research and personal interests into innovative curricula and unique educational tracks that give our students and residents the flexibility to pursue interests within the broad scope of Family Medicine. Such programs include our Rural Family Medicine Residency Track, Global Medicine Residency Track, Wilderness Medicine Residency Track, the Paul Ambrose Health Policy Program, and the Accelerated Residency Program.

Rural Family Medicine Residency Track

Marshall Family Medicine developed West Virginia’s first formal rural residency program.  Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Department of Family and Community Health is committed to meeting the needs of the people in our region. Our affiliation with several rural and small town health centers provides our residents with an interest in rural practice an opportunity to gain  experience in rural settings and develop the skills necessary to care for a population with limited health care access. We continually monitor outcomes related to this program which has been very effective in graduating family physicians who choose to practice in rural areas.  Since its inception, 88% of the track’s graduates are now practicing in rural primary care settings and 80% of these graduates practice in West Virginia.

Global Medicine Track

Marshall Family Medicine established the nation’s first global medicine track within a residency program.  Family Medicine is not bound by hospital walls and national borders. With a cohort of faculty members with special interests in anthropology, parasitology, public health, preventive medicine, tropical medicine, envenomation, occupational medicine, obstetrics, rural practice, and care for the underserved, the department is equipped to prepare residents to address the complex medical issues existing in third world settings.

Wilderness Medicine Track

 Marshall Family and Community Health offers the only Wilderness Medicine Residency Track in the nation. Residents are instructed by faculty members with diverse backgrounds, well suited for the challenges posed by wilderness medicine. Expertise in trekking, survival, emergency medicine, tropical medicine, high altitude medicine, white water rafting, diving medicine, environmental medicine, and envenomation give the Wilderness Medicine Track strong support.

Paul Ambrose Health Policy Program

Named in honor of Dr. Paul Ambrose, a Marshall graduate who died in the nation's 9/11 attack, the Ambrose Health Policy Program is the nation’s only health policy program integrated into a 3-year residency training in Family Medicine. Residents in this track have the opportunity to experience the intricacies of health policy development, implementation, and oversight. They both observe and partake in the legislative process and become involved in health administrative agencies. Participants in the program work directly with legislators and their staff, attend a National Health Policy Conference, survey state agencies with administrative responsibilities in the health care field, conduct research on a broad range of health care access and affordability issues, and work closely with faculty and healthcare leaders.


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