WVU Med School grads choose next step

More than half select residencies in primary care fields

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU School of Medicine’s Class of 2010 learned where they will continue training at Match Day luncheons at all three medical school locations in Morgantown, Charleston and Martinsburg.

More than half of the graduates will train in primary health care fields: internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, or obstetrics/gynecology. Other popular fields this year were anesthesia, psychiatry, orthopaedics, emergency medicine and surgery. Students will work in 23 different fields of study.

Thirty-nine percent of the class of 103 students will continue training in the state after graduation, many at training sites associated with WVU.

“We are proud of the fact that so many of our students have chosen to continue their training with WVU faculty,” said James E. Brick, M.D., interim dean of the WVU School of Medicine. “Our students recognize the quality of education they’ve received from the WVU School of Medicine in Morgantown and at our Charleston and Eastern divisions, and they are truly dedicated to serving our state.”

Two thirds will stay either in West Virginia or go to a border state for their training.

“We have seen more students choosing to stay in the state or nearby for the start of their residency training. That shows the loyalty of our students to West Virginia, and also that they recognize our strong graduate training programs,” said G. Anne Cather, M.D., WVU associate dean of student services and professional development. “Research has shown that residents tend to establish their practices close to where they train.”

Residency training typically takes three to five years. Residents practice medicine under the supervision of experienced physicians before being certified in a specialty.

The upcoming academic year marks the 50th anniversary of WVU’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. WVU has the largest number of GME offerings in the state, with more than 50 specialty training programs, all of which are fully accredited. One-half of these are the only such specialty programs offered in the state.

Photo caption: (From left to right) Dr. Nate Bailey, Kelly Bailey, Allison Lowe, Ryan Wakim and Liza LaGue celebrate Match Day.


For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
kf: 03-18-10

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