About the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine


Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is a state-supported, community-based medical school established in 1977. Our faculty and administration are committed to providing high quality medical education and graduate training to meet the changing health care needs of our nation’s citizens. We specialize in rural health issues as expressed in special efforts to recruit students from rural West Virginia and place graduates in clinical practice in rural areas. Additionally, because we believe that a diverse population offers a rich environment that leads to greater knowledge, understanding, acceptance and mutual respect, we promote an inclusive environment by attracting, recruiting and retaining individuals who represent varying backgrounds and perspectives.

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The research enterprise at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is a growing and vibrant operation. Our basic scientists and physician researchers are working collaboratively to advance life-changing discoveries and innovations resulting in dynamic bench to bedside opportunities. True to our mission of providing health care and education to Appalachia, much of our clinical and basic research is focused on health issues related to rural populations. Research opportunities exist for students and resident physicians allowing them exposure to an environment that fosters the training and development of the next generation of scientists.

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Clinical Care

The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine through its faculty practice plan, Marshall Health, provides excellent medical care to the citizens of Huntington, West Virginia and the entire tri-state region of southern West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. Our 250 physicians and 225 residents and fellows offer care in more than 75 specialties and subspecialties at locations around the region including our outpatient centers and at our primary hospitals, Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

We hope you are interested in learning more about our fine school and will explore other pages for more information about our programs, faculty and alumni.

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