Needens recognized as January Resident of the Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Jordan Needens, M.D., has been selected as the January Resident of the Month for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, announced Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean of graduate medical education.

Needens is completing the third of four-year of the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

“The emphasis on promoting patient safety and quality improvement in the clinical learning environment plays an important part in residency training,” Wehner said. “As chair of the House Staff Quality Improvement Committee for the past two years, Dr. Needens has provided guidance to the development of a successful virtual format for our quality and safety poster presentations to include a question and answer format. Her dedication to patient safety recently resulted in a process change to the delivery of patient medication to decrease the potential for delayed treatment. We are truly appreciative of her efforts.”

The Eaton, Colorado, native earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota in Rapid City, South Dakota. Needens received an undergraduate degree in applied biological sciences and minor in chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. After completing her training in June 2024, Needens is still deciding whether to enter a three-year gynecology fellowship to specialize in cancers of the female reproductive system or to return to Rapid City to care for women of the area and surrounding underrepresented communities.   

“Dr. Needens is an excellent resident who is always willing to help out her fellow residents,” said her program director, Kevin Conaway, M.D. “She is a strong advocate for her patients and is inquisitive and eager to learn. Jordan is one of the most likable people one will ever meet and a true asset to our program and institution.”

As part of her Resident of the Month recognition, Needens received a plaque and designated parking spot.


Media Contact: Michele McKnight, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713

Date Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2022