Marshall Community Health Consortium

Marshall Community Health Consortium - Overview

The Marshall Community Health Consortium was established in 2014 by the working association of the Marshall University School of Medicine (MUSOM), Marshall Health, Valley Health Systems (VHS) and Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) to foster and promote the development of community-based rural primary care residency programs. 

As a nonprofit, the Consortium will engage its stakeholders in joint, community-centric training of primary care residents (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, MED/PEDS and Pediatrics) to help meet the projected shortfall of physicians within the State of West Virginia, the Tri-State area and Central Appalachia. 

The Consortium is dedicated to centralizing, enhancing, and monitoring the education provided to house staff training at the following participating institutions and affiliated sites and is committed to meeting the demands and responsibilities inherent in maintaining graduate medical education program accreditation:  

  • Marshall University School of Medicine, established in 1977, is a community-based medical school dedicated to providing high quality medical education and postgraduate training programs to foster a skilled physician workforce to meet the unique healthcare needs of West Virginia and Central Appalachia. It is currently accredited by the ACGME for 13 residency and fellowship programs and was one of the beta schools who successfully completed a Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) visit. 
  • Marshall Health (Dba University Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.) represents the clinical component of the School of Medicine. It is comprised of highly-qualified health care providers of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and provides care for patients at more than a dozen locations in the region. Offering the latest in high-quality, multi-disciplinary health care, Marshall Health (MH) serves patients from nearly 29 counties in three states. Marshall Health supports the clinical, educational, research and service missions of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
  • Valley Health Systems (VH) has been a leader in quality healthcare since 1975 and provides primary and preventative care to southern West Virginia and southeast Ohio in 28 locations across the region.  Valley Health is a system of health care facilities and medical experts providing care in family medicine, women’s health, dentistry, internal medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry and serves more than 68,000 patients each year. Valley Health’s mission is to provide quality health care to all individuals with an emphasis on reaching those who are underserved.
  • Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) is a not-for-profit regional referral center with 303 staffed beds. It cares for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. Opened in 1956, CHH is a teaching hospital and is affiliated with Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MUSOM). As an Academic Medical Center affiliated with the School of Medicine, CHH has a longstanding history of teaching residents and fellows and recently successfully completed a CLER visit.

The Consortium’s now offers the following residency programs:

Holzer Family Residency Program - Located in Gallipolis, Ohio, the Holzer Family Medicine Residency Program has twelve residents who are dedicated to patient care.  As part of its Sponsorship, the Consortium offers Marshall Tuesdays at Holzer, a Grand Rounds Lecture Series on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.

Rural General Surgery Residency Program – The Consortium’s Rural General Surgery Residency Program was recently honored with becoming the NATION’s FIRST separately accredited ACGME  Rural Training Program designation in any specialty!  Beginning July 2023, the Rural General Surgery residents will spend at least 50% of their five year training at the Logan Regional Medical Center, one transplant month at the University of Kentucky, and the remainder in Huntington.​

Rural Psychiatry Residency Program–– We are excited that the Rural Psychiatry Residency Program was granted ACGME Initial Accreditation, effective February 9, 2024. This journey to accreditation was funded by Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to support the planning and development of a four-year rural psychiatry residency program in conjunction with Rivers Health (formerly Pleasant Valley Hospital) in Point Pleasant. West Virginia.  Dr. Suzanne Holroyd, Chair, Department of Psychiatry is serving as the Rural Program Director and Dr. Brady Kullen is Associate Program Director. For more information about the Rural Psychiatry Residency Program and the application process, please visit

Rural Internal Medicine Residency Program -  The Consortium was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to  support the planning and development of a four-year rural internal medicine residency program in conjunction with Holzer Health Systems in Gallipolis, Ohio.   Dr. Stephen Roy, Associate Program Director for Marshall’s Internal Medicine Residency Program is serving as the Rural Program Director.  Dr. Jennifer Calafato of Holzer is serving as the Associate Program Director. It is anticipated that a new program application will be submitted this fall to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) .  The goal is to have Initial Accreditation to participate in Match 2025 with the Inaugural Class starting on July 1, 2026

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