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Rural Health Track

Marshall Family Medicine Residency provides a broad-based educational experience leading to competency in all types of practice settings. Residents with a special interest in rural practice have the opportunity to receive unique and extensive experiences in rural settings. They will learn how to function in areas where access to immediate referral is limited and where the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment is not always available. The Rural Health Track emphasizes development of an entire range of practice skills needed to care for the vast array of patient problems encountered by today's family physicians.

"Participating in the MU Family Medicine Rural Track really made me feel like I was a part of the community that I was serving, and it gave me real-world clinical experience that has helped in post-residency practice."

-- Lucia Soltis, MD

A partial listing of the special offerings provided by the program that will uniquely equip residents for rural service includes:

  • Opportunity for assignment to a rural health clinic (LPCC or Lavalette) for their continuity practice experience
  • Special educational opportunities in Appalachian culture and geography, rural health and epidemiology
  • A one-to-three month supervised experience in a rural health center or clinic
  • Specialty rotations in rural sites, to further develop skills such as OB, GYN, pediatrics, geriatrics, rural emergency medicine, etc.
  • Training in preventive procedures and commensurate health promotion skills in under-served settings with diverse subcultures
  • Membership in the Rural Health Association
  • Attendance at a meeting of the Rural Health Association
  • Research opportunities focusing on issues pertinent to medical care in rural and small town communities
  • Logistic support and advice for beginning practice in small towns and rural sites

Greg Elkins, MD
Medical Director

Tammy Bannister, MD

Residency Director

Jennifer Plymale
Center for Rural Health

Katherine Bell, MD
Site Director, Lavalette

Jenna Barbour, MD

Rural Track Resident

Michael Amos, MD

Rural Track Resident

Thomas Burdon, MD

Rural Track Resident

The Department of Family and Community Health is located in the foothills of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. The Residency Program, through faculty and graduates, has affiliation with numerous rural and small town health centers throughout West Virginia, including Lincoln Primary Care Center ( LPCC) and Marshall Health at Lavalette.  These locations provide the continuity sites for the Rural Health Track.