WVSOM students get new computer lab at Logan Regional

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) students will reap the benefits of a new computer lab at Logan Regional Medical Center.

The medical school and hospital worked together to finance the renovation of the hospital’s existing computer lab that is used by third- and fourth-year students primarily for testing. Cosmetic renovations included new flooring, painting, lighting and ceiling work. New conference tables, 15 computers and a 65-inch smart flat screen were also added.

Art Rubin, D.O., WVSOM’s assistant dean for the Statewide Campus system’s South Central Region, said the lab renovation is important for the education of WVSOM’s students. The original intent for incorporating the technological upgrades was also in part to provide a virtual environment for students in that hospital. Students used to drive to Charleston, where the region’s base site is located, for certain educational programs.

At WVSOM, a student’s first two years of a four-year program are spent on campus in Lewisburg, W.Va. However, the latter two years are spent on rotations in clinics and hospitals throughout WVSOM’s Statewide Campus.

WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., said the osteopathic school appreciates its relationship with Logan Regional Medical Center.

“This is a relationship where they provide quality training for our students who have stayed in the area and served the area as physicians,” he told students in attendance. “No matter where you end up practicing, it’s about giving back to the community, the people and patients. We value what the hospital has done here for the community and we appreciate that you are also contributing to the health care needs of the community.”

Simon Ratliff, CEO of Logan Regional Medical Center, said their hospital is proud to have partnered with WVSOM since 2002.

“During this time, we have had the opportunity to host numerous medical students at our facility. Several of them have made the choice to practice rural medicine and come back to provide quality health care close to home. We are excited to open up the newly remodeled learning center on the campus of Logan Regional Medical Center. We look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come while following our mission of making communities healthier,” he said.    

One student completing his third-year rotations in Logan who will soon be able to utilize the lab is Chris Gauthier. He said he understands the importance of small improvements in his medical education.

“The addition of the Logan computer lab is great for improving the testing environment to better prepare us for boards but speaks even more strongly to the bonds that WVSOM has with Logan Regional Medical Center, and for this opportunity as well as many others, I am very thankful,” Gauthier said.

Date Added: 
Thursday, December 19, 2019