Second Year Medical Students (WVSOM)

  • The Rural Health Initiative Program is open to WVSOM students. In order to apply, second year medical students may:
    • Complete the RHI Program application survey
    • Submit a Curriculum Vitae
    •  Provide the RHI Application Essay/Personal Statement – "Why are you interested in Rural Primary Care in WV?"
    • Obtain 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • These items can be submitted by email to or mail to WVSOM RHI 400 Lee Street N. Lewisburg, WV 24901.
  • APPLY NOW to the Rural Health Initiative Program:  Deadline January 8th, 2021.
  • Once the complete application is submitted, the application goes to the RHI Selection Committee. The student will be notified of their application status.

RHI Student Benefits

While all medical students at WVSOM complete a minimum of three rural/underserved rotations in West Virginia during their clinical years, participation in the Rural Health Initiative takes rural/underserved clinical exposure to a new level of engagement.

Physician Mentor

Student doctors selected for the Rural Health Initiative program will be placed in specially selected primary care experiences with rural/underserved West Virginia physicians and residents who serve as mentors. These physicians assist the student doctor through clinical rotations and residency.

Financial Scholarship

RHI participants will receive a scholarship while performing rural/underserved rotations and have access to financial counseling and loan forgiveness education to ensure they are maximizing funds available for service.

Student Housing

RHI financially supports travel expenses and provides housing for primary care rotations within West Virginia during an RHI student’s fourth year of medical school.