Program Description

The WVU Rural Family Medicine Residency program in Harpers Ferry was established in 1995 and has grown from an initial class size of two to our current six residents per year. Our Family Medicine Practice site is Harpers Ferry Family Medicine where faculty and residents see more than 30,000 patient visits per year. Our residents do their inpatient rotation at Jefferson Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital, where they care for obstetric, newborn, pediatric, general medical, telemetry and critical care patients. Additional training occurs at Berkeley Medical Center as well as inpatient pediatrics rotations at WVU Medicine Children's Hospital in Morgantown.

On our single-residency, community-based campus of West Virginia University, residents experience full-spectrum family medicine training and emerge prepared for any type of practice. Our diverse faculty have broad interests and skills which provide unique opportunities such as nutrition/culinary medicine, point-of-care ultrasound, inpatient and outpatient procedures, global health electives, community outreach, clinical research, medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction in pregnancy and more. Maternal Child Health Fellowship-trained faculty, including the Program Director, value and emphasize prenatal care and both vaginal and operative deliveries, preparing our graduates to practice full-spectrum family medicine.

Our well-rounded graduates in recent years have secured positions in inpatient and outpatient family medicine, ER, small-town rural practice, family medicine with OB, and urgent care in various locations including Oregon, Maine, Florida and Hawaii, where they are each making us proud caring for their patients and their communities.

Program Aims

  • Produce compassionate, well-rounded, innovative, community-minded graduates who are committed to providing high-quality full-spectrum primary care.
  • Improve the quality of healthcare available to our local, state, and global communities, particularly to their underserved populations.
  • Create physicians who will advocate for the specialty of Family Medicine while training the next generation of physicians. 
  • Promote excellence in primary care through education, scholarship, clinical practice, and service to the community.
  • Cultivate wellness and balance in students, residents, faculty and staff to foster lifelong professional and personal satisfaction.

WVU leadership poses with Rural Family Medicine Faculty outside of Harpers Ferry Family Medicine clinic