The West Virginia University School of Medicine recently welcomed a new class of 138 resident physicians to the graduate medical education program.

Currently, there are more than 400 residents and fellows training within the WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals system. Of these, 138 will begin work on July 1. The skills learned during the first year of training vary by their chosen specialty and build on the foundation given to students during their years in medical school.

“WVU is the largest institution in the state offering specialized medical training in both primary and specialty care,” said Manuel Vallejo, M.D., D.M.D., assistant dean and designated institutional official for graduate medical education. “Many WVU medical school graduates choose to stay at WVU, but we also attract many top graduates from all over the country who wish to train in our highly coveted program. After completion of our residencies and fellowships, a substantial number choose to practice in West Virginia serving the medical needs of our underserved state.”

The current class of medical residents is practicing in 37 specialties, with internal medicine starting the most at 21. They represent 65 medical schools from 13 countries, including Romania, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the West Indies. There are 26 WVU School of Medicine graduates and eight from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. The oldest resident in this cohort is 50 and the youngest is 25.

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Photo Caption: The 2017 cohort of resident physicians gather for a group photo in the Pylons area of the WVU Health Sciences Center.

DES: 06/19/2017

Tara Scatterday
Director, Communications and Marketing
WVU School of Medicine       
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