LEWISBURG, WV (WVNS) — The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine held its seventh annual Rural Practice Day on February 24, 2018. Orientations, breakout sessions, and discussion panels informed nursing and pre-med students about working as a medical professional in remote communities. According to WVSOM dean and vice president of academic affairs Craig Blisvert, around 50 attendees learned that there is a lot more self-responsibility when you don’t have many resources at your disposal.
“In a rural area, as opposed to an urban area, you’re going to not have the specialty help that you would have,” Blisvert said. “Therefore, you would have to rely more on yourself and your training.”
The majority of attendees were WVSOM students, with others aged in high school.