The West Virginia University School of Medicine recently welcomed a new class of 142 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, 155 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 and oldest institution in the state offering specialized graduate 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. “Although many WVU medical school graduates choose to stay at WVU, top medical school graduates from all over the country and the world choose to train with us in our highly desired programs. After completion of our residencies and fellowships, many 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 73 medical schools from 12 countries, including Moldova, India, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the West Indies. There are 42 WVU School of Medicine graduates and eight from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. The oldest resident in this cohort is 37 and the youngest is 24.

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