Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University

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Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is a state-supported, community-based medical school established in 1977. Our faculty and administration are committed to providing high quality Medical Education and Residency Training emphasizing primary care at a relatively modest cost and with a great deal of self-reliance and community support. We specialize in rural health issues as expressed in special efforts to recruit students from rural West Virginia and place graduates in clinical practice in rural areas. Clinical and basic research is focused also on health issues related to rural populations.

The Biomedical Sciences Center of Excellence in Research and Graduate Education and Forensic Science Programs offer students nationally competitive and regionally relevant graduate education.

Consistency in mission and innovation in execution characterize the medical school’s history. Its small size and community integrated structure have helped make the school uncommonly responsive to the region’s educational and health-care needs. Marshall quickly began building a reputation for effective, strikingly innovative programs geared toward the challenges of rural primary care. Through the school’s network of rural clinical sites, students gained first-hand knowledge of rural health issues.

Over the years, Marshall has carefully but steadily implemented curricular changes designed to produce more and better qualified physicians entering the primary care specialties. Marshall has always ranked high in the percentage of graduates entering primary care. Not surprisingly, Marshall consistently has been honored through the Family Practice Percentage Awards program of the American Academy of Family Physicians: the school has one bronze and three silver awards.

Significant improvements have been made in the research sector. Through strong interdisciplinary effort in the basic sciences, the medical school in 1990 received a National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant that has brought approximately $5 million to Marshall. This allowed the school to develop a core molecular biology facility for research. In 1993, the biomedical sciences program was named Marshall University’s second Center of Excellence. In 1996, it was one of the three graduate programs statewide selected as Programs of Excellence.

New facilities, a new research building at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center and the new Medical Center Complex have greatly increased Marshall’s efficiency and optimized patient care and clinical education.

As vital as these new facilities are, they pale beside the unseen element of the Marshall advantage: the committed faculty whose members take very seriously the success of each individual student. Nowhere will you find a better faculty to student ratio or more dedicated faculty attention to the academic progress of students.

We hope you are interested in learning more about our fine school and will explore other pages for more information about our programs, faculty and alumni.

Affiliated Clinical Education Sites

The School of Medicine maintains close affiliations with several institutions which serve as regular clinical education sites for medical students, residents and fellows:

Institution Affiliation
Applies To: Last Reviewed
/ Revised
Cabell Huntington Hospital [PDF] ACGME, LCME 7/1/2012
Cabell Huntington Surgery Center [PDF] ACGME, LCME 9/1/2012
Charleston Area Medical Center [PDF] ACGME, LCME 3/16/2012
CAMC - Teays Valley [PDF] ACGME, LCME 2/1/2013
HealthSouth [On File] ACGME, LCME 2/18/2013
Huntington VA Medical Center [PDF] ACGME, LCME 2/22/2013
LabCorp [PDF] LCME only 8/1/2012
Logan Regional Medical Center [PDF] ACGME, LCME 2/22/2013
Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital [PDF] ACGME, LCME 10/1/2012
Pleasant Valley Hospital [PDF] ACGME, LCME 11/20/2012
Prestera Center [PDF] ACGME, LCME 7/1/2013
Raleigh General Hospital [PDF] ACGME only 1/26/2012
River Park Hospital [PDF] ACGME, LCME 6/6/2013
St. Mary's Medical Center [PDF] ACGME, LCME 7/1/2012
Thomas Memorial Hospital [PDF] ACGME only 1/1/2013