The West Virginia University School of Medicine has launched a new accelerated program for medical students.
In a press release, WVU said the Mountaineer Accelerated Track to Enter Residency program will shave a semester off of the four-year medical degree program. This move, they said, is to give students an option to graduate with less debt and try and get medical professionals into patient care sooner to meet the state’s health needs.
According to the Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, only 45 percent of West Virginians have adequate access to a primary care health professional.
The program will be available to students starting medical school in August.
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