BECKLEY – West Virginia health care is receiving part of an $83 million federal grant to recruit and train doctors.
The Teaching Health Center Program is awarding health facilities in the Mountain State with $1.65 million to support primary care physicians.
Since 2011 this program has awarded areas across the country that lacks enough primary care. The idea is to recruit and train doctors in an effort to get them to stay in the areas they study their residency.
Access Health Wellness Coordinator, Brittany Martin says this is a great way to get doctors more involved into their communities and it encourages them to stay after they build relationships with patients.
“You're in the rural setting; you are actually out where you're going to be working,” says Martin.
It’s also a good way to focus in on a specific field.
“You know if you're specializing in family practice … you really get to see what it’s like and you're not a family doctor in the hospital and then starting in the clinic.”
Access Health was one of the first facilities in the country to be funded by this grant, and every year their residency has expanded. This year they have 11 doctors in training.