WVU Dental School Works Hard to Keep Graduates in the State
The West Virginia University (WVU) School of Dentistry in Morgantown is increasing the number of graduates who choose to stay and practice in the state, addressing the shortage of dentists in West Virginia. In the Class of 2023, 41% of WVU dental graduates began their careers in the Mountain State, a significant increase from the previous year’s 19%. Furthermore, 40% of graduates continuing their education are completing residencies at WVU. Efforts to prepare students for patient care include rural rotations in private practices, allowing them to gain experience and serve underserved communities as well as community service projects, which enhance both patient oral health and community involvement. The WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health connects students with underserved populations and offers information on financial incentive programs for those who choose to practice in West Virginia, addressing the dentist shortage. Government incentive programs provide financial assistance for graduates practicing in rural or underserved areas. Click here to read more.