WVU Medicine – Externship Highlight

WVU Medicine is taking the state of West Virginia by storm and WVJC is very proud to work with the company. WVU Medicine is the state’s largest health system and private employer. WVU Medicine is comprised of nine hospitals throughout the state: J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, Braxton County Memorial in Gassaway, Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser, Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, and United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

WVJC and WVU Medicine have been able to create a seamless externship program for both students and the sites. Students must complete EPIC Training prior to starting their externship and go through modules of patient care. This creates the foundation that students will use throughout their externship experience. The two companies have been able to work together to place a significant number of students in externships, in fields ranging from Clinical Medical Assisting to Information Technology. WVJC and WVU Medicine are dedicated to working together to find the best fit for the student. Students have completed externships in a wide variety of clinics and offices through WVU Medicine. This includes, but is not limited to pain clinics, pediatrics, family medicine, physician centers, surgical specialties, and urgent care.

The future of this relationship is bright and ever growing. A completed externship gives students the confidence they need to be able to apply to WVU Medicine for employment. It also helps them to develop a  plan for what area they would succeed best in. WVU Medicine recommends treating any and all externship hours like a job interview. The entire time a student is at the site, they are expected to be professional, competent, and punctual. There is no better job preparation than being on site and working in a real-world environment. WVJC is excited to continue partnering with WVJC Medicine to produce West Virginia’s next generation of professionals.