West Virginia University Physicians of Charleston

Education and Research


The CAMC Graduate Medical Education program offers 13 residency programs (allopathic and osteopathic including 3 dual tracks), the Institute has medical school affiliations with West Virginia University and the West Virginia School fo Osteopathic medicine. The Institute currently enrolls 160 medical residents and has multiple clinical teaching affiliations for nursing and allied health professionals training within the state.


The WVU Health Sciences Center Charleston Division houses the West Virginia University School of Medical, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and School of Social Work. WVU’s Charleston Division is proud to be affiliated with Charleston Area Medical Center, the state’s largest health system. CAMC is among the top ten heart centers in the United States in volume and is home to a Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 1 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Three hospitals comprise the CAMC medical teaching facility. Together, this 893 bed system employs more than 5,000 persons and hosts more than 500 students in programs leading to degrees or certifications. The Charleston campus houses a fully staffed medical library with one of the largest clinical collections in West Virginia and a computer index to the National Library of Medicine. The division also houses research labs, classrooms and faculty offices. The five floor, 175,000 square foot Clinical Teaching Center at CAMC Memorial has brought together several teaching clinics and expanded and enhanced the WVU/CAMC educational system. Students at the Charleston Division Campus also have the opportunity for community service learning with many fine charitable organizations throughout Southern West Virginia.


The CAMC Health Education and Research Institute provides continuing medical education, outreach education and research support to physicians and allied medical professionals in West Virginia.

Affiliated with Charleston Area Medical Center, the Institute was developed solely for charitable, scientific and educational purposes.


The WVU Health Sciences Center Charleston Division School of Medicine follows a traditional model of medical education, which involves learning from practicing physicians in specialized learning blocks. In the 3rd year, medical students will experience six 8 week blocks in the following disciplines: Family Medicine, Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry / Neurology, and Surgery. WVU’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Charleston Division, in affiliation with CAMC and the CAMC Institute operate a patient simulation center at CAMC’s General Hospital. This 7,000 square foot teaching lab maintains a full-time staff and features both SimMan and SimBaby simulators capable of a variety of crisis or assessment scenarios. Medical Students work side-by-side with doctors and scientists in Charleston area modern hospitals, clinics, and laboratories. They also have a chance to learn from professionals in practice at medical offices, clinics and hospitals across the region.


The WVU Health Sciences Center West Virginia Geriatric Education Centers, funded under the Public Health Services Act by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provide training of health professional faculty, students and practitioners in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, disability and other health problems of the elderly. Projects must offer interdisciplinary training involving four or more health professions.