Check out that map!

JMH inaugural residency class dinner

Opening slide for Johnston Memorial Hospital’s Inaugural Residency class  dinner presentation



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So what’s on that map?  These are the Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatric residencies in Virginia (blue = MD, red = DO).   The counties are color coded by their County Health Status ranking.  Very light colors are the best rankings, dark green – the opposite.

Here’s the full list of the residency slots depicted on the map:

  1. Wellmont FM (DeBusk)
  2. MSHA Norton Community Hospital FM
  3. MSHA Johnston Memorial Hospital FM and IM
  4. HCA Lewis Gale Hospital – Montgomery FM
  5. HCA Lewis Gale Hospital – Montgomery IM
  6. OMNEE Carilion Clinic IM
  7. OMNEE Carilion Clinic FM
  8. VCOM Carilion Clinic FM with Pediatrics
  9. VCOM Danville Regional Medical Center IM
  10. VCOM Danville Regional Medical Center FM
  11. Centra Health FM
  12. UVA FM with Pediatrics
  13. UVA IM
  14. Bon Secours FM Rural VCU (St Francis)
  15. UP KYCOM Shenandoah Valley FM (Front Royal)
  16. VCU Shenandoah Valley FM
  17. VCU Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals Chesterfield FM
  18. VCU IM
  19. VCU Falls Church FM with Pediatrics
  20. Inova Fairfax Hospital IM with Pediatrics
  21. National Capital Consortium Ft Belvoir Hospital FM
  22. OMNEE Riverside Regional Medical Center FM
  23. VCU Riverside FM
  24. Eastern Virginia Medical School Portsmouth FM
  25. Naval Medical Center of Portsmouth IM with Pediatrics
  26. Eastern Virginia Medical School Ghent FM
  27. Eastern Virginia Medical School IM with Pediatrics

Do you have comments on the implications of this map? Do you know of other residency programs that should be included? Let us know!


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“Turn Up the Volume” conference logo

For twenty years, the Virginia Rural Health Association has served as “The Voice for Rural Health in Virginia.”  Now we are asking you to help us turn up the volume on that voice!  Rural hospitals, clinics, providers and students are under greater pressure than ever to provide services in an increasingly challenging environment.  For our 20th Anniversary, we are asking all rural health stakeholders to raise their voice with us and help call attention to the needs of Virginia’s rural citizens.

The Annual Conference of the Virginia Rural Health Association is an opportunity for the people and organizations that serve Virginia’s rural population from across the Commonwealth to meet.  The event is filled with workshops, keynote speakers, networking and an Exhibit Hall.  The people who attend the event are as diverse as the VRHA membership: hospital executives, academic faculty, clinic staff, government officials, health professions students and more.

Bringing the people who care about rural Virginia together provides an opportunity to discuss how we can ensure the sustainability of rural Virginia through policy, access, economics, education and more.

Join us!  Visit the conference website for details.


Introducing GMEC’s  new book PUBLIC HEALTH IN APPALACHIA which contains “Essays from the Clinic and the Field”.



From the back cover:  The Appalachian region of the United States sees hunger, poverty, disability, preventable illness and premature death in disproportionately high numbers.  Yet, Appalachia also knows the quiet strength of people working together to life one another up as a community.  In this collection of essays, health professionals explore how clinics and communities address the barriers to healthcare that continue to plague this underserved region and discuss theoretical perspectives about Appalachian healthcare.

Topics include regional dental care, cancer and diabetes treatment, the integration of primary care and behavioral health, telehealth, the importance of “patient responsibility” and the effects of faith, fatalism and family dynamics on the health of Appalachian youth.  Avoiding simplification and stereotype while presenting data, analysis and anecdotes, this volume gives a detailed picture of Appalachia’s complex and multi-faceted public health challenges.


You can read her comments at the link below:

Rural Hospitals are closing at an alarming rate: OP ED from Roanoke Times


Handbook graphicIntroducing the BLUE BOOK of Health Care Terms. A joint project of GMEC and the Virginia Rural Health Association, this book contains abbreviations and explanations for common medical terms and agencies in Virginia. Created as an aid for legislators regarding healthcare terms, the book has proved popular with hospital boards, agency executives, and non-profit organizations across the State. To order copies ($15 each) contact Beth O’Connor, Executive Director of VRHA, at A limited number of review copies are available.

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