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Health Sciences Center division is topic of presentation

July 08, 2002

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Plans for West Virginia University's Health Sciences Center/Eastern Division, which will be based in Martinsburg, will be discussed in a presentation on Wednesday.

The discussion will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Station at Shepherdstown in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The speaker will be Jay Bonfili, executive director of the Eastern Division. The presentation will be the first in a series of health talks sponsored by the Station at Shepherdstown in collaboration with WVU and the Sidney Banks Institute for Innate Health.

Recent growth in the Eastern Panhandle has resulted in a physician shortage. This has been made worse by the difficulties physicians are facing in purchasing malpractice insurance in West Virginia, which has led many physicians to leave the state or to retire early.

In response, WVU's medical and health professional education program, called collectively the Health Sciences Center, has created an Eastern Division to address the problem by working with health-care professionals in the Eastern Panhandle to expand opportunities for medical education.

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The Clinical Education Program allows medical students from the state's medical schools to spend their entire third and fourth years learning clinical skills directly from community providers in the Eastern Panhandle.

The presentation is part of a series related to public, community and personal health and well-being, developed in fulfillment of the station's role as a health-care resource to the Shepherdstown and Eastern Panhandle community.

Other presentations are scheduled for the second Wednesdays in August, October and December. "Finding and Keeping your Peace of Mind," by Judith A. Sedgeman, director of the Sidney Banks Institute of Innate Health, will be the topic for the Aug. 14 presentation.

There is no admission cost for the presentation. Refreshments will be served.

For information, call Leroy L. Cook at 1-304-876-2393 or Dr. Robert Northrup at 1-304-987-2420.

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