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MU's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine earns national award

May. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has received a Family Medicine "Top Ten" award from the American Academy of Family Physicians for being one of the nation's top schools in the percentage of graduates entering family medicine residencies.

Based on a three-year average ending in October 2012, the academy reports 18.5 percent of Marshall medical school graduates have chosen family medicine residencies. That places the school at fifth in the country and the only medical school in West Virginia in the Top Ten.

"Educating primary care doctors remains our top priority," said Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine. "As the Affordable Care Act is implemented across the country, many more primary care doctors will be needed to provide care for the millions of patients entering the health care system. I am pleased our School of Medicine is doing its part to educate doctors on the front lines of medicine in this country."

Since 1992, Marshall has been honored 19 times by the academy for its high percentage of medical students choosing family medicine residencies.