WVU Medicine CCMC Medical Residents Go Back to Class this Week!

Partnering with Wood County Schools on Healthcare Education

This week and next our residents go back to classrooms across Wood County to teach the importance of health and wellness, nutrition and careers in medicine. Today, we caught Dr.’s Michael Cheshire and Shiry Guirguis at McKinley Elementary – just one of 17 schools our residents will visit!

L–R Allen Laugh, McKinley Elementary Principal, Shiry Guirguis, D.O., Julie Bertram, Health Service Coordinator, Wood County Schools, Michael Cheshire, D.O.

The Camden Clark Medical Center Residency Program teamed up with Wood County Schools Thursday, April 5th and will again Thursday, April 12 to teach class at various facilities throughout the county. CCMC Residents taught in the following Elementary Schools April 5th: Criss, Fairplains, Franklin, Greenmont, Kanawha, Lubeck, Madison, Martin, McKinley and Mineral Wells.

In an initiative to help educate Wood County youth and young adults, the resident team of physicians at Camden Clark Medical Center are teaching on issues ranging from health and wellness, hygiene and dental care and good nutrition, pursuing health care careers to drug use and good nutrition and their impact on brain development.

According to Dr. Jennifer Leavitt, program director for the internal medicine residency program at Camden Clark, the speakers are graduates of osteopathic schools of medicine from all over the nation who have come to Camden Clark to complete the three-year residency program.

"This alliance allows hands-on learning among students of all ages and classroom interaction with local doctors who are in the CCMC residency program. Our residents from Camden Clark have enjoyed teaching classes in Wood County Schools the past few years as part of a community outreach program."

Julie Bertram, health services coordinator at Wood County Schools, said the event not only gives students valuable information, but also lets them meet professionals who have pursued careers in medicine

"It’s an educational and role-modeling opportunity," she said. "It’s a really great experience for our kids to see young people who have worked so hard to pursue their educations."