Thank you for your interest in UHC’s Family Medicine Residency Program. I hope to highlight some of the wonderful aspects of our program that will hopefully inspire you to find out more.

UHC offers a unique and well-rounded family medicine training experience in a small town, supportive environment. Here in Bridgeport, WV people are friendly, traffic is nearly non-existent, and the cost of living is very reasonable. The area offers many outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, golfing, biking, and sporting events, as well as concerts, theater, fairs, and festivals. If there is something specific you can’t find here we are less than two hours south of Pittsburgh, PA and roughly three hours west of Washington, D.C.

Our hospital just celebrated its 10th birthday and still boasts beautiful, up-to-date facilities. We are the only residency program in the hospital, allowing us to rotate directly with any of the numerous specialists who work here. This also lets each resident craft experiences based on his or her own interests and career goals. The program offers three tracts (Osteopathic, Sports Medicine and Integrative Medicine) for those who want to more formally define their training. Recent graduates have pursued careers in urgent care, full-spectrum ambulatory practice, emergency medicine, and hospitalist positions as well as ER, Sports Medicine and Geriatric fellowships. I am planning to transition to an urban outpatient practice in a very different setting than this residency. Still, I am confident I have been prepared to be a competent, independent physician thanks to the training from the dedicated faculty, staff, and patients at UHC.

Training Allopathic and Osteopathic residents for more than 40 years, UHC Family Medicine really is the perfect balance of a community program that has all the resources and opportunities of a larger academic center by being connected to WVU Medicine health system. Come visit, either in-person or virtually, and you just might see why many of our residents come from out of state but decide to call West Virginia home.

Emily Carper, MD