At a crucial moment in each generation, the  people who care most about West Virginia and West Virginia University have invested time, talent, and treasure to bring the WVU School of Medicine to a higher level of service and achievement. In the 1950s, the citizens of West Virginia built the state’s first 4-year medical school with a penny-a-bottle tax on soft drinks. Thirty years later, an $8 million gift from Hazel Ruby McQuain launched construction of the state’s premier academic medical facility. Since then, the generosity of WVU alumni and friends has created programs, established scholarships, and endowed chairs that move the art of teaching forward and attract distinguished faculty to West Virginia University.

Now, as Ruby Memorial Hospital and other WVU healthcare facilities expand to meet patient demand, the WVU School of Medicine finds itself in a similar period of growth and opportunity, relying once again on the transformational power of philanthropy to invigorate its academic mission and strengthen its invaluable legacy.

The origins of the WVU School of Medicine, more than a century ago, were in a small, wooden anatomy building within walking distance of Woodburn Hall. Today, the medical center complex in Morgantown covers more than a million square feet of classroom, research, and clinical space. More than 7,000 physicians and thousands of other health professionals have graduated from the WVU School of Medicine since its inception. The School sponsors 50 residency training programs, half of which exist nowhere else in the state. Many of the more than 400 interns, residents, and fellows being trained here today will remain in West Virginia to deliver babies, diagnose life-threatening disease, and provide care for the chronically ill, contributing in countless other ways to the state’s overall well-being. Likewise, WVU School of Medicine’s regional campuses in Charleston and Martinsburg, closely linked to WVU’s network of faculty and community health providers, are bringing medical education, residency training, research, and advanced care to all parts of the state.

The Trajectory of Success

A good medical education awakens the desire to alleviate suffering and change the world. The WVU School of Medicine in the 21st century is a statewide force for good health with a national reputation for excellence and a global presence. It stands at the heart of the University’s efforts to serve the state of West Virginia, improve lives through research, and educate health professionals and scientists who will change the world.

WVU School of Medicine faculty share what they know and teach by example. Students work together, learning from their professors and each other. The classrooms, research laboratories, and academic facilities we propose reflect a commitment to inter-disciplinary training and collaboration with our Health Sciences colleagues and academic partners across the University. The WVU School of Medicine also provides the clinical foundation for a billion-dollar-a-year network of hospitals and health institutions that serve people throughout the region and create thousands of jobs.

Priorities for Tomorrow

  • Scholarships
  • Education
  • Health and Disease Management
  • Children’s Health

To learn more about these funding priorities download the WVU School of Medicine campaign brochure or call Clare M. Flanagan at 304-293-0788. To learn more about the WVU School of Medicine visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/som.