8/1/2013 6:07 PM
by Rebecca Turco
BECKLEY - A West Virginia program is receiving $337,500 in federal funding to help with recruiting and training doctors.
AccessHealth is being awarded the grant as part of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, which expands residency training in community-based settings. The program trains doctors in medical disciplines that include family and internal medicine.
Dr. Michael Antolini, a resident at AccessHealth, said he is grateful to benefit from the grant. "It's extremely important for the future of providing good primary care physicians for rural areas in West Virginia and across the country," said Antolini. "I think that there needs to be some sort of supplementation or incentive to keep people here, and part of that is simply drawing them in the area."
The program helps keep the doctors in rural areas that need help meeting the needs of locals.