Rural Rotation

The largest component of the WVU School of Dentistry's outreach is through the West Virginia Institute for Community and Rural Health. Dental and dental hygiene students must complete several weeks of supervised patient care during rotations with one of 63 partnering clinics, private practices and community centers. 

Rural dental faculty provide clinical guidance for dental and dental hygiene students and serve on interprofessional faculty/student teams. Students live within the community, working and socializing with the members in hopes of achieving a new level of responsiveness to the needs of the residents of the community.

Students often say their favorite part of dental school is being able to work in private practices and community clinics. 

Erik Grompers

Erik Grompers

"Rural was a fantastic experience. It really improved my clinical speed and time management skills while in the dental operatory. Having a full schedule and seeing patients all throughout the day really made you feel like you were ready to become a dentist." Read more from a student. 


Rural dental faculty provide clinical guidance for dental and dental hygiene students and serve on interprofessional faculty/student teams. Students live within the community, working and socializing with the members in hopes of achieving a new level of responsiveness to the needs of the residents of the community.

2016 - 2017

• There are 142 Community and Rural Health dentist located throughout the state. Currently 63 rural sites are available for student assignments.

• Between July 1, 2016 thru June 30, 2017, Dental and Dental Hygiene students performed 1,691 community service activities with an impact on approximately 3,539West Virginians.

• Dental and Dental Hygiene students performed 17,225 clinical procedures while treating 8,087 patients. The rural offices reported over $5,425,531.04 in uncompensated care provided this past year. (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

• Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 81 dental students have submitted logs for the care they provided at the Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic in West Milford, WV. They reported the treatment of 1,710 patients and performed 2,617 procedures with a value of $625,904.00

• Two dental students had rural rotations to support the Smile for Life program in the Parkersburg area. Those students performed 364 procedures and treated 206 patients. The treatment provided had an approximate value of $58,463.00.

• The School of Dentistry arranged for services for the Wheeling Health Right Clinic. They reported the treatment of 23 patients and performed 121 procedures with a value of $16,452.00 • The School of Dentistry provided services for the Morgantown Health Right dental program. Uncompensated care in the amount of $564.00 was provided to 50 patients who received 170 procedures.

From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, students performed 17,225 clinical procedures while treating 8,807 patients.