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