By Samantha Cart
West Virginia native Dr. Patrice Harris is taking the national stage in health care leadership this year as the first-ever African-American female president of the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S.
“The duty of any first is to make sure there is a second.”
These words serve as a powerful motivator for Dr. Patrice Harris, president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA), who will become the organization’s first African-American female president when she is inaugurated in June.
“Every president brings their own unique lens through which they view the work of the AMA, and I think that is important,” says Harris. “I hope I can be evidence and inspiration to young women, particularly young black women, that they can aspire to the ultimate leadership position in their profession no matter what profession they choose. I am very proud to be the first African-American female president of the AMA. It’s an honor and a privilege but also a great responsibility, and it will be my role to make sure there are more to come.”
After years of study, members of the WVU School of Medicine Class of 2019 learned Friday which residency program they will participate in and which field of medicine they will specialize in.
They might be practicing in state-of-the-art hospitals or using the latest digital charting software, but for West Virginia University School of Medicine fourth-year students, it’s an old-fashioned white envelope that sealed their residency placement fates during Friday’s Match Day events.
It's Match Day at WVU -- the day our medical students find out where they have “matched” for their residency training. Morgantown Campus students receive notice of their residency matches beginning at noon, and the ceremony will be streamed via Facebook Live! Watch it on the WVU E-Pylons Medical Students Facebook page. The Charleston Campus will begin their Facebook Live stream at 12:30 p.m. Watch it live on the WVU Charleston Student Services Facebook page. The Eastern Campus will post photos of their ceremony on the WVU Health Sciences Eastern Division Facebook page. ***Viewers are not required to have a Facebook account to view the live feeds.