Residency represents one of the most physically and emotionally taxing times of a young physician’s career and the program is dedicated to helping combat the stress that comes with residency training. The Marshall Family supports each other in times of need and significant efforts have been made to help prevent resident fatigue and burnout. The Office of Graduate Medical Education provides catered lunches to residents once weekly and has also recently partnered with Cabell Huntington Hospital to build a brand new on call-space which includes private sleeping rooms, a lounge, a gym, a computer lab, and conference rooms. Residents have 24/7 access to these facilities and access is restricted to those with swipe access.
Within the department of medicine multiple steps have been taken to combat fatigue as well. A Resident Wellness Committee has been formed and strives to develop future services for Internal Medicine residents. The department also sponsors a biannual resident retreat where residents are relieved of clinical duties and travel to an off-site location for relaxation and team-building.
Huntington, West Virginia is the second largest city in the state with a population of approximately 50,000 nestled along the Ohio River in the West-Virginia-Ohio-Kentucky tri-state area. Rich history is everywhere within Huntington including the historic Keith Albee theater at which concerts and touring stage productions frequently are presented. The town is also home to Marshall University’s undergraduate campus and with it Marshall’s many Division 1 sports teams which hold histories of national excellence in their respective fields. Residents may frequently be found tailgating for a Marshall football game or cheering on the basketball team inside the Cam Henderson Center, better known as “The Cam.” When not cheering for The Herd, residents may be found at one of the town’s excellent restaurants or hangout spots in the ever expanding downtown area.
The overall cost of living in Huntington, WV approaches the most affordable locations to live in the nation. Multiple housing options lie within convenient driving distance of the program’s facilities and the majority of residents live in either the Southside neighborhood of Huntington, the downtown area which contains multiple high-rise apartment buildings, or the Barboursville area which contains multiple upscale apartment complexes and can be reached by traveling the length of one exit on Interstate 64 from Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center. Convenient travel to and from Huntington via the Huntington Tri-State Airport makes traveling anywhere around the world easy with multiple daily connecting flights to a regional international airport.