Medical Students at Sovah Health

The Sovah Health Medical Education Program hosts third-year and fourth-year medical students in a variety of rotations in hospital and physician practice settings. The program strives to provide a patient-centric, evidence-based medicine educational experience in which learners gain valuable skills in examination techniques, differential diagnoses & therapeutic planning.  Under the mentorship of attending physicians, students learn to take a primary role in the care of their patients, participate in procedures, and gain professional interpersonal communication skills. Students work closely with interns, senior residents, residency faculty members, and local osteopathic and allopathic physicians who are “hands-on” and committed to providing the best possible learning experiences for learners in each discipline. 

Sovah Health is a core site for 3rd and 4th year medical students from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM).  Rotations are scheduled through the respective Clinical Coordinators at the medical schools who in turn work with the Medical Student Coordinator at Sovah Health.

THIRD-YEAR ROTATIONS

Sovah Health - Danville is a core site for VCOM and LUCOM students for these third-year rotations: Internal Medicine I (Hospital Medicine), Internal Medicine II (Cardiology), General Surgery, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Family Medicine/OMM (VCOM), Underserved Care (LUCOM), and Geriatrics (VCOM).

FOURTH-YEAR ROTATIONS

Fourth-year elective and audition rotations are available on a limited basis: Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Critical Care, ENT, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Inpatient Internal Medicine, Outpatient Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pain Management, Pulmonology, Urology. Additional rotations may be available upon request.

AUDITION/VISITING STUDENT ROTATIONS

The Sovah Health Graduate Medical Education program accepts applications for visiting medical students to complete audition rotations in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine (Inpatient Hospital Medicine and Critical Care). An EXTERNAL MEDICAL STUDENT APPLICATION  must be completed and submitted with supporting documentation to Katie Lancaster, Medical Student Coordinator at Kathryn.Lancaster@LPNT.net. Visiting student rotations are approved based on the rotation(s) requested and whether the program’s master schedule can accommodate the request.

Family Medicine Audition Rotations

Audition students work one-on-one with residents, CORE faculty, and the FM residency program director to experience outpatient family medicine at its finest. The experience includes clinical time in the new, state-of-the-art residency clinic caring for patients of all ages with a wide breadth of acute and chronic conditions. There are opportunities for outpatient procedures, OMT, nursing home rounds, prenatal clinic, and practice management.

Internal Medicine Audition Rotations

CRITICAL CARE: Students play an active role in the caring of patients in the ICU. During this robust educational experience, students are part of a teaching team involving residents, interns, students and Critical Care Faculty. Audition students enjoy the thorough educational teaching rounds, mini-didactic sessions, and hands-on learning opportunities with the IM residency program director.

INPATIENT MEDICINE TEAMS: Internal Medicine teams (senior residents, interns, and students) are trained and supervised by residency core faculty. Students carry their own patients, participate in teaching rounds with bedside instruction, and write patient progress notes using student documentation.

MEDICAL STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • General didactic sessions, three days per week: Hour-long lectures featuring residency faculty, community physicians, and guest physicians who cover a variety of healthcare topics
  • IM or FM didactic sessions, two days per week: Activities such as IM or FM-specific teaching, case studies, procedural workshops, and Journal Clubs
  • Monthly OMM workshops: Teaching session and technique practice  
  • Monthly Clinical Skills Conference for Students
  • Monthly M&M meeting: Morbidity and mortality discussion with resident faculty, residents, and students
  • Monthly student case presentations: Prepared by medical students and presented to residents and students
  • Continuing Medical Education seminars
  • Tumor Clinics: Review of recent cancer cases by surgeons, hematologists, oncologists 

STUDENT HOUSING

Many affordable housing options are available for core students in Danville, including downtown lofts in the River District, popular with students and residents. The Sovah Medical Residency Program publishes a guide listing property management companies and available properties in the spring of each year. For fourth-year students, VCOM leases a local apartment and additional housing options are included in the VISITING STUDENT HOUSING LIST.   

SOVAH PERKS

  • Daily didactics develop fund of medical knowledge and help prepare students for boards.
  • Interaction with IM and FM residency faculty and residents is a valuable part of the student experience.
  • A meal allowance is provided to medical students and residents while on duty at Sovah Health - Danville. In addition, food, snacks, and beverages are provided in the Resident Pantry for students and residents to eat/drink while on duty.
  • Call rooms for students and residents are available for use as needed.