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WCA Names Dr. Rappole Medical Student Education Director

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Ashley Pence, third year medical student enrolled at LECOM – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine & School of Pharmacy, spends a portion of her third year clinical rotation time with Tariq Kahn, MD, board certified pediatrician on the medical staff at WCA Hospital, participating in all facets of pediatric patient care. Seated, Ashley observes pediatric patient, London Hamilton, alongside Bert W. Rappole, MD, Director of Medical Student Education at WCA Hospital (standing left); and Dr. Kahn.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, December 28, 2010)—Bert W. Rappole, MD, has been appointed Director of Medical Student Education at WCA Hospital.  In his new role, Dr. Rappole will facilitate clinical rotations for students currently enrolled in their third and fourth year of medical school.  This will allow future physicians an opportunity to participate in clinical education alongside practicing physicians on the medical staff at WCA Hospital. 

As director Dr. Rappole will facilitate the placement of each student to ensure that the experience meets the guidelines of the affiliate institution.   The medical education program at WCA Hospital has rotations available in:   family practice, internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, urology, cardiology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, occupational health medicine, ophthalmology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and radiology. 

Dr. Rappole is also available to assist nurse practitioner and physician assistant students that have interest in a clinical rotation with physicians at WCA Hospital and in the Jamestown community.   Local high school students or college students with interest in health science may also contact him to request an observership experience.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Rappole is serving in this important role,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “His knowledge and skills as a physician will prove invaluable in developing our program.  As Director, he will further strengthen our medical education program as we cultivate new traditions that enable our hospital to remain a progressive resource for our medical community.”

For 37 years, Dr. Rappole practiced general and vascular surgery at the WCA Hospital.  He was president of the WCA Hospital Medical Staff from 1992 to 1993 and served on numerous medical staff committees.  Dr. Rappole also served as a member of the WCA Board of Directors from 1995 to 2000 and was named WCA Physician of the Year by his colleagues in 2005.

He was a founding member of the Jamestown Area Medical Associates.  Currently he is an active member of the Greater Jamestown AM Rotary Club and Allegany Regional Missions (ARM).     Dr. Rappole and his wife, Mary, have participated in many medical trips to the Republic of Haiti.  In April of 2010 Dr. Rappole returned to Haiti with a team to provide ongoing care to the Haitians and victims of the earthquake.

“I am excited to develop and implement a program that will bring medical students to WCA Hospital and Jamestown community,” said Dr. Rappole.  “This will stimulate our physician community and, hopefully, result in more physicians choosing our local hospital and community as a place to establish a medical practice in the future.”

The Medical Student Education Program at WCA Hospitals includes numerous collegiate affiliations including SUNY @ Buffalo School of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM),   Buffalo State College, Clarion University, Clarkson University, Daemen College, D’Youville College, Edinborough  University, Erie Community College, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Gannon University, Ithaca College, Great Lakes Institute of Technology, Mercyhurst College, Nazareth College, Lock Haven University, Philadelphia College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Bonaventure College, Slippery Rock College, as well as other area SUNY colleges. 

For more information on the Medical Student Education Program at WCA, contact Dr. Rappole at (716) 664-8154 or by email  If you have children, grandchildren, or acquaintances that may be interested in participating in this program Dr Rappole is eager to speak with you.   

“The goal of the program is to share skills and opportunities available at WCA with students who may consider returning to our area when their formal education is complete,” said Rappole.

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