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New medical school graduates facing new challenges

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It is a very proud day for 75 Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine students.

This group of new doctors is now heading into the world of health care but with our region's prescription pill epidemic, these young doctors will be facing new challenges and lessons that can only be learned outside of the classroom.

"I'm really excited after a lot of hard work and several years in school I couldn't be more thrilled," recent graduate Chris Daugherty said.

Now, after learning the science of medicine, Daugherty says he and his peers are now ready to practice the art of health care.

"Absolutely, Marshall did a great job and we're all going to be fantastic doctors," Daugherty said.  "We're all really passionate about it."

But our region's prescription pill problem will present new challenges and lessons that these new doctors can only learn outside of the classroom, tasked with providing due diligence when treating patients in that claim to be in pain, to avoid feeding into an addiction.

Sgt. Michael Smith with the West Virginia State Police says, what was once taught to our healthcare professionals, may be partly responsible for the opiate addiction issue.

"Some of the physicians we have spoke to said that when they were in medical school, they were taught that someone who is in pain cannot get addicted and that you keep prescribing until you treat the pain," Smith said.  "Now, what they're finding is that's not true."

But Daugherty says, he plans on living up to the doctor's creed to first, do no harm.

"That's not the type of doctor that I'm going to be and that's really all I can tell you," Daugherty said.