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WVSMA Alliance for Spouses

The West Virginia State Medical Association Alliance is an organization comprised of physicians' spouses dedicated to the health of all West Virginians. Their purpose is to assist in those programs of the West Virginia state Medical Association that improve the health and quality of life for all people, to encourage participation and assist with educational and charitable endeavors which promote health care network throughout the state of West Virginia.

All dues' proceeds fund scholarships for medical students attending any of West Virginia's Medical Schools: Marshall University or West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia University.

Dues are only $10 a year - join today!


Established in 1925 as the Woman’s Auxiliary to the West Virginia State Medical Association, just three years after the formation of the Woman’s Auxiliary to the American Medical Association, the WVSMA Auxiliary’s objectives were two-fold, the basic tenet being that of cultivating friendliness among physician’s families, the second, of promoting better relations between the profession and the public.

Later, nationwide the auxiliary was renamed the Alliance.

Currently the WVSMA Alliance is governed by Committee.

Congrats to this year's recipients! 

Abigail Tolbert

Abigail Tolbert

Marshall University


Caleb Martin WVSOM

Caleb Martin

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Sean Parker WVU

Sean Parker

West Virginia University

Abigail P. "Abbie" Tolbert

Abbie is a Cabell Midland High School and a 2019 Marshall University graduate where she majored in biology with a double minor in chemistry and psychology. She was a 4 year member of the Marshall women's softball team and the captain of the team during her senior year. Abbie was very proud of her time as a volunteer at Royal Family Kids Camp, a church camp for children who had been abused and neglected.

Most recent softball accolades:

  • 2019 (Senior)
  • 2019 Conference USA Spirit of Service Award
  • 2019 All-Conference USA Second Team
  • 2019 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
  • 2019 NISC Lynchburg Regional All-Tournament Team
  • 2019 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll: GPA 3.00 or better
  • 2019 Top 10 NCAA Shutouts (T8th- 11)

Caleb Martin

Caleb just finished his first year, and now on his second year at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. He received his Bachelor of Science degree major in Biology from West Liberty University with a GPA of 3.90. Caleb has participated in research studies, and has done several poster presentations. A four-time Elbin Scholar and eight-time Dean's Lister, Caleb received the Outstanding Biology Graduate Award and Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the West Liberty University, among his other awards. He sends his sincere appreciation to the West Virginia State Medical Association Alliance for the scholarship that he received; and he looks forward to serving the people of West Virginia.

Sean Parker

Sean Parker is a fourth year medical student at West Virginia University originally from Princeton, West Virginia. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2016 majoring in chemistry with minors in math and biology and then returned to his home-state for medical school. He has a strong interest in oncology and is currently aiming to pursue a career in radiation oncology. Over the course of medical school, he has participated in clinical research projects focused on palliative care and radiation therapy for lung cancer and has resented some of these topics at national conferences. Aside from school, he is interested in golf, traveling, hiking, and recently learned how to cook! He is thankful for the WVSMA Alliance Scholarship and the help in his pursuit of a career in medicine.

Thank you to the WVSMA Alliance's representatives at each medical school!

Ruth Gilbert (L)  presented Abbie's scholarship check to Linda Holmes (R) at WVSMA's Annual Healthcare SUmmit at the Greenbrier

Ruth Gilbert

Marshall University Representative

Ruth (L) presenting the MU scholarship to Linda Holmes (R) at WVSMA's Annual Healthcare Summit at the Greenbrier


Rose and SOMS - Copy

Rose Romero

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Representative

Rose (R) presenting the WVSOM scholarship to Missy Rubin (L) and Heather Antolini at WVSMA's Annual Healthcare Summit at the Greenbrier


Sarah Wade

West Virginia University Representative 

Sarah (L) presenting the WVU scholarship to Clare Flanagan at WVSMA's Annual Healthcare Summit at the Greenbrier


Contact for the WVSMA Alliance:  Rose Romero

WVSMA Alliance Council Member and WEPAC Representative: Sarah Wade

WVSMA Alliance School of Medicine Endowment Scholarships Contacts:

  • Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine:  Ruth Gilbert

  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine:  Rose Romero

  • West Virginia University School of Medicine:  Sarah Wade

West Virginia Medical Foundation Member:  Rose Romero

Historian:  Sarah Wade


If you are interested in being a member of the WVSMA Alliance, please submit dues to the West Virginia State Medical Association by mail or email.