For West Virginia University School of Dentistry student Zach Sisler, the required rural rotation is about helping people who may have not been able to afford the dental care they need. Sisler is completing his rural rotation in Berkeley Springs.

“I think it gives people of rural West Virginia the hope that someday someone is going to come back to that rural, underserved area and help out,” he said.

All WVU dental students are required to complete a six-week stint with a dentist in a rural area of West Virginia. The students live within the community, working and socializing with the residents in hopes of achieving a new appreciation of the needs of the area.