MS1 Family Medicine Opportunities

Various Opportunities provided by the Department of Family Medicine. Additionally, the NCAFP has experiences that can last as little as 2 weeks to as long as 3 years.

The Fully Integrated Readiness for Service Training (FIRST) program is a new THREE-year medical school curriculum to fast-track into the UNC Family Medicine Residency Underserved Track, followed by three years of service in North Carolina. Curriculum starts March of first year.

Shadowing is available to UNC Medical Students at the Family Medicine Building clinic. Please contact Carolyn Joines () for availability.

The North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation offers a variety of programs and opportunities to medical students. Two of these are clinical experience opportunities only available to 1st year medical students.  These opportunities take place during the summer between your first and second year of medical school. Note: you do not have to be convinced the specialty of Family Medicine is your career path, merely have an interest in learning more about this exciting specialty. The programs:

  1. 2-week immersion experience in a Rural Health Care Setting in North Carolina:   One week will take place with 8-10 other NC medical students at a rural residency training program in western North Carolina where you will participate in various activities including “a day in the life” as a rural family doctor, a procedures workshop, visits to a rural hospital and a health department, information regarding resources (loan repayment, etc.) available to those who choose to practice in a rural or underserved area of NC and lastly, a day of fun in rural NC.   The 2nd week you will be matched with a practicing physician in rural North Carolina and spend a week in the life of a rural family doc.  This week will take place in a rural setting but can take place anywhere in NC – not just the western part of the state.
  2. 4-week clinical experience through the NCAFP Externship Program:  Designed to offer students the opportunity to work alongside a practicing community family physician to see first-hand the daily life and activity of a full time, community – based practicing physician.  Depending on the physician paired with, experiences may involve daily patient care, hospital rounds, nursing home or group home care visits, hospice care, free clinic work, house calls; it will vary according to the physician and community.  Every effort is made to pair students in the geographic area of choice, however not all specific locations can be accommodated so flexibility is requested.
    ***Application deadline for both programs: 1/15/16.  Both experiences offer a stipend.  This is to help off-set commuting / housing costs you incur as a result of your placement since our goal is to place students in a setting outside of the academic setting.  Please note AHEC housing does partner with us and helps us whenever possible but due to 3rd year clerkship students the housing may be filled.

There are also scholar programs students interested in Family Medicine might find enticing:

  1. The Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program (Rural Experience or Urban Experience) (Details upcoming) Rural Experience website:

  2. The Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH) Scholars is a longitudinal program for medical students who are interested in practicing cost-effective, high-quality primary care as part of a larger vision of improving the health of populations. In addition to this unique blending of primary care and public health concepts, the program helps students build skills in research, writing, and leadership.

    This is a voluntary program which starts in first year.  Students will receive elective credit for successfully completing the program’s components.  Obtaining a masters in public health [MPH] is encouraged.  Added benefits of the program include early assurance into the Health Care and Prevention MPH program, provided good standing is maintained in the School of Medicine and other application requirements are met, and travel funds to attend a conference. Application deadline is January 6, 2017.

    The PCPH Scholars Program  is led by Anthony Viera, MD, MPH, and Lisa Slatt, MEd, with the help of a multidisciplinary committee consisting of faculty members from the School of Medicine and the Gillings School of Global Public Health.