The North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation offers a variety of programs and opportunities to medical students. A few 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. There are 3 programs to choose from, ranging from a short 2-week experience to participation in a 3-year program that will occur through the rest of your medical school years. 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.
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. http://www.ncafp.com/students/rural-health-experience
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. http://www.ncafp.com/students/externship-program
3) 3-year continuity experience – The Family Medicine Interest and Scholars Program: This includes the 4-week clinical experience described above. However it also includes many other opportunities – and expectations – during your next 3 years of medical school. One goal is for you to have the chance to develop a long-term mentoring relationship with the physician you spend your first 4 weeks with; you will return to that same physician for your 3rd year clerkship rotation and will have opportunities each year to re-connect with that physician in an effort to encourage this mentoring opportunity. Some of the other opportunities include fully funded travel to the NCAFP Annual Meeting each December as well as one trip to Kansas City for AAFP National Conference for FM Residents and Medical Students, another funded National-level conference of choice (must be related to FM), a Leadership Elective w/ the NCAFP and other collaborating partners and the opportunity for up to $10,000.00 scholarship if you ultimately practice FM in NC. Some of the expectations include, arranging your schedule for attendance at the Annual meeting each year, as well as the NCAFP Family Medicine Day and AAFP National Conference in KC. Participating in evaluation and feedback as requested for the program For all details please visit our website and review the UNC Timeline for this program: http://www.ncafp.com/students/interest_and_scholars_program
Application deadline for all programs: 1/16/13. All 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.
The new 2-week immersion in Rural Health is funded by the Rural Track Residency programs: (Hendersonville and Monroe). The other two programs are made possible by donations to our Foundation. Physician members of the NCAFP support these programs with private donations, as well as our Corporate Funder, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.