Program Components and Benefits

       Program Components 

  • Six-week summer internship in Central, Eastern, or Western North Carolina, working in a rural family practice with a preceptor and living in the community ($2,000 stipend included). Once accepted to the program, students will fill out a Student Background and Interest Form, which will help ensure they are placed with an appropriate preceptor.
  • Weekly didactics on home campus (Asheville, Chapel Hill, or Wilmington) during summer internship on specific rural medicine topics. (examples of sessions here)
  • Scholars maintaining good academic standing are guaranteed acceptance into the UNC School of Medicine Asheville Campus, Wilmington Campus, or Chapel Hill CampusScholars will also participate in mentoring opportunities with undergraduate university/college students and high school students interested in health careers.
  • The Rural Medicine Curriculum is presented through “monthly group discussions” and runs through the foundation phase (year 2) of medical school.  Topics will build on each other, developing a unique rural health knowledge base and skill set. Group discussions are designed to foster a professional, and supportive, rural scholar cohort.
  • The small project component will provide an opportunity to collaborate on community projects or research with the preceptor site and/or exposure to ongoing faculty, resident, and administrative research or programs.

      Additional Benefits

  • Social Opportunities - fall and spring hosted events
  • Annual spring reception to recognize graduates and newly selected scholars 
  • Sessions with the Office of Rural Health of North Carolina to learn about potential opportunities for practice in North Carolina
  • Professional Development conferences and events