The Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program
In 2013, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine (UNC SOM), The William R. Kenan Charitable Trust, and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) collaborated to create the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program (formerly the Rural and Underserved Scholars Program). To date, the program has supported more than thirty students seeking to serve in areas of primary care in rural North Carolina.
In partnership with Southeastern Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), and partners around central North Carolina, by 2017 the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program will offer opportunities across the state. The ultimate purpose of the program is to increase the number of UNC SOM students seeking rural health careers in North Carolina and to provide financial support and enrichment experiences to sustain their decisions.
The success of the rural experience program prompted an expansion to include scholars interested in urban underserved populations as well. Each of the opportunities offer a six-week summer externship giving students valuable hands on experience serving our most vulnerable populations in North Carolina.