Program Components and Benefits


  • Six-week summer internship in 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 in Asheville during summer internship on specific rural medicine topics.
  • Scholars maintaining good academic standing are guaranteed acceptance into the UNC School of Medicine Asheville CampusScholars participate in mentoring opportunities with undergraduate WNC university/college students and high school students interested in health careers.
  • The Rural Medicine Curriculum is presented through “monthly group discussions” and runs through year two of medical school.  Topics will build on each other and develop 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 MAHEC faculty, resident, and administrative research or programs.