Program Components


  • Six-week summer internship in Western North Carolina, working in a rural family practice with a preceptor and living in the community ($2000 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 the six-week summer internship period on specific rural medicine topics.
  • As long as the accepted scholars maintain good academic standing they are guaranteed acceptance into the 3rd & 4th Year Longitudinal UNC SOM Program in Asheville, NC. Varied opportunities to work and talk with current SOM Asheville students and Family Medicine and/or OB/GYN residents at MAHEC.
  • Provide mentoring to accepted undergraduate interns interested in health careers in addition to exposure and mentoring to other WNC university/college students accepted or interested in careers in medicine.
  • The Rural Medicine Curriculum will be presented through “monthly group discussions”, after acceptance into the program, and running through year two of medical school.  The topics will build on each other and develop a unique rural health knowledge base and skill set.  Most of the group discussions will take place in the homes of professors and are designed to foster a professional, 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.