The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine (UNC SOM) and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has collaborated to create this dynamic longitudinal program for students interested in rural medicine.
The purpose of this program is to ultimately 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 rural scholars program provides a mentoring experience with a rural preceptor over the course of 3 years during their medical education and the opportunity to commit to the Asheville longitudinal program.
During their 4th year, Asheville students are required to complete two rural rotations. For rural scholars, one of these will be with their original internship preceptor. The rural scholars program also has a required “community” or small research project to be conducted in their practice site during their summer internship period. Students will return to Asheville on a weekly basis for didactics on topic areas specific to rural medicine. Recreation and team building experiences will also be folded into the summer program.
The Sarah Graham Kenan Rural & Underserved Medical Scholars Program
Benjamin Gilmer, MD and Geoffrey Jones, MD - Clinical Co-Directors
Amanda Greene, MPA(c) - Program Director