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). The original purpose of this program was 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 success of the program prompted an expansion to include scholars interested in urban underserved populations as well as continued growth of the rural opportunity to reach all areas of North Carolina. Each of the opportunities offer a six-week summer externship giving students valuable hands on experience serving our most vulnerable populations in North Carolina.