The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in collaboration with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) launched the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program (formerly the Sarah Graham Kenan Rural and Underserved Medical Scholars Program) in Fall 2013 with an inaugural cohort of seven scholars.
With seven new Kenan Primary Medical Scholars Fall 2016, twenty-four students have participated in the program.
The purpose of the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program is to increase the number of UNC School of Medicine students seeking health careers in rural and underserved areas in North Carolina and to provide financial support and enrichment experiences to sustain their decisions. The Rural Experience provides medical students the opportunity to participate in a six-week summer internship program in Western North Carolina, monthly seminars in Chapel Hill, and participants commit to the Asheville longitudinal program for their third and fourth years of medical school.
The Rural Experience also has a required “community”, or small research project to be conducted in their practice site during the summer internship period. Students return to Asheville on a weekly basis for didactics on topic areas specific to rural medicine and to connect with their peers. Recreation and team building experiences are also folded into the summer program enhancing the relationships across the cohorts.
The Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program Staff
Amanda Greene, MPA - Program Director
Benjamin Gilmer, MD and Geoffrey Jones, MD -Clinical Co-Directors