The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has collaborated with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) to create the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program (formerly the Sarah Graham Kenan Rural and Underserved Medical Scholars Program).
The purpose of the 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 participants the opportunity to participate in a six-week summer internship program in Western North Carolina, monthly seminars in Chapel Hill, and to 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 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 Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program
Amanda Greene, MPA - Program Director
Benjamin Gilmer, MD and Geoffrey Jones, MD -Clinical Co-Directors