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The UNC Family Medicine Summer Academy (FMSA) is accepting applications through June 1, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FMSA program will be offered in two virtual sessions during the summer of 2020. Session 1 will take place from July 13th – 14th, and Session 2 will be July 15th-16th. The program will host a 2 hour virtual session each day (4 hours total per session).

FMSA group photoUNC FMSA is a partnership program between the UNC Department of Family Medicine and the UNC School of Medicine Office of Rural Initiatives to provide recently graduated high school students an experience that introduces them to a career in medicine. These students will gain insight into our inpatient Family Medicine service and the Family Medicine Center clinic. Students who apply have an interest in serving North Carolina as a future rural primary care physician.

While the program is unable to offer the usual in-person environment on campus this year, students are guaranteed an engaging and educational experience via our virtual sessions. For example, there will be pre-participation modules about what it means to be a family medicine doctor as well as lectures on how to get into medical school. In addition, there will be a history and physical review with a simulated patient case. At the conclusion of the program, scholars receive a mentor to provide continuing guidance and support.Students engage in patient care simulation

Through grant support and donations, participation for the 2020 FMSA is FREE for accepted students. Healthcare systems, businesses, and private entities may sponsor a student to participate in FMSA. For more information about this opportunity, please send an email to

To apply for the 2020 UNC FMSA program, visit