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Our virtual Meet and Greet with members of the Kenan Trust Foundation

Zoom Meet and Greet

We are almost halfway through the year and ORI continues to push our mission to address the health care disparities in rural North Carolina through the recruitment and retaining of a diverse primary care provider workforce to meet the unique needs of our rural and underserved communities. In this vein, we have another cohort of Kenan Rural Primary Care Scholars who have completed residency and entered practice and cohort who have completed medical school and are off to residency. Congratulations to both groups as they embark on these new adventures in their careers!

Kenan grads 2021

Kenan Scholars Jarrod Suddreth and Allison Hollowell UNC SOM C/O 2021


Scholars Entering the Rural Primary Care Workforce

  • Brad Thompson Rockingham County, NC
  • Anne Cotter Edmunds, WA

2021 Kenan Scholars Residency Matches

  • Safiyya Adams-Pediatrics-UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill
  • Kyle Bingham–Internal Medicine-Wake Medicine Hospitals-Raleigh
  • Julia Draper-Family Medicine-Mountain Area Health Ed Center-Asheville
  • Allison Hollowell-Family Medicine-UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill
  • Sarah McShane-OB/GYN-University of Vermont Med Center-Burlington, VT
  • Jarrod Suddreth–Internal Medicine-UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill
  • Meagan Watkins-Surgery-University of Maryland Med Center-Baltimore, MD
  • Chelsea Fitzhugh-OB/GYN-Carolinas Med Center-Charlotte
  • Caroline Fryar-OB/GYN-Vidant Med Center /ECU Greenville, NC

Kenan Spotlight

We have some amazing scholars and staff doing great things in the School of Medicine and beyond. We are highlighting two of our scholars who recently received some great honors. We would also like to highlight members of our ORI/Kenan (Director Meredith Bazemore & Dr. Caroline Roberts) who were chosen to be presenters at this year’s Annual National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Conference.

image of allison award article

Caleb Smith
Golden Humanism Award Recipient Caleb Smith. The Gold Foundation champions humanism in healthcare defined as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care. When skilled clinicians build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, studies reveal more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes. More than 35,000 medical students, physicians, and other leaders have been inducted and serve as role models of the human connection in healthcare.

Summer Placements and Schedule

  • There will also be a 2021 Kenan Reception at Old East Tavern following the POCUS session on campus. Looking forward to seeing our new scholars!
  • JUNE 21ST-JULY 30 Students will be in their summer clinicals
  • You should have information about your summer placement. If you do not have your assignment please contact your campus lead.


  • The UNC Employee Forum will be hosting a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on June 8th 7a-6p at the Dean E. Smith Center. Come hang out in one of the best spots on campus! Please sign up to donate and/or volunteer.
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be hosting a “Family Reunion” event June 17th at the Farm to foster community and celebrate the diversity within the UNC SOM, residents, faculty/staff and UNC Hospitals family. Register
  • Office of Rural Initiatives (ORI) in conjunction with Kinston Community Health Center (KCCH) will be hosting a large scale Remote Area Medical (RAM) mobile clinic in Kinston, NC Sept 10-13 providing free medical, dental and optometry care to the community. We are in search of volunteers for this event. If interested please email Feel free to share this info with fellow health professionals, students, providers, and/or community members who may be interested. Learn more about RAM
  • We will be planning a Fall Kenan Scholars gathering to welcome everyone back and turn our virtual “Meet and Greet” to in person. Stay tuned for details. There will also be a larger 10 year celebration in the Spring. We hope to have as many of our Kenan Scholars from all years present at this event to celebrate this milestone!
  • Do you identify as a First Generation medical student and would like to join a supportive network of peers, mentors, and resources, as well as a safe space to discuss their unique challenge? Please email Meredith Bazemore for more information and to get on the listserv.

Be on the lookout for our next edition where we will introduce our new 2021 Kenan Rural and Urban Primary Care Scholars and share some of our scholars’ work from their summer clinical experiences.

Articles for Thought (Great Reads)

The Challenge Of Vaccine Hesitancy In Rural America

Commentary: Rural Americans Need to See Themselves as Part of America’s Diversity

Report: As Obstetrics Units in Rural Hospitals Close, Black Rural Moms and Infants Face Higher Mortality Rates