Kenan Rural Primary Care Medical Scholars
The program offers medical students rural experiences in Central, Eastern, and Western North Carolina.
The Office of Rural Initiatives (ORI) exist 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.
Our office exists to promote the school’s mission of educating future physicians who can help meet the health care needs of our state, the nation, and the global community. Along with recruitment and retention of minority and underrepresented students at the UNC School of Medicine, our office provides academic and social support, leadership opportunities, professional development, and additional resources to potential and current students who have a commitment to join us on our mission.
The Office of Rural Initiatives was created in summer 2017 to align efforts related to the education, training, and retention of primary care physicians to rural and underserved areas in North Carolina. The office works with campus and community partners to strengthen and build pipeline programs to support students from rural and underserved backgrounds on a pathway to medicine. Housing the Kenan Primary Care Scholars Program (Rural and Urban) the NC Rural Primary Care Fellowship, Rural Medicine Pathway Program in partnership with the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid at UNC-Chapel Hill, Rural Medicine Summer Academy, and the First Gen Fellows Program, the Office of Rural Initiatives is working to establish connected resources, support, and programs to expand the number of primary care physicians seeking to serve rural and underserved North Carolina. The office directly reflects the mission and commitment of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care to serve the people of the state of North Carolina.
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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @UNC_ORI_SOM Rural Scholars Reese Willingham and Keny Murillo-Brizuela at 2021 White Coat Ceremony New Kenan Primary Care URBAN Scholars Please welcome our newest cohort of Kenan Primary Care Urban Scholars to the Kenan/ORI family as we look forward to the amazing things they will do in the Urban spaces of our …
Our virtual Meet and Greet with members of the Kenan Trust Foundation 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 …
New ORI Logo New Kenan Scholars Program Logo Hello Rural Friends, it is hard to believe it has been almost a year since we were free to gather, hug, and travel at will. However, we continue the work of identifying, training, and supporting amazing individuals who desire to practice medicine in our rural and underserved …
Director, Office of Rural Initiatives
Assistant Director, Office of Rural Initiatives
Coordinator, Office of Rural Initiatives
Faculty Director for Rural Education, Chapel Hill Campus
UNC School of Medicine
037 MacNider Hall, CB 7001
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Felicia Crawford – ORI Coordinator