Kenan Rural Primary Care Medical Scholars
Thanks to the generous support of the Sarah Graham Kenan Endowment and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, the Kenan Primary Care Scholars Program, offers medical students rural experiences in Central, Eastern, and Western North Carolina through the Kenan Rural Scholars program.
Learn more about the programs, timelines, and current Kenan scholars using the quick links below.
- Program Components and Benefits
- How to Apply
- Rural Experience Leadership
- Meet the Rural Scholars & Alumni
If you are interested in speaking to a Kenan Scholar about their experience, please contact Meredith Bazemore. To learn more about the various campus opportunities, please visit the Rural Experience Leadership page for information about contacting Kenan Program Staff.
Why consider the opportunity to be a Kenan Primary Care Rural Scholar? Here’s what current students say about the program and rural medicine.
“The rural scholars program has challenged me to start thinking about specific challenges and opportunities that come along with being a doctor in a rural area.” – Anna McKinsey
“Community is also very important to me, and I hope to one day practice in a town where I can care for many generations of a single family” – Rivers Woodard
“Being a rural scholar has kept me inspired during medical school and helped remind me why the heck I decided to do this crazy thing in the first place.” – Anna McKinsey
Interested in learning more? Check out our Program Components and Benefits page next.
About the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Programs
In 2013, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine (UNC SOM), The William R. Kenan Charitable Trust, and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) collaborated to create the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program (formerly the Rural and Underserved Scholars Program). With the selection of ten scholars in 2018, the program has, and continues, to support fifty-four students seeking to serve in areas of primary care in rural North Carolina. Learn more about the Rural Experience here.
In partnership with Southeastern Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), and partners around central North Carolina, the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program now offers opportunities across the state. The ultimate purpose of the program is to increase the number of UNC SOM students seeking rural health careers in North Carolina and to provide financial support and enrichment experiences to sustain their decisions.
Objectives and Goals
The Kenan Primary Medical Scholars Program inspires students from The University of NC School of Medicine to pursue rural, underserved patient practice in NC in primary care specialties. The KPMS Program supports to explore the unique complexities of patient care in rural North Carolina. Creating connections with communities, practices, and providers, resources and other like-minded individuals. To address the needs of our state population, the program aims to populate underserved regions with well-trained doctors to address health care disparities.
Expansion Into Urban Experiences
The success of the rural experience program prompted an expansion to include scholars interested in urban underserved populations as well. Each of the opportunities offer a six-week summer externship giving students valuable hands-on experience serving our most vulnerable populations in North Carolina.