Program Components and Benefits
- Cohort summer experience
- Six-week summer internship in Central, Eastern, or Western North Carolina, working in a rural family practice with a preceptor and living in the community ($2,000 stipend included). Once accepted to the program, students will fill out a Student Background and Interest Form, which will help ensure they are placed with an appropriate preceptor.
- Scholars may also participate in mentoring opportunities with undergraduate university/college students and high school students interested in health careers.
- The Rural Medicine Curriculum is presented through “monthly group discussions” and runs through the foundation phase (year 2) of medical school. Topics will build on each other, developing a unique rural health knowledge base and skill set. Group discussions are designed to foster a professional, and supportive, rural scholar cohort.
- The small project component during the summer experience provides an opportunity to collaborate on community projects or research with the preceptor site and/or exposure to ongoing faculty, resident, and administrative research or programs.
- Opportunity to participate in a mission trip to Honduras (Led by Dr. Benjamin Gilmer-Asheville Kenan Faculty Lead)
- Opportunity to enroll in Scholarly Concentration for Rural and Underserved Populations, as well as Rural Inter-Professional elective
Summer Project Examples, Placements and Reflections
See a map of placements and a video reflection from one of our 2020 summer Kenan Scholars
- Social Opportunities
- Annual spring reception to recognize graduates and newly selected scholars
- Sessions with the Office of Rural Health of North Carolina to learn about potential opportunities for practice in North Carolina
- Professional Development conferences and events