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Southeastern Rural Vocational Experiences (S.E.R.V.E.) was created in 2022 supported through the Novant Health, UNC Health, and UNC School of Medicine partnership. The programs are led through the UNC Office of Rural Initiatives (ORI) in collaboration with community partners and schools in Southeastern North Carolina to develop a future healthcare workforce through the exposure and connection of pathways for students. Programs reach students across middle school to undergraduate educational spaces and seek to provide engagement and opportunity for students to explore healthcare careers.  

The On Call Speaker Series invites healthcare professionals to high schools to share about their personal journey and path to healthcare career. When possible, speakers’ return to the high school they attended to share with current students creating a personal connection to the experience for the students and speaker. 

If you would like to learn more about the On Call Speaker Series, please reach out to Nicole Cornett, Assistant Director, at   


Picture 1 and 2: The first On Call Speaker Series launches in November 2022 with Dr. Bryant Murphy, UNC Health Anesthesiologist, a graduate of James Kenan High School (Duplin County). Dr. Murphy shared his career path from James Kenan forward to Health Sciences classes speaking to his role currently, but also sketching out and providing insight into the roles of all the other healthcare professionals that are part of his surgery team.