Overview and Application Process

The purpose of the Rural Health Scholarly Concentration is designed for students looking to enhance their competency in caring for rural patient populations that have often experienced significant disparities in health. This Concentration is designed to provide students with a more in-depth experience with caring for rural and underserved populations, allowing them to gain a deeper knowledge of the social determinants of health and explore potential remedies that address these issues on a local, regional and national scale. This is an exceptional opportunity for students interested in a career focused on the care of rural and underserved populations and will provide engagement in community health and a more in depth experience with Latino and Hispanic populations. Faculty members work with students throughout the four-year program and assist in designing and completing a project.

Rural Health will offer applications in 2019.

Program Structure and Highlights

The Rural Health Scholarly Concentration has elements in all phases of the TEC Curriculum.

ALL PHASES (once accepted into the program)

Students will be expected to participate in the following longitudinal experiences:

  • Attendance at FOUR outreach opportunities attending and recruiting events providing information and recruitment for students interested in a career in medicine
  • Attending a minimum of THREE Rural-Focused didactics
  • Participating in an annual Rural Day hosted by the NC Rural Center in Raleigh, NC (hosted around May every year)

Foundation Phase

Application Phase

  • Students will participate in ONE of the following
    • 4 half days of shadowing in a rural health clinic or setting, such as farmworker clinics
    • IPE elective under the Rural Inter-Professional Health Initiative (Meg Zomorodi – School of Nursing leads this)

Individualization Phase

  • Students will be required to participate in BOTH:
    • One Rural Elective
    • Final Project – This project may be distributed over Individualization Phase under the advisement of a faculty member. Some students will begin their projects well before the Individualization Phase. The project will culminate in a paper and oral presentation to other Rural Health Concentration Program students. Ideally, the project will also be submitted to an academic society as an abstract for a poster presentation or oral presentation at a regional or national meeting (or possibly for publication). This project will be mentored by a faculty member.