Laura Purcell, MD, General Surgery resident was only one of three students selected as OIA health Scholars.


The School of Medicine’s Office of International Activities, in conjunction with the UNC Office of Graduate Medical Education, announced the recipients for the 2018 OIA Global Health Scholars Program.

This competitive, two-year, multi-disciplinary OIA Global Health Scholars Program provides funding to support the career and leadership development of residents with a vested commitment to global health.

Dr. Purcell was only one of three students selected as an OIA Health Scholar. She is a fourth-year General Surgery resident. Her global surgery focus will be on pediatric and trauma surgery, specifically pediatric burn care in Malawi. Her mentor is Anthony Charles, MD, and her Program Director is Michael Meyers, MD.

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. This July, she will be the UNC Malawi Surgical Initiative Fellow and begin her Masters of Public Health at UNC Gillings School of Public Health.

To learn more about the OIA Global Health Scholars’ research studies, their mentors, and future program eligibility, visit the website: