FIRST Program

Fully Integrated Readiness for Service Training (FIRST) is an enhanced, three-year medical school curriculum linked to a North Carolina Family Medicine Residency, followed by three years of service to North Carolina with ongoing practice support.

The FIRST program consists of two parts: a three-year accelerated and enhanced medical school curriculum to fast-track into a NC Family Medicine Residency, followed by three years of service in North Carolina with ongoing support in practice. Read below for details of the two program components.

Medical School: Three-Year MD Curriculum

Residency: Three Years of Family Medicine Residency

FIRST Scholars have the highest priority in the match for UNC and affiliated North Carolina Family Medicine Residency Programs including MAHEC Family Medicine residency programs in Asheville, Hendersonville, and Boone.

Service: Three Years of Service to North Carolina

During the final year of medical school, FIRST students will be matched with loan repayment programs linked to service in a rural or underserved setting.

UNC Family Medicine, with support from key statewide leaders, will provide ongoing support, mentoring, and opportunities for continuing medical education throughout the three years of service after residency.

For more information about FIRST, visit UNC School of Medicine's website and read FIRST Scholar Bailey Allen's story.