The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine (UNC SOM) and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), through generous funding by the Sarah Graham Kenan Foundation, have collaborated to create this dynamic longitudinal program for students interested in rural medicine.
The purpose of this program is to ultimately increase the number of UNC SOM students seeking rural health careers in North Carolina and to provide financial support and enrichment experiences to sustain their decisions. The rural scholars program provides participants the opportunity to commit to the Asheville campus longitudinal program and a mentoring experience with a rural preceptor over the course of three years during their medical education. Applicants must indicate their interest during their first year of medical school at UNC Chapel Hill.
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For more information, please contact Benjamin Gilmer, Rural Scholars Director.
To apply online, please visit the UNC Rural Scholars page.