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Kenan Urban Scholars Program

In 2013, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine (UNC SOM), The William R. Kenan Charitable Trust, and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) collaborated to create the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program (formerly the Rural and Underserved Scholars Program). With the selection of 10 scholars in 2018, the program has supported and continues to support 54 students seeking to offer primary care in rural North Carolina. 

Launch of the Kenan Urban Scholars Externship

The success of the rural experience program prompted an expansion to include scholars interested in urban underserved populations as well. Each of the opportunities offer a six-week summer externship giving students valuable hands-on experience serving our most vulnerable populations in North Carolina.

Program Overview

During the summer externship, select recipients of the Kenan Urban Scholars Program will be assigned an individual preceptor who will guide them throughout the program. Recipient scholars will be given the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience in a variety of settings with diverse underserved populations. In addition to being placed within the WakeMed clinics, scholars will have scheduled time with a wide variety of community-based organizations to receive a full picture of both the challenges urban underserved populations face in accessing care and the resources available to assist them.

Learn more about the Kenan Urban Scholars Program.

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