Student Well-Being

UNC School of Medicine Receives Endowment for Rural Health Program

By Jackie Mader — August 11, 2014 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine will receive $3 million from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust to support a program that places medical students in rural parts of the state.

The Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program, which launched in 2013, provides financial support and field experience to students at UNC’s School of Medicine who are interested in working in rural, underserved communities. During the third and fourth year of medical school, those students attend classes at the school’s Asheville campus in rural western North Carolina and are mentored by rural physicians.

Geoff Jones, the clinical co-director of the program, said in a press release that the program aims to increase the percentage of physicians who live and work in rural areas.

“There is very good evidence that exposing medical students to rural health careers during their education increases the likelihood that they will choose to practice in a small community,” Jones said. “Medical schools with rural health programs will play a key role in supplying the rural workforce of the future.”

Nationwide, rural areas often struggle to attract physicians. One recent study of more than 750 graduate medical schools found that less than 5 percent of graduates practiced in a rural area after graduation. Research shows that rural children are more likely than their urban peers to suffer from ailments like obesity, asthma, or diabetes, which can affect their academic achievement.

Several other medical and dental schools have programs similar to UNC’s. Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry launched a program in 2011 that trains dentists to practice in rural areas. That program recently received a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing recently received a federal grant to create a nursing program that will train students for careers in rural areas. In Missouri, a new law will allow medical schools graduates to bypass residency programs and work as assistant physicians in rural areas in an attempt to fill a shortage of rural doctors in the state.

Related Tags:

A version of this news article first appeared in the Rural Education blog.

Commenting has been disabled on effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Leadership for Racial Equity in Schools and Beyond
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal systemic racial disparities in educational opportunity, there are revelations to which we can and must respond. Through conscientious efforts, using an intentional focus on race, school leaders can
Content provided by Corwin
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Evaluating Equity to Drive District-Wide Action this School Year
Educational leaders are charged with ensuring all students receive equitable access to a high-quality education. Yet equity is more than an action. It is a lens through which we continuously review instructional practices and student
Content provided by BetterLesson

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Student Well-Being Opinion Educators, Be Future-Ready, But Don’t Ignore the Present
Being ready for what lies ahead is important, but we also need to gain a better understanding of the here and now.
5 min read
shutterstock 226918177
Student Well-Being Opinion How to Prioritize Student Well-Being This Year
Use the Student Thriving Index to find out where your kids stand. Because you cannot manage what you cannot measure.
2 min read
Images shows a stylized artistic landscape with soothing colors.
Student Well-Being Spotlight Spotlight on Supporting Teachers & Students
In this Spotlight, evaluate your district and what supports your schools offer, assess attendance policies to avoid burnout, and more
Student Well-Being What the Research Says Child Hospitalizations Spike Under Delta, Particularly in Low-Vaccination States
Nationwide, the number of children and teens hospitalized due to COVID-19 has ballooned nearly tenfold since midsummer, new CDC data show.
2 min read
hopital stethescope 1222194507
Aleksandr Titov/iStock/Getty