Kenan Scholars Story: Henderson

UNC Health Care is committed to expanding the number of primary care physicians who serve in rural and underserved areas in North Carolina. To that end, the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program gives medical students an opportunity to complete a six-week summer internship at a rural health care clinic.

Each student works with a primary care physician to see the clinic’s day-to-day operations and the variety of care these doctors provide. Students in the program learn UNC’s rural medicine curriculum, which provides the foundation of knowledge and skills needed to practice in an underserved area.

Susan Zhao is a UNC medical student who interned with Benjamin Dieter, MD, at Vance Family Medicine in Henderson, North Carolina.

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