Kenan Scholars Story: Surf City

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.

Meagan Watkins is a UNC medical student and a member of the Lumbee Native American tribe. She spent the summer with J. Seaborn Blair III, MD, at Island Family Medicine in Surf City, North Carolina.

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