The Rural Experience in FM

Rural Experience

Immerse Yourself in Rural and/or Underserved Health Care

NCAFP's Rural Health Programs are (2)-week immersion experiences in rural family medicine in North Carolina. There are two programs available, one in Eastern NC and one in rural Western North Carolina, each program will accommodate up to ten students. These programs are available to any first year medical student enrolled in one of the five North Carolina medical schools. Third year medical students at Duke SOM are also invited to participate.

Special note for 2017: basic schedule and content for programs will remain the same. Specific dates and application for class of 2020 to participate in 2017 programs will be coming soon!

Application packet must be received no later than 11:59pm EST, January 15, 2016. This program available for current 1st-year medical students (Class of 2019) enrolled in any of the five NC medical schools and for 3rd year Duke Students. Students must be NCAFP members for applications to be considered. --

Complete Online Application Here

How it Works

The Eastern program will be held June 19 - July 1, 2016 and the Western NC program will be held July 10 - 23, 2016. While the programs will differ in some ways due to geography and the nature of the underserved areas in which they are located, they will be similar in other ways. The first week will take place with 8-10 other NC medical students at a family medicine residency training program where students will participate in various activities which may include: rural health topics and didactic sessions, patient home visits, wilderness medicine discussions and activities, visits to a rural hospital, a rural health department, hands-on skills workshops and information regarding resources available to those who choose to practice in a rural or underserved area of NC (loan repayment, etc.).

The second week you will be matched with a practicing family physician to spend a "week in the life" of a family doctor working in a rural / underserved area. This is a great way to experience complete immersion in rural family medicine in the course of just two short, but incredibly beneficial (and fun!) weeks.

Why Apply

Past Participant: "I have loved the physicians I’ve been able to work with over the past two weeks. I have learned a LOT about what life is like both in the clinic and out (thanks to our physician hosts & interactions with residents) for a rural physician. My mind is full of colorful stories I’ve heard, faces I’ve seen and the enthusiasm to explore this area of medicine further. It makes me excited for the years ahead!"

How to Apply

To apply, please access the online application at the link above in the shaded box. If you have questions please contact Tracie Hazelett @ the NCAFP: 919-833-2110 or