Interest & Scholars Program

NCAFP Scholars program

This innovative program, first implemented in 2010, is carrying out a two-tiered effort to increase interest in family medicine among North Carolina medical students. The first approach involves targeted efforts to increase interest in family medicine by improving interaction between practicing family physicians and the Family Medicine Interest Groups at each of North Carolina’s five medical schools.

The second involves the annual selection of up to 12 Family Medicine Scholars from among the state’s four medical schools for an intensive, three-year immersion experience into the specialty. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of North Carolina’s medical students who enter family medicine as a career and who choose to practice in our state.

-- Although we are not selecting additional Scholars at this time, the same program options are available to all students, including externships, scholarships, leadership electives and funding to attend state and national meetings. Please visit other student tabs on this site for more information--

The Family Medicine Interest Program

The Family Medicine Interest Program will seek to increase the effectiveness of relationships between the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP), practicing family physicians, medical school departments and the Family Medicine Interest Group at each North Carolina medical school. The concept is to expand the knowledge base and interest level of a broader group of medical students who may be interested in the specialty by increasing on-campus contact with practicing physicians and other primary care thought-leaders. This effort includes exposing a larger group of students to the NCAFP Annual Meeting each year, having practicing family physicians speak to medical students at each school on an ongoing basis, and making possible a national-level speaker at a key Family Medicine Interest Group event at each medical school.

The Family Medicine Scholars Program

To introduce North Carolina’s most promising future physicians to family medicine and primary care, the NCAFP designed a unique multi-year immersion experience for medical students. Up to 12 first-year medical students were selected each year during the period of 2010-2013. These students were enrolled in a dynamic three-year program designed to enhance their individual clinical skills, develop their health care leadership ability, and the option of accessing a scholarship should they enter a family medicine residency program. Each scholar was paired with a family physician practicing in a community-based setting. This physician served as a mentor during the course of the program. The relationship with these specially selected preceptors began during a four-week externship between the students’ first and second year of medical school (note: this was modified for Duke medical students) and continued with ongoing interaction at the NCAFP Annual Meeting and during their family medicine clinical rotation later in medical school. Furthermore, these students were funded to attend the American Academy of Family Physician’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, as well as one other national conference of their choosing. Each scholar has the opportunity to participate in a leadership rotation with the NCAFP and collaborating partners during their fourth year of medical school.

For questions regarding the Family Medicine Scholars Program, please contact Tracie Hazelett at the NCAFP at or via telephone at (919) 833-2110

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