Innovative MedServe Program Aims to Reduce Shortage of Primary Care Physicians

An innovative program seeking to reduce the shortage of primary care physicians officially launched this week, beginning with a multi-day orientation hosted at UNC-Chapel Hill. The new MedServe program is a first-of-its-kind effort pairing 13 recent college graduates with rural/underserved primary care clinics.

MedServe’s strategy is to immerse promising future doctors in communities for up to 2-years so they can experience firsthand the effects that primary care physicians have on communities. Founded by two dual MD/MBA students from the UNC School of Medicine and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, MedServe is aiming to help increase the percentage of medical students choosing primary care careers by exposing them to impactful experiences prior to medical school.

According to MedServe co-founder Anne Steptoe, ‘We believe that by showing our fellows the best of rural and community-based primary care, we can encourage the next generation of primary care physicians to think more broadly about where their career in medicine can occur.’

During the program’s orientation activities, NCAFP’s Greg Griggs, MPA, CAE, presented an overview of key parts of healthcare as a business and Dr. Warren Newton presented on NC’s healthcare system. NCAFP’s Tracie Hazelett, Student Interest & Initiatives Manager, is serving as an advisor to the program as well.

To learn more about MedServe, visit www.med-serve.org.

Additional Coverage

Raleigh’s News & Observer published an excellent article describing the program in it June 29th, 2016 edition, titled ‘A great match – college grads who want medical experience and clinics that have need.’