Program founded by UNC School of Medicine students will be carried on by MedServe fellow

In 2014, Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars and Albert Schwietzer Fellows Brittany Papworth and Rivers Woodard founded PROMISE, which stands for Providing Rural Opportunities in Medicine through Inspiring Service and Education. It’s being continued this year by UNC graduate and MedServe fellow Misty Cox.

Program founded by UNC School of Medicine students will be carried on by MedServe fellow click to enlarge MedServe Fellow Misty Cox

In 2014, current UNC MD-MBA student Rivers Woodard and Brittany Papworth, MD, 2016 UNC School of Medicine graduate and current UNC OB-GYN resident, founded PROMISE, which stands for Providing Rural Opportunities in Medicine through Inspiring Service and Education. The pair, Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars, and Albert Schweitzer Fellows designed and implemented the program at Mitchell High School and Mountain Heritage High School in rural, western North Carolina while at UNC School of Medicine’s Asheville Campus.

The goal of the program is to encourage students to seek careers in health care while fostering a spirit of pride among the students in their community. It provides health care experiences and mentorship opportunities.

Originally funded through Woodward and Papworth’s Schweitzer Fellowships, the program is now supported by MAHEC and will be implemented this year at McDowell High School by MedServe Fellow and UNC graduate Misty Cox.

Recently Cox led an interest session for the program at McDowell High School. The program and that info session were featured in the McDowell News

MedServe is a first-of-its-kind program created by medical school and business school students from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, that pairs 13 outstanding recent college graduates with primary care clinics in rural or underserved parts of North Carolina for two years of immersive service.