Project PROMISE (Providing Rural Opportunities in Medicine through Inspiring Service and Education) recruits motivated rural high school students with authentic interest in healthcare and supports them by providing exposure and mentorship in the medical field. Additionally, PROMISE students use the healthcare knowledge that they acquire during their internship to give back to the community. These two key pillars of the program are designed to assist and guide rural students into the medical field while nurturing in them a sense of pride and commitment to serving their rural communities.
Project PROMISE was started in the fall of 2014 by two UNC Chapel Hill Medical Students who plan to practice primary care in Western North Carolina. Originally supported by an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Project PROMISE seeks to be a locally-run and community-sustained effort through which we collectively invest in the health of our region.
“We can provide incentives to attract healthcare professionals to the area from other parts of the country, and such measures will help. But imagine a community that trains its own students and supports them in their path to a healthcare profession. Envision practitioners returning who were once students in these mountains and know the needs of the community best – this is Project PROMISE” — Rivers Woodward