Urban Program with a Rural Track, Prospect Hill and Siler City, NC

The FQHC Track provides residents with their continuity experience at a Federally Qualified Health Center and the opportunity to work with a higher volume of Spanish speaking patients and rural populations. Residents in the FQHC Track participate in our core residency program and are exposed to the same curriculum and rotations as all UNC Family Medicine residents. However, they will have their continuity clinic experience in a rural Federally Qualified Health Center (instead of the UNC Family Medicine Center) that serves a large Spanish-speaking population.

Unique Features

Rural communities depend on clinicians with a broad scope of skills to care for them and their families. Modern rural family physicians still require a breadth of training, experiences and mentorship that may not be available or easily supported in urban communities. Our rural residency program incorporates the rigors of academic-based training with real-world experience in a small community away from urban academic centers. Our hope is that program graduates end up practicing in small, rural communities and have the skills to care for a diverse patient population, maintain work-life balance and enjoy life-long learning.

Program Highlights:

  • Active and engaged Community & Faculty
  • Integrated care for addiction
  • International Electives / Global Health
  • LGBTQ Care
  • Migrant Outreach & Mobile Medical Unit
  • Procedure Based Workshops & POCUS
  • Social Justice, Diversity & Health Equity
  • School Based Health Center
  • Work/Life Balance

Additional Information

There are two clinical sites in our FQHC Track:

1) Prospect Hill, NC: Federally Qualified Community Health Center located in a rural, medically underserved area 27 miles northeast of Chapel Hill. Of the two sites in the FQHC Track, PHCHC is the less urban. Caswell county boasts a population of 22,600, including 22.1% elderly, with 13.2% of residents uninsured, and 17.1% living below the poverty level. In addition, 45.7% of residents were not in the labor force, as compared to 38.7% of North Carolina residents. https://www.chamberofcommerce.com/united-states/north-carolina/prospect-hill/

2) Siler City, NC – Federally Qualified Community Health Center located in a rural, medically underserved town 34 miles southwest of Chapel Hill. Siler City is a working-class community that was named the 2015 North Carolina Small Town of The Year. SCCHC is located in a neighborhood setting, one block from the high school, and next door to the health department and a mental health center. SCCHC is very closely integrated with Chatham Hospital, a community based critical access hospital where residents also spend time. As of 2019 estimated data, 13.4% of Chatham County residents were uninsured, and in Siler City, 26.9% of the population live below the poverty level. The Hispanic-Latino population of Siler City is 42.5%. https://www.ccucc.net/