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Program Builds Diverse Pipeline for Rural Care

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by Liz Schlemmer & Jason deBruyn

Jazmine Walker unzips a blue body bag. A gaggle of students in scrubs and surgical masks surround her. Teams of five crowd around cadavers around the room, about to begin their first dissection of a human body. But these are not medical students − not yet anyway.

They are aspiring doctors and dentists. And many don’t have the same background − nor look like − the vast majority of health professionals working today. But they do look like a lot of the patients they one day hope to serve. They are students of the Medical Education Development Program, a training program put on by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s medical school that has been creating a pipeline of minority doctors and dentists for more than 40 years.

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