CHAPEL HILL — Alex Gregor, who grew up in the Boone area, has been accepted as part of the fourth class of the UNC School of Medicine's Fully Integrated Readiness for Service Training (FIRST) Program. Four students were selected into this accelerated curriculum based on their commitment to family medicine and service to vulnerable populations, academic record, leadership qualities and potential for success in serving the residents of North Carolina.

FIRST was established through a grant provided by The Duke Endowment in 2015, and with additional funding provided in 2018 by the Fullerton Foundation, expanded to include the Asheville campus. This year, it will expand yet again to include the Charlotte campus.

The FIRST Program provides participants the opportunity to complete their MD in three years and, subject to academic and performance standards, includes a conditional acceptance into a Family Medicine Residency program in North Carolina. Following training, scholars will take part in three years of service in a rural and/or underserved area of North Carolina. They will receive ongoing support from UNC Department of Family Medicine in partnership with the NC Office of Rural Health and Community Care, AHEC, Piedmont Health Services and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.

Gregor was born in Petersburg, Va., but grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. After graduating cum laude in anthropology from Davidson College, he completed a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Virginia. Gregor speaks Spanish and aspires to address health needs holistically in North Carolina, as well as through humanitarian outreach to other countries.

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