UNC Family Medicine residency graduates inaugural class from Siler City track

Siler City, NC – UNC Family Medicine is celebrating the first graduates from its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Rural Health Track at Siler City. Morgan Layman, MD, Naeemah Munir, MD, MPH, and Emily Samson, MD, MPH, began their training as the inaugural class at Siler City Community Health Center (SCCHC) in 2019.

SCCHC is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center that opened in 2002 to serve Chatham, Randolph, and surrounding counties. The clinic serves a diverse population with over 50% Spanish-speaking patients and has a busy maternal child health program. SCCHC is located in close proximity to Chatham Hospital, which is fully staffed by UNC Family Medicine faculty and where residents also spend time.

These newly minted family physicians will begin practice in three medically underserved communities, including Chatham County.

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with this intrepid group of physicians,” said Gabriela Castro, MD, director of the Siler City FQHC Residency Track. “They have demonstrated tremendous resolve in caring for this community. We are inspired by their commitment to care for our patients through the trials of residency, the challenges of training, and of doing so in the midst of a pandemic.”

Siler City is the second site of the FQHC Track, joining the Prospect Hill Community Health Center track which launched in 2013. in. The track is part of a collaboration among UNC Family Medicine, Piedmont Health, and UNC Health to train family physicians to practice in rural and underserved communities and support the local rural healthcare workforce.

To learn more about the FQHC Track, visit go.unc.edu/FQHC-Track.