Kidzcare Pediatrics Partners with Fayetteville State University in Support of Medical College Pathway Program

KidzCare Pediatrics of Fayetteville has partnered with Fayetteville State University (FSU) to recruit prospective students into the FSU-Meharry Medical College Early Acceptance Program (FMEAP).

FMEAP is a nine-year program that begins with acceptance into the program as an undergraduate at FSU and concludes with graduation from Meharry Medical College. The program consists of three years of study in a prescribed undergraduate premedical school curriculum, three years of medical school and three-year residency requirement in Southeastern North Carolina in an underserved area.

“It is a pleasure to enter into this partnership with KidzCare Pediatrics as we seek to identify top students for this program,” said FSU Interim Chancellor Peggy Valentine. “KidzCare Pediatrics understands the importance of producing quality healthcare providers for this region of the state, and the fact that they are willing to assist us in recruiting students for this program speaks volumes of their commitment to addressing this need.”

Students seeking admissions into the FMEAP must have a minimum high school unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.8 on a 4.0 system and a minimum Composite ACT score of 28 (or equivalent SAT score). Upon meeting minimum requirements final acceptance into the program will be determined by a formal interview composed of FSU and Meharry Medical College representatives. Each year, up to 15 students will be selected to participate in the program each year contingent upon funding. Each student selected to participate must agree to the following:

  • To attend the Pre-Med Bridge Program, a three-week summer academic enrichment program
  • Attend a six-week summer academic and clinical enrichment program at MMC each summer following the Pre-Med Bridge program
  • Participate in the second-year intense formal Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Review, complete and submit the MCAT application, and complete and submit the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine application during the third summer of the program
  • Participate in all co-curricular experiences related to this program

“At KidzCare Pediatrics, we want to create the next generation of health care professionals who will serve North Carolina and save thousands of lives in the years to come,” said Dr. Ashok Jain, founder and president of KidzCare Pediatrics. “Hence, we have affiliated with Fayetteville State University’s new 3+3+3 program for undergraduate medical school-residency program, and we want to offer thousands of our teen-age patients from across all regions of North Carolina the opportunity to meet, shadow, and understand what it takes to be a nurse, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, doctor and pediatrician. We want our patients to apply to this program since we guarantee them a job when they graduate. We will also offer scholarships for these programs. At the end of the day when these teens become healthcare professionals, they will help us create more jobs in North Carolina to serve and save lives.”

About Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System and the second-oldest institution of higher education in the state, having been founded in 1867. FSU is a historically black university offering degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,700 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation. To learn more about Fayetteville State University, visit www.uncfsu.edu.

About KidzCare Pediatrics

KidzCare Pediatrics is the largest privately held pediatric group in North Carolina. Dr. Ashok Jain is the founder President and opened the first office in Hope Mills, N.C., in 2003. Kidzcare Pediatrics is headquartered in Fayetteville, N.C., and is celebrating over 17 years of service to children, with 26 locations spanning from the coastline to the mountains of North Carolina, with one site in Clayton, GA. Currently, KidzCare serves 67 North Carolina counties, employing approximately 186 healthcare staff and empowering close to 50 providers who are delivering excellent pediatric healthcare services to more than 60,000 patients during their 150,000 office visits.

Even with its growth, KidzCare Pediatrics remains committed to providing accessible, affordable, quality care for all children irrespective of their ability to pay. The business has achieved and maintained the highest Level 3 recognition for being a Patient-Centered Medical Home (for delivering high-quality healthcare service) by the National Committee on Quality Assurance, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for excellent quality service to the children of North Carolina. For more information, visit: www.Kidzcare.com.