fellow roles


We believe fellows should be exposed to the clinical and community components of being a primary care physician; we think it is crucial that they do so in a way that is beneficial to clinics. For that reason, we have established six trainable roles for MedServe Fellows. Each of our clinic partners select one clinical and one community role for a Fellow to complete, based on what represents the greatest needs in their practice. Clinical roles assist with clinical flow and are designed to facilitate ease & efficiency for clinic staff. Community roles grow clinic performance in the context of the local health community.


clinical roles

Medical Scribe

Fellow enters data into the electronic medical record during patient visits so that physicians can focus on interacting with their patients. Scribe use is associated with increased provider and patient satisfaction, and efficiency gains.

Medical Assistant

Fellow helps room patients, collect histories, vital signs, and completes other skill-appropriate tasks. Fellow also assists with practice management functions such as insurance authorization processes and referral follow-up.

Medical Interpreter

Fellow provides a neutral communication link between non-English-speaking patients and the provider during patient encounters.

community roles

Community Health Worker

Fellow assists with community outreach programs on behalf of the clinic. This may include health education, limited services (e.g. home checks, pill checks, vital signs) and providing information about clinic services.

Health Coach

Fellow performs motivational interviewing and behavioral change troubleshooting for common outpatient conditions (e.g. diabetes, obesity). Fellows may do this at a clinic or other community site.

Quality Improvement / Population Health Specialist

Fellow helps manage and implement quality improvement projects and track quality measure improvements in the practice.



training institute

Our extensive two-week Training Institute (Chapel Hill) introduces fellows to rigorous curriculum, core clinical competencies, and develops a deeper understanding of our state’s changing healthcare landscape. This is the kick-off to the fellowship experience and takes place the last two weeks in June.

quarterly skill summits

Fellows attend quarterly skill summits across NC (Asheville, Charlotte, Greenville, Triangle) to build fundamental clinical skills, receive personalized interview preparation & application support, and gain access to a network of alumni & physicians.



mentorship from a physician

Each fellow is matched with a superb primary care doctor at their clinic who exemplifies the innovative, empathetic practitioner we believe healthcare needs.

$20,000 annual stipend

As an AmeriCorps member, fellows receive a $20,000 annual stipend. In addition, fellows are eligible for an education award of $5,920 at the end of each year of their service.

quarterly check-ins

Fellows will meet with MedServe senior staff quarterly for guided reflection, clinic feedback, and intention setting as fellows explore their career in healthcare.

Biweekly check-ins

MedServe staff checks in biweekly with fellows to ensure a quality experience is taking place for both clinic partners and fellows. We are here to celebrate successes, be a thought partner in budding ideas, and support fellows as they navigate challenges associated with healthcare.