As the founding director of FirstHealth Dental Care Centers, Sharon Nicholson Harrell, DDS, is fulfilling a goal she set for herself in undergraduate school: to care for underserved populations. As an AHEC preceptor, she is encouraging future graduates to do the same.Southern Regional AHEC Story
Sharon Nicholson Harrell, DDS
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Building a Value-Based Workforce in North Carolina
Health care in the United States is likely to change more in the next 10 years than in any previous decade. However, changes in the…Read More
The State of the Physician Workforce in North Carolina
North Carolina has enough doctors to meet the needs of the state’s population but the doctors aren’t distributed well. Policy action is needed to encourage…Read More
My teaching role has involved hosting health professional students from many different schools in the region. I feel fortunate to have learned from so many expert teachers and am grateful for these opportunities to give back to my profession. It is especially gratifying to be involved with the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program. I hope that I can inspire some of the students and get them excited to come practice in rural areas in Western North Carolina.
The research opportunities that I experienced during my Northwest AHEC and other summer medical programs improved my resume and increased my chances of getting into the medical school of my choice. At East Carolina University, I quickly learned that the AHEC system was still a part of my life and aspirations. I took advantage of housing that was provided for medical students during rotations held at other health care facilities across the state . . . Thank you, Northwest AHEC, for being the catalyst to my dreams.