Family Medicine

The Harnett Health Family Medicine Residency program provides a wide range of progressive family-centered patient care. Each resident is equipped with the ability to care for individuals and families from birth to adulthood. In addition to being dually-accredited, our program has an added qualification of osteopathic recognition through ACGME. Faculty of the program strives to uphold osteopathic principles when practicing medicine within the resident-run Coats Medical Clinic or on inpatient services at Betsy Johnson Hospital and Central Harnett Health.


 Program Director-Regina Bray-Brown, MD.


Regina Bray Brown, MD Dr. Bray is the Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program.  She also serves as the Harnett Health Director of Medical Education.  Dr. Bray received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Family Medicine at the VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine Residency Program. She is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.  Dr. Bray has over 5 years of Graduate Medical Education experience and enjoys teaching both residents and medical students.

Associate Program Director-Varshaben Songara, MD.

Dr. Varsha Songara has been Core Faculty at Harnett Health Family Medicine Residency since July 2017 and was made Associate Program Director in June 2021. Dr. Songara received her undergraduate and graduate medical education in India and completed her Family Medicine residency training at Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Akron, Ohio. She is board certified in Family Medicine since 2012 and certified with a Focused Designation in Hospital Medicine since 2018. She has been living in the Triangle area with her family since 2013.  Besides teaching, she enjoys outdoor activities. 

The curriculum is structured to prepare each resident for Family Medicine in a rural or underserved setting. A strong emphasis is placed in medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery, community medicine, geriatrics, and a host of other rotations. To ensure each resident receives continuing education outside of the clinical setting, didactics are held weekly on Friday afternoons. Throughout the three years of training, residents will receive increasing responsibility throughout didactic and clinical experiences.

  • PGY-1 (12 months)
    • Inpatient – 3 months
    • Night Float – 1 month
    • FMP – 1 month
    • Community Med – 1 month
    • Pediatrics – 1 month
    • OB – 1 month
    • ED – 1 month
    • Surgery – 1 month
    • Elective – 1 month
    • Cards – 1 month
  • PGY -2 (12 months)
    • Inpatient – 1 month
    • Night Float – 1 month
    • FMP – 1 month
    • Pediatrics – 1 month
    • FMOB – 1 month
    • ED – 1 month
    • NICU – 1 month
    • Psych – 1 month
    • Geri – 1 month
    • Sports-Neidecker – 1 month
    • Obesity – 1 month
    • Elective – 1 month
  • PGY-3 (12 months)
    • Inpatient – 2 months
    • FMP – 2 months
    • Ortho – 1 month
    • Practice Mgmt – 1 month
    • Outpt Peds – 1 month
    • Peds ED – 1 month
    • OB/GYN# – 1 month
    • Elective – 3 months


Harnett Health Family Medicine Residency seeks to be an integral part of the community that we serve, going beyond the boundaries of our Family Practice Clinic. To that end, we have established a partnership with Falcon Children’s Home; serving as the primary care physicians for their residents. In an effort to promote healthy living and community engagement, each resident will participate in 2 community outreach events per year. In partnership with Campbell University’s Community and Global Health department, our residents provide care to migrant farm workers who would otherwise lack access to quality health care within our community.