School of Medicine

As the academic medical center at the heart of the UNC Health Care system, the UNC School of Medicine is central to our mission to become the nation’s leading public health care system.

In addition to the care provided at the teaching hospital in Chapel Hill and a tradition of outreach to underserved communities across the state, the School of Medicine also works to advance health care through basic science and clinical research. The research enterprise at the School of Medicine boasts a world-class faculty, and an array of programs and support services designed to create a thriving and collaborative research community.

With more than 1,700 faculty members and close collaboration with the health sciences programs at UNC-Chapel Hill, the School of Medicine provides its students with a comprehensive medical education. In addition to our new student-centered, patient-based curriculum, Translational Education at Carolina, the School of Medicine works collaboratively with several others schools at UNC, including:

  • The MD/PhD program for student interested pursuing academic medicine or biomedical research

Translational Education at Carolina

In August 2014, the UNC School of Medicine launched a new curriculum called Translational Education at Carolina for its incoming class.
This student-centered and patient-based approach provides a more individualized education for students, utilizing active learning techniques to integrate content and get students into the clinical environment earlier.

Advanced Practice Provider Training

  • The Advanced Practice Provider Center provides support, guidance and recognition to existing and emerging practices of advanced practice providers. The Center provides coordination and improved integration of advanced practice providers across the inpatient and ambulatory settings at UNC Medical Center and the surrounding community.
  • The UNC Physician Assistant Program prepares students for a variety of practice settings, especially in rural and urban medically underserved areas. The program emphasizes training and educational opportunities for non-traditional students, especially veterans who have served in medical military settings. The program is now accepting applications for its first class of students.

North Carolina Area Health Education Centers

North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) provide educational programs and services that bridge academic institutions and communities to improve the health of North Carolinians.

First established in 1974 when the North Carolina General Assembly approved a plan drafted by the UNC School of Medicine, NC AHEC comprises nine regions that span all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

NC AHEC offers training and recruitment programs for health science students and residents and offers support to practicing health care professionals through continuing education, information services and distance degree programs:

  • 60 percent of the core clinical rotations of the School of Medicine work through NC AHEC sites
  • 4,400 providers across the state are supported NC AHEC
  • 212,000 professionals took advantage of AHEC’s continuing education last year, making NC AHEC one of the largest providers of continuing education in the U.S.

Satellite Campuses in Charlotte and Asheville

  • UNC School of Medicine Asheville campus opened in July 2009 with the support of UNC School of Medicine, Mission Health and Mountain AHEC. The program trains students using a longitudinal, integrated curriculum, similar to the “Cambridge Model.” The Asheville community, with its robust primary care services and diverse specialty practice settings, provides an ideal setting for this type of curriculum.
  • The Charlotte Regional Campus operates in collaboration with Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Charlotte. The campus is located at Carolinas Medical Center, which has provided clinical education for third- and fourth-year UNC medical students for more than 40 years.

Pharmacy Residents

Pharmacy residents at UNC are taught by more than 50 active preceptors who embrace the work of clinical education. Residents also serve as educators, teaching in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy's Pharmaceutical Care Lab, providing specialty-specific pharmacy courses and mentoring students on rotations at UNC Hospitals.

Office of Graduate Medical Education

The Office of Graduate Medical Education provides support for all residents and subspecialty residents participating in graduate medical education at UNC Hospitals.