Amy Weil, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine
Co-Director Beacon Child and Family Program
5039 Old Clinic Building
Campus Box 7110
B.A.: Yale College, CT (History and Psychology)
MD: University of Rochester School of Medicine, NY
Residency: Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency, CT
General Internal Medicine
Primary Care Psychiatry
Humanities in Medicine
Amy's background in her own words
I was raised in New York City and spent quite a bit of time riding the subway to high school. After being commingled with people from such different walks of life I spent a lot of time wondering what their lives were like and what would make my own life meaningful. If you’d asked me during those years, medical school wasn’t even on my radar screen (philosophy and law were), yet now my choice is completely resonant with what I want from a career that is really so much more than a job. I attended Yale for college and residency, and the biopsychosocial University of Rochester for medical school. My undergraduate background is in the humanities (History and Psychology majors) and I worked for 4 years in a variety of jobs and took premed classes after college before attending medical school. Though it did not come to pass, my motivation for attending medical school was to become a psychiatrist! I considered several other specialties quite intensely before becoming a General Internal Medicine doctor.
As a (relatively) young woman, I remember training well, yet I am removed enough to have found my way navigating through choosing a discipline and a residency, finding a partner, deciding on and beginning a family and balancing these elements. I am a member of a multicultural 2 career family (I am Jewish and my husband is a Sri Lankan scientist raised in the Buddhist tradition). Since 2001 I have been working 75% time in an attempt to have more time to spend with our 6 and 9 year old sons. I have now increased my hours to full time in order to become an Advisor. I have also trained and worked in Sri Lanka, first on a self created rotation in residency and then as a Senior US Fulbright Scholar during 2006. Between my Chief Resident year and beginning on faculty at UNC in 1999 I lived with an indigenous family in Costa Rica for 3 weeks, participating in a Spanish language immersion program. All of these experiences have really enriched me and opened my eyes to my own and others’ cultures in ways I never could have predicted. I have very much enjoyed teaching First Year Medical Student courses – Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Medicine and Society and the Healer’s Art and caring for my own patients and teaching the medical residents, all areas where my experiences are quite relevant. This is our 10th year in Chapel Hill.
My interest in gender based health issues is longstanding and I integrate this into patient care, teaching, administration (Co-Director of the Beacon Child and Family Program), advocacy (Founding Board Member of Kiran – a community based resource for South Asian Survivors of Domestic Violence) and advising where appropriate.
I have often served as an ear for friends and colleagues mulling over difficult decisions and/or personal problems. Since college I have had experience as a counselor for survivors of sexual assault and for patients suffering with psychiatric illnesses. I also love to spend time with my family and friends, travel, read and write, swim, hike, watch birds, cook and do yoga. Just as in patient care and teaching I find that a collaborative, non-threatening environment can help put students at ease and I try to create this when we meet. I see advising students as a natural extension of my roles as clinician, teacher and parent and have enjoyed it a lot so far. Issues surrounding work/life balance continue to interest me personally and professionally and helping others navigate these is something I enjoy. I look forward to working with you on this new adventure!