Michael Baca-Atlas, MD
University of Maryland
Glad you've made it to UNC Family Medicine's page! I was born in Baltimore, MD at the same hospital where I later completed my clinical rotations. I spent my childhood in Allentown, PA and moved back to Maryland in high school. I stayed in the area and majored in biology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Go Terps! After graduation, I went straight to medical school at UMD School of Medicine in Baltimore, which was a great place to learn about urban, underserved healthcare.
By 4th year, I knew Family Medicine was a great fit! Fortunately, I was to able to do an AI (acting internship) at UNC, and I knew there was no other place I wanted to train as a family med doctor. The faculty, residents, and admin staff are all top notch and are highly invested in resident education. This department does SO many things well including research, education at the medical school, involvement in primary care across the state, and most importantly, training residents to be compassionate, knowledgeable physicians who serve patients individual needs and the greater community at large. Some of my personal interests include women's health, population based health, and behavioral health, which are all strongly represented here.
Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my amazing wife and getting lost in the triangle as we explore all that the area has to offer. I'll always be a Terp (sorry Tar Heels), but I seem to be accumulating UNC gear really quickly! My intern class is a fantastic, diverse group, and I am so excited to be here in Chapel Hill. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions specific to the program or family medicine or you just want to talk about Maryland crabcakes!