It is the mission of the School of Medicine to train competent and caring physicians for the state of North Carolina. The school also understands that the process of becoming a physician is a life-long pursuit forged through experience and continued education. Therefore, the training of a medical student does not end after 4 years of formal education. The purpose of the medical school curriculum should be to educate students in the biology, evaluation, and management of those under their care as a foundation on which to build the social, communal, and political understandings that make a complete physician. Our curriculum must also provide the student with an understanding of informatics and the motivation for ceaseless self-development, so that our future physicians can enrich this basic knowledge throughout their careers and provide service to our patients and to society.