The Office of Special Programs (OSP) is a division of the Office of Medical Education (OME) of the School of Medicine.

One of the core programs of OSP is the Medical Education Development (MED) program. The MED Program was established in 1974 to increase opportunities in the health professions for underrepresented minority (URM) and disadvantaged students. These students demonstrate educational promise and commitment to a health career but  have lacked the opportunity in the past in moving toward their professional goals.



First African-American student enrolls at the UNC School of Medicine.


First minority dental students enroll at the UNC School of Dentistry.


Medical Education Development (MED) Program is established.


The Lawrence Zollicoffer Lecture is established by members of the UNC chapter of the Student National Medical Association with the support of the dean of the School of Medicine.