Student-Led Initiatives

UNC Advocates for MD-PhD Women in Science (UNC AMPWIS)

UNC AMPWIS was founded in 2013 by Kate Hacker and Audrey Verde to promote the success, recognition, and excellence of women in academic medicine and medical research.  Our objectives are to:

1) Educate members about the challenges women face in academic medicine/research and facilitating discussions within our community about these inequalities.

2) Increase mentoring between MD/PhD students at UNC and women physician-scientists in the triangle community.

3) Prepare members for successful careers in academic medicine through career development workshops and lectures.

4) Facilitate recruiting more women into the MD/PhD program.

5) Perform outreach to encourage more young women to pursue dual degree careers.

UNC-Duke MD-PhD Collaboration

A Kenan-Biddle partnership initiated by Chris Dibble and Patrick Taus of the UNC MD-PhD, and Melodi Whitley and Matthew Kan of Duke MD-PhD in 2013. This grant supported joint lectures hosted at each school, outreach to UNC and Duke undergraduates informing them about the MD-PhD career path, and a joint research symposium with a Keynote Address from Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert Lefkowitz.

This collaboration has persisted through a 2015 Kenan-Biddle Partnership of UNC and Duke AMPWIS leaders Audrey Verde, Kate Hacker, Melodi Whitley, and Amy Wisdom. This grant will support monthly meetings of the two AMPWIS groups including article discussions, mentor panels, undergraduate mentoring, career development workshops, and book clubs. Further, this funding will support the second annual Southeast Symposium for MD-PhD Women in Science to be hosted at Duke this year.


Stage IV: Actin Out, UNC SoM's Drama Club

Stage IV: Actin Out was founded in 2011 by Chris Giardina and Patrick Lang.

The purpose of our organization is to:

  1. Provide an avenue of creative expression for the members of the School of Medicine.
  2. Offer cathartic release to otherwise high-strung and overworked medical students.
  3. Put on regular theatrical performances within the context of the School of Medicine for an intended audience of the students, faculty, and staff in the School of Medicine and Graduate Schools, the family and friends of those medical/graduate students, and any other interested members within UNC and the surrounding community.
  4. Instill in the members a greater appreciation for art, drama, and theatre.


MedUNCedoos, UNC SoM a capella

The MedUNCedoos were founded by Perry Tsai and Brittany Johnson in fall 2009. Since our first rehearsal with just four people, the MedUNCedoos have grown to 15-20 members! We rehearse once a week for two hours (usually Thursday evenings), and we perform about 10 times a year, including banquets, parties, cadaver memorial service, skit night, as well as in the hospital and on campus. 


IRIS: UNC School of Medicine Art and Literary Journal

Lee Hong started the online version of IRIS in 2012. Iris is an online literary and arts journal designed by medical students to encourage and celebrate the humanities in medicine. Submissions are open to UNC SOM faculty, staff, and students. 


UNC MSTP Newsletter

Pioneered by Andrew Morgan & Christian Parobek in 2011.  Izzy Brassfield and Anna Kahkoska will continue the tradition in 2014.