We welcome your interest in the University of North Carolina Combined Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics! Our philosophy of training residents in the disciplines of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics is rooted in the history of the program. In 1967, a UNC resident petitioned the boards of internal medicine and pediatrics to support training and board eligibility in both internal medicine and pediatrics. The boards recognized this concept, and since this time UNC has integrated the training of residents across both disciplines. As one of the oldest combined programs, we have graduates who finished their residencies in the mid-1970s.
Since our program's inception, we have strongly supported the philosophy that residents in combined training are most successful when fully integrated into each department. Internal Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) residents are given the same supervision, responsibilities and opportunities as their colleagues in the categorical medicine and pediatric residency training programs. With these opportunities, we have found that Med-Peds residents have thrived, successfully becoming the composite of what is best in both disciplines.
We recognize that combined training is a rigorous but unique opportunity. Though fully integrated into each of the departments, the residents also have a unique identity. The Med-Peds identity is supported with Med-Peds trained faculty, conferences/Grand Rounds and combined clinical rotations and continuity clinic experiences.
We believe our Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Training Program is one of the finest. Our residents are exposed to a wide variety of clinical experiences and emerge from residency well prepared for either primary care clinical practice or further sub-specialty training. We emphasize a scholarly, evidenced-based approach to medicine that provides skills in training and lifelong learning. If you are interested in a well-established academic program in a friendly environment, we hope that you will consider the Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at the University of North Carolina.
|Richard M. Wardrop, MD, PhD
Director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
"UNC is an amazing place to be as a new intern! I have had such a positive experience during my first several months of intern year. I unfortunately lost my grandmother very early into this year and was able to see first hand the spirit of UNC. I felt nothing but kindness and support from the chiefs, co-residents, program directors and staff. It's encouraging to know that as challenging times happen during such a busy period of your life you have a great team behind you to help through it all. There's a true feeling of family here which is why UNC is so great to me!"
- Leslie Thomas, PGY-3
"UNC is the combination of everything I was looking for in a residency program: an amazing learning environment with groundbreaking research, phenomenal mentors and teachers, and kind-hearted, caring people throughout then entire UNC Healthcare system. And for me, the greatest part about UNC is the people I work with on a daily basis. This was something I felt from the the day I interviewed here for Medical School and lasted throughout my undergraduate medical training at UNC SOM and is a large part of what kept me around for residency. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else."
- Kenton Dover, PGY-3
"Being a doctor is an incredible privilege, but also a tremendous responsibility, which in the fast pace of residency can feel scary at times. One of the best things about UNC that makes it such a stellar place to train is that the people are so incredibly supportive and someone ALWAYS has your back. People here know me on a personal level and go out of their way to make me feel supported. For example, my Med-Peds "big buddy" left me my favorite drink in the fridge in the workroom and texted me at the start of my shift to tell me that I was going to do a great job.
We take care of each other so that we can all focus on taking care of our patients. I heart UNC Med-Peds!"
- April Edwards, PGY-4
"UNC provides a special environment where top notch medical care is put to work for the people of North Carolina. There is a sense of community in these hospitals unlike almost anywhere else, with both a mission to serve our patients, and also to work well with one another. The environment is friendly and challenges every member of the staff to work to the best of his or her ability. This setting makes residency here the best combination of challenging and rewarding. I can not imagine myself working anywhere else."
-Steven Hochman, PGY-1