Education & Training

Social Medicine’s faculty is deeply involved in the education of medical students. Core faculty members generally teach in two or more of the following courses each year administered by the department (in cooperation with the Office of Medical Education):

  • Medicine & Society
    1st-year medical students: Weekly seminars throughout year, taught by multidisciplinary faculty, comprising an integrated sequence of topics over 28 sessions.
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Seminars
    2nd-year medical students: Weekly seminars spanning one semester (13 sessions), in a topic/discipline chosen from a range of offerings, culminating in scholarly projects/presentations.
  • Social Medicine Electives
    Mentored projects in scholarship/research, fieldwork, or advocacy, generally in summer between 1st and 2nd years or during 4th year of medical school.

Social Medicine faculty members also teach and consult regularly in other medical school courses on social dimensions of preclinical or clinical topics. They serve as panelists in case discussions, and as content or disciplinary specialists—for example, in the Systems-Based Practice portion of the Ambulatory Care Selective (MS4), the Sciences of Medicine Selective (MS4), and the Capstone course (MS4). This work is a major contribution to UNC School of Medicine’s national reputation for exemplary curriculum in humanities & social sciences.

Preventive Medicine Residency

This residency has its departmental home in Social Medicine.  It consists of two years of course work leading to an MPH degree or its equivalent and a supervised series of experiences in preventive medicine and public health.

Clinical Ethics Teaching

Social Medicine and Center for Bioethics faculty members also teach medical students and residents about clinical ethics in the context of patient care at UNC Hospitals.

Additionally, several Social Medicine faculty members contribute to training/education in other residency curricula or clinical services. Some faculty members teach graduate students in the School of Public Health, and other Health Affairs schools, or graduate or undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences, and even School of Law students (all in uniquely close proximity to the School of Medicine at UNC). Many faculty members participate in UNC faculty development and CME teaching, through grand rounds presentations, hosting of topical conferences and seminar series, and conducting of workshops through the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators. And many faculty members are active in educational and training projects across North Carolina, particularly through NC AHEC events, as well as in national and international contexts—in communities of clinicians, of biomedical researchers, and of the many academic disciplines engaged by our interdisciplinary Department.