Zollicoffer/Merrimon Lecture and Dinner: February 21, 2014 Chapel Hill
Spring Medical Alumni Weekend: April 11-12, 2014
Save the Date! We will be celebrating our Spring Medical Alumni Weekend on April 11 and 12, 2014. Reunion events will be planned for Classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004. We will also celebrate some of our distinguished alumni and faculty, who have contributed to UNC Medicine over the years. We look forward to seeing you in the spring!
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Dear Fellow Alumni,
As we enter into this holiday season, I offer my thanks to you – our alumni – for your support. Your investment in the UNC School of Medicine today impacts our medical students as they become the physicians of tomorrow.
The latest edition of the UNC Medical Alumni Association eNewsletter is filled with stories about our students as well as information about the School of Medicine and how it has challenged itself to create the best possible medical education for the doctors of the 21st century. As fellow alumni, we can all do our part to help this great institution meet these challenges.
The Loyalty Fund is celebrating 25 years of unsurpassed loyalty and continues to be our foundation for the future. Please keep the Loyalty Fund in mind as you finalize your charitable gifts for the calendar year. Of course, if you have already made your gift this year, THANK YOU!
Please also accept my thanks for all you do, to advance medicine, deliver care and proudly represent the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. I wish you and your family a safe and joyful holiday season!
With best wishes,
Wesley C. "Butch" Fowler Jr., M.D. `66
Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs
To receive tax credit for 2013, your gift by mail must be postmarked by Tuesday, December 31st or made online before midnight: giving.unc.edu/gift/maa.
Translational Education at Carolina (TEC) Curriculum
Starting next year, students entering the UNC School of Medicine will leave better prepared to take on today’s increasingly complex healthcare industry.
After a three-year planning effort, medical students who enter in the fall of 2014 will study under a new curriculum – the school’s first curriculum change in nearly a decade.
The new curriculum will give students more opportunity to individualize their studies early on, allowing for specialization before they apply to residency programs. Students will have more flexibility, elective opportunities, professional development and instruction on working with populations. Updating the curriculum was identified as the top education priority in the school’s strategic planning process, which began in 2010.
Read the full article: Feature Story: Translational Education at Carolina (TEC) Curriculum
At the first meeting, back in 2009, only four people showed up. At the second, there were six.
Today, the UNC School of Medicine’s only a cappella group -- the MedUNCedoos -- has about 18 members and a schedule of regular performances: holiday parties, alumni banquets, medical school events.
The group was started by medical students Perry Tsai and Brittany Johnson.
While an undergraduate at Harvard University, Tsai sang in the a cappella group LowKeys. After that, he sang in a Boston-based a cappella group called Redline. Johnson had traditional choral experience.
In 2009, the two joined together, and the MedUNCedoos was born.
“I love singing. I love hanging out with these people,” said Tsai, who’s completing a dual microbiology Ph.D. and M.D. “It’s a great way to keep up this musical side of my life.”
Read the full article: Student Program: MedUNCedoos
Student Medical Alumni Association
When Dr. Wesley Fowler accepted the position as UNC’s associate dean for medical alumni affairs last year, his first order of business was meeting with students.
Out of those initial meetings came the Student Medical Alumni Association – launched in January to involve current UNC School of Medicine students in the 60-year-old alumni organization.
By giving students a chance to join the Medical Alumni Association early on, Fowler said he hopes to cultivate pride in the institution that will last throughout students’ lives.
“The ultimate goal is to get students in the habit of giving back to a place that has determined their future,” Fowler said. “If we can create pride in something, that’s the whole purpose of this.”
Read the full article: Student Medical Alumni Association
White Coat Connection
White Coat Ceremony
“Share your emotional energy with your patients, even when you’re tired. They need it more than you do. Don’t drag them down with a negative attitude. Lift them up with a positive one.”
Those are a just a few of the words Dr. Jim Hundley, Sr., Class of 1967, wrote to a first year student in the UNC School of Medicine in September. The student received Hundley’s advice during the annual White Coat Ceremony – an event that celebrates first year students’ transition into medical school.
“The students have spent a lot of their lives preparing to be admitted to medical school. You spend all this time competing with your fellow students to be admitted,” said Hundley, a retired orthopedic surgeon who lives in Wilmington. “The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes the coming together of the group. It's a nice way to wake up and say, ‘I'm here with my fellow students and we’re all going to learn all we can.”
“It’s a very awe inspiring experience for these students,” he said.
For the past two years, the School of Medicine has worked to involve alumni in the annual event, asking them to “sponsor” a newly-minted student by sending in a donation and their words of wisdom.
About 40 medical alumni participated in this year’s ceremony, raising $6,050 – up from 23 alumni and $3,000 raised the previous year.
Hundley, who has participated both years, sees it as a chance to connect with current medical students.
“I was delighted to do it, and then the gratification is I've gotten emails and thank you notes from students,” he said. “Now I have a connection to at least two classes of medical students.”
Over the last few months, the Medical Alumni office has made some changes in how we connect with our alumni. We understand that you all are increasingly busy, mobile and connected. You may have noticed us posting pictures from School of Medicine events on Facebook, or tweeting stories about our students and alumni. You can even find us on Linkedin. Though you’ll still receive emails and mail from us like before, we hope these new efforts will help better connect you with news and events at the School of Medicine. So reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter, or join our Linkedin group. We can’t wait to hear from you.
Fall Medical Alumni Weekend, November 8-9, 2013
Alumni joined us in Chapel Hill for a weekend of fun and football during Homecoming weekend, and saw the Tar Heels face off against the University of Virginia. The weekend started on Friday with a tour of the North Carolina Eye Bank Surgical Training Lab, followed by the semi-annual Medical Alumni Council meeting and our banquet, celebrating Loyalty Fund Associates and recognizing Loyalty Fund Scholars. The council meeting and banquet were informative and provided a fantastic opportunity for alumni to meet some of our outstanding scholars.
On Saturday, we gathered at the Bell Tower for a tailgate party before the game. Food, music and lots of Tar Heel Flair were enjoyed by all!