Another academic year has come to a close and on May 11, the Hippocratic Oath was administered to 154 newly-minted medical doctors in Memorial Hall. This also marks the end of my first year as your Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs, and I am so proud to be representing you all as alumni.
Thanks to our support, a great number of our graduating medical students are able to follow their hearts into various specialties, and carry a debt burden far lower than their peers at other medical schools. In this issue of your Medical Alumni eNewsletter, we include further information on how Match Day went for the Class of 2013.
Our medical students today are also benefiting from a new Advisory College system implemented in 2008 to aid them in their advisement, wellness and academic and professional growth. Because this is a new model for fostering community amongst our students, we thought you as alumni would enjoy reading about it as well.
The end of the academic year also means the end of the fiscal year is upon us. For those of you who have supported the Loyalty Fund in this 2012-13 year, you have my thanks. If you have not yet made a gift this year, I encourage you do so. We aim to hit $1 million in Loyalty Fund giving this year for the first time, and we won’t get there without your help. Please consider making your gift by Thursday June 27 to be counted in this fiscal year by going online to: giving.unc.edu/gift/maa
My thanks to you all for proudly flying the Carolina flag in your communities. Enjoy your summer, and I hope to see you in Chapel Hill soon.
Wesley C. "Butch" Fowler Jr., M.D. `66
Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs
Congratulations to the 2013 School of Medicine Graduates
The Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 was held on Saturday, May 11, in Memorial Hall. Many students graduated with dual degrees and earned a variety of awards and honors. The Commencement speaker, chosen by the class, was Dr. Bonzo K. Reddick. After the presentation of diplomas, hoods and alumni certificates, four of the graduates were commissioned as officers into the military.
The Larry Keith Advisory College Program
The Advisory Colleges Program is an advising, career and professional development program established in 2008 at the UNC School of Medicine. The program was developed in order to create an organized and structured system of advising whereby students benefit from the ongoing support and wisdom of experienced faculty, educators and role models of professionalism at our institution.
One goal of this program is to foster a relationship between each student and a faculty member where students receive guidance and counseling in order to be successful in their endeavor to create their own physician identity.
Another important goal is building community within the medical school. Upon entry into the SOM, each student is assigned a college advisor. It is important to note that this assignment is random by design. It is not the intent to pair a student with a faculty member in a particular specialty area. All Advisors are trained to be specialty neutral.
Read the full article: The Larry Keith Advisory College Program
148 UNC medical students successfully match
On March 15, the graduating class of UNC medical students found out where they will begin their next adventure in medicine. Fifty-three will stay in North Carolina, including 31 right here in Chapel Hill! Internal Medicine was the most popular specialty for the Class of 2013, followed closely by Family Medicine, OB/GYN and Emergency Medicine.
For more details and an interactive map showing where members of the Class of 2013 have landed, click here: http://news.unchealthcare.org/som-vital-signs/2013/march21/match2013#.UZu_kso7YWQ
Spring Medical Alumni Weekend
More than 150 alumni turned out for the annual Spring Medical Alumni Weekend April 19-20 in Chapel Hill. At the banquet on Friday evening, a number of alumni and faculty were honored. Recipients of the Distinguised Medical Alumni Award were Stanley C. Jordan, MD `73, James N. Martin, Jr., MD `73, and Vaughn A. Starnes, MD `77. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Richard Krasno, Ph.D and the Distinguished Faculty Award was presented to William W. McLendon, MD `56.
Other weekend activities included a golf tournament, the Tar Heel 10-Miler race, a UNC baseball game and class reunion events on Saturday evening for class years ending in a “3” or an “8.”
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