Spring Medical Alumni Weekend: April 19-20, 2013
Save the date! We will be celebrating our Spring Medical Alumni Weekend on April 19th and 20th, 2013. Reunion events are planned for classes with graduation years ending in a -3 or -8. We will also be celebrating some of our distinguished alumni and faculty, as well as others who have contributed to UNC Medicine over the years. We look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Click here for more details and to register for Spring Medical Alumni Weekend 2013

Alumni Socials: Spring 2013
These casual socials give alumni a chance to meet and reconnect with fellow UNC School of Medicine alumni and families in a relaxed, fun setting.

March 20th, 2013 – Charlotte alumni Casual Mix & Mingle.

Alumni & Friends Receptions
Join area alumni and supporters of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals for an inside look at medicine at UNC with Dean Bill Roper and a featured faculty speaker.

April 11th, 2013 — Fayetteville Alumni & Friends Reception, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, NC

May 7th, 2013 Triad Alumni & Friends Reception, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, NC


Share Your News
Get married, have a baby, move across the country, done medical missions abroad? We want to hear from you, our alumni — and so do your fellow alums! Email your life update/story to us at medalum@med.unc.edu.


Stay Connected
Please contact the Medical Alumni Association to update your name, address, phone, or email changes — medalum@med.unc.edu or 919.962.8891. Stay connected to UNC School of Medicine news and events.


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Dear Alumni,

The new year began, winter's chill gripped us, but spring is imminent here in Chapel Hill. After a rocky start to the season, our men's basketball team is finally showing some promise and such a young roster means good things for the future.

This latest UNC Medical Alumni Association eNewsletter brings news of some wonderful activities at our School of Medicine. Several annual events recently took place highlighting the strong presence of the UNC School of Medicine in its local and academic communities: Student Research Day, Community Service Day and the Zollicoffer-Merrimon Lecture and Banquet. Additionally, we include some news from students on the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), which recently celebrated its 45th anniversary.

Also, please don't forget to make plans to join us in Chapel Hill for Spring Medical Alumni Weekend April 19th-20th. The classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003 will celebrate their milestone reunions, and I encourage you all to participate in the weekend, whether celebrating a reunion or not. On Friday, April 19th at 3:30pm, join us at the Medical Alumni Council meeting for a what promises to be an engaging discussion on "The Future of Health Care in America: Where Have All of the Providers Gone?" This topic will be led by Dr. George Sheldon, the Zack D. Owens Professor of Surgery at UNC. All alumni are welcome and encouraged to participate in Medical Alumni Council meetings.

As always, my thanks to those of you who demonstrate your support of our School of Medicine by giving to the Loyalty Fund. We aim to raise $1,000,000 for the very first time this year and won't get there without your help. Our medical students, despite rising tuition costs, graduate with one of the lowest debt levels in the country among leading medical schools, and we'd like to keep it that way. If you have not yet made your gift in this 2012-13 fiscal year, I encourage you to do so. You may do so online at: giving.unc.edu/gift/maa

I hope this eNewsletter finds you and your loved ones in good health. Look us up the next time you're on campus.

With best wishes,

Wesley C. "Butch" Fowler Jr., M.D. `66
Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs

Feature Story:
Not Enough Docs – The Coming Physician Shortage

Late last year, we heard a radio story about a critical shortage of physicians in the state of Idaho, and why it's a problem that will be difficult to solve. Idaho is not alone. Over the past several years, many studies performed at both state and national levels have projected a crippling future shortage of physicians in the United States. As North Carolina faces a statewide shortage within the next twenty years, the UNC School of Medicine's mission to improve the health of North Carolinians and others served remains focused on excellence, value and inspiration.

Read the full article: Not Enough Docs – The Coming Physician Shortage

Student Program – Your Dollars in Action
SHAC – Forty-Five Years and Counting

The Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) just celebrated its 45th birthday and is the longest-running student-operated health clinic in the nation! We are proud to be one of the few sources of free health care in Orange County and in surrounding communities. In the first ten months (January to October) of 2012, SHAC volunteers made some tremendous contributions to the community. At SHAC's weekly free health clinic, 633 unique volunteers from 10 different schools provided medical and dental services valued at nearly $200,000. Student volunteers treated 489 unique patients in 550 total encounters across over 1,500 shifts!

Read the full article: SHAC – Forty-Five Years and Counting by Thomas Tran and Eddie Alcore


Event Recap:

Student Research Day
Thursday, January 17th, 2013

The 45th Annual Student Research Day was held Thursday, January 17th, 2013. Medical student research poster and oral presentations were given in the UNC Hospitals lobby and adjoining conference halls and the Landes-Merrimon lecture was held in the Old Clinic Auditorium. This event was sponsored by the John B. Graham Medical Student Research Society.





Community Service Day
Thursday, February 14th, 2013

On February 14th, the Eugene S. Mayer Honor Society for Community Service held its annual induction ceremony and poster presentations.

The Zollicoffer-Merrimon Lecture and Banquet
Friday, February 15th, 2013

On Friday, February 15th, 2013, the 33rd annual Zollicoffer-Merrimon Lecture featured Dr. Brenda Armstrong, Associate Dean, Medical Education and Director of Admissions at Duke University School of Medicine and her presentation focused on diversity in the health care workforce and the challenges of mentorship and disparities in medical education.

That evening, the 33rd Annual Zollicoffer-Merrimon and Community Service Day Banquet celebrated the legacy of Lawrence Zollicoffer, M.D. `64 and honored both the Zollicoffer lecturer, Dr. Brenda Armstrong and the Community Service Honor Society inductees.