UPCOMING EVENTS

MED 40th Anniversary Gala
July 25, 2014 | Chapel Hill, NC

White Coat Ceremony
September 20, 2014 |Chapel Hill, NC
Look for our “Share Your Words of Wisdom” cards this summer and offer advice to a first year medical student.

Fall Medical Alumni Weekend
October 17-18, 2014  | Chapel Hill, NC
Mark your calendar!

Spring Medical Alumni Weekend
April 17-18, 2015  | Chapel Hill
Save the Date!  We will be celebrating our Spring Medical Alumni Weekend on April 17 and 18, 2015.  Reunion events will be planned for Classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005.  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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Get married, have a baby, move across the country, did 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.

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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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Contact Us
Medical Alumni Association
medalum@med.unc.edu
919.962.8891

The Loyalty Fund
emily_stevens@med.unc.edu 800.962.2543

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Obituaries:
UNC School of Medicine Alumni

Click here for a list of alumni who have passed since our last newsletter.

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Dear Fellow Alumni,

As spring turns to summer, we take this time to reflect on the past while planning for the future.

In April during Spring Alumni Weekend, we honored the Class of 1964 as they celebrated 50 years since graduation, and we had 11 milestone class reunions with a big showing from 1974!

In May we celebrated with the Class of 2014 as they received their hoods and diplomas.  In honor of their medical education, the Class of 2014 chose as their class gift to create The Class of 2014 Loyalty Fund Scholarship Endowment.  They are off to a great start and have raised $44,000 so far! 

Private support ensures the margin of excellence at the UNC School of Medicine. We are happy to welcome Ann Braun as President of the Medical Foundation of NC, Inc. and Associate Dean for Development of the UNC School of Medicine.  We look forward to working with Ann and her team to build on the 25-year tradition of our Loyalty Fund and of medical alumni giving back to UNC.

I see the impact of your giving every day through the work of our Loyalty Fund, Loyalty Fund Scholars, Distinguished Teaching Professors and our enriched student body.  Since 2009, the School’s state budget has been cut 40%.  Without your support, these cuts would greatly impact the education of our students.  The challenge is to keep our superb medical education affordable for our future physicians.  As alumni, it is our responsibility to pay it forward and our obligation to give back. 

The Class of 2014 inspires loyalty and action.  If you have already made your gift to the Loyalty Fund this academic year, you have my sincere thanks.  If not, I hope you will consider making a gift by our fiscal year-end on June 30th at giving.unc.edu/gift/maa.     

Thank you for your Loyalty.  Enjoy your summer.  See you next fall!

Go Heels!



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

 

Feature Story:
Time Well Spent - Spring Alumni Weekend

By Chelsey Dulaney

It’s been 35 years since Mack Harrell (M.D., ‘79) graduated from the UNC School of Medicine — and a decade since he’s been back to Chapel Hill.

On the weekend of April 11-12, Harrell and nearly 160 others gathered in Chapel Hill for Spring Medical Alumni Weekend. The alumni and their families celebrated class reunions — from 10 to 60-year — toured the School of Medicine facilities, honored notable alumni with Distinguished Medical Alumni Awards and looked back on their time as medical students.



Read the full article: Time Well Spent - Spring Alumni Weekend

 

Commencement
Congratulations to the Graduates

An estimated 1,400 family and friends gathered in Memorial Hall on Saturday, May 10 for the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2014, a wonderfully diverse and talented group of 164 people. The commencement speaker selected by the class was Dr. Georgette Dent, Associate Dean for Student Affairs. After the presentation of diplomas, hoods and alumni certificates, three of the graduates were commissioned as officers into the military.


Dr. Peter Beale, Dr. Kristsen Eron, Dr. Yuxuan Mao are commissioned into the Navy, Air Force, and Army National Guard, respectively

Read the full article: Congratulations to the Graduates

 

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Interviewing My Hero And UNC Commencement Speaker Dr. Atul Gawande

By Nancy Wang

It’s not often that you get the chance to interview your personal hero on the day you become a doctor, but yesterday, I got to do just that. Minutes after I graduated from UNC School of Medicine, I had the chance to speak with UNC commencement speaker Dr. Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande is a Harvard surgeon, best-selling author and has been named one of the world’s 100 most influential thinkers by TIME magazine. His acclaim comes from his ability to write about health care problems in a way that is easy to understand and powerful enough to effect change.

What you can’t read in his bio, however, is just how incredibly warm, approachable and tall he is. Though he had just spent two hours in 85-degree weather while giving a speech in his doctoral robes, he was the picture of cool, calm and collected when he introduced himself.

We started off by chatting about what we had in common. Like him, I had also gotten a Master in Public Health degree in addition to my Medical Degree, and I’m hoping to continue writing about medicine and health care during my career as a surgeon. I am also heading out to Stanford soon, his alma mater, for my residency training.

Dr. Gawande shaking hands with graduating medical student Justin Miller.
Credit Hannah Coletti, UNC medical student

Read the full article: Interviewing My Hero And UNC Commencement Speaker Dr. Atul Gawande

 

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Alumni Profile:
Kelly Bruno, MDA Real Survivor

By Chelsey Dulaney

Kelly Bruno (M.D., ‘13) has ran ultramarathons in Hawaii, starred on a reality TV show in Nicaragua, and spent hours standing in operating rooms  — all with one leg.

Since she was nine months old, the UNC School of Medicine alumna and anesthesiology resident at UNC Hospitals has had a prosthetic leg. Though her handicap has provided challenges in everyday life, today it only serves to fuel her determination.

Bruno is a competitive long-distance runner and former world record-holder, regularly participating in marathons, ultra-marathons, Ironman triathlons and more. She was a contestant on “Survivor” in 2010. She was the first amputee to be a ball girl at the U.S. Open.

Read the full article: Kelly Bruno, MDA Real Survivor

 

Braun named President of Medical Foundation of North Carolina and Associate Dean for Development at the UNC School of Medicine

Braun will lead 50 development professionals at the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, a charitable not-for-profit organization that raises private philanthropic funds to support the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Health Care.

Ann Braun, a development professional with extensive experience in both academic medicine and hospital fundraising, will become President of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina and Associate Dean for Development of the UNC School of Medicine on May 19, 2014. Braun will lead 50 development professionals at the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, a charitable not-for-profit organization that raises private philanthropic funds to support the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC Health Care. Braun’s most recent position was serving as President and Chief Development Officer of the Palomar Health Foundation, California’s largest hospital district, covering a 2,200-square-mile area in North San Diego County.

“Ann is an exceptional advancement professional with a broad base of medical fundraising experience,” said William L. Roper, MD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer for UNC Health Care and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine. “We are pleased to have her leading our dedicated team of fundraising professionals. “

Read the full article: Braun named President of Medical Foundation of North Carolina and Associate Dean for Development at the UNC School of Medicine


MED Program Turns 40


This summer, the UNC Medical Education Development (MED) program celebrates its 40th anniversary by welcoming 82 new MED participants on campus.  MED is a joint venture between the UNC Schools of Medicine and Dentistry that provides an intensive educational opportunity for competitive students from underrepresented populations to explore the medical, dental and allied health professions.

Since 1974, 2,960 students have attended the MED summer program. 88% of those students applied to medical school, dental school, or advanced degree programs. 90% gained admission, with 80% matriculating into medical or dental school, and the remainder entering other health profession schools. To date, nearly 600 of the MED participants have also received a medical degree from the UNC School of Medicine.

The Medical Education Development program was originally directed by Evelyn McCarthy until 1992 when the beloved Mr. Larry Keith became director.  It is currently directed by Cedric Bright, MD’90, Assistant Dean of Special Programs and Admissions and Associate Professor of Medicine.  As a graduate of both the MED program and of the UNC School of Medicine, Bright credits the program for “fostering his success in medical school” and for providing opportunities to “give back to others who share the same goal.”

Read the full article: MED Program Turns 40