Dear Fellow Alumni,
Remember the anticipation of springtime in Chapel Hill while cheering on the Tar Heels? This is always a special time of year! We are slowly coming out of hibernation from the cold winter months and anxiously awaiting Match Day on March 21 to learn where all of our accomplished students will go for the next step of their medical education. The excitement and energy from our students permeates throughout the school and is contagious.
Spring Medical Alumni Weekend is quickly approaching on April 11-12. Our Medical Alumni Council will meet and hear a feature presentation on the Great Demographic Disruption by Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Population is a hot topic that we all face in health care across our state and nation. Please make your plans to come back to reconnect and reminisce with classmates as we celebrate our distinguished alumni and the Class of 1964. Register now!
Finally, we want to express our gratitude for your dedication, energy and vision: the contributions of work, wealth and wisdom so many of you have provided and continue to provide impact our medical students in immeasurable ways. Many of you volunteer for events and committees; others remain steadfast with your annual giving to our Loyalty Fund which sustains our valuable educational opportunities and programs; still others have created scholarship endowments for deserving medical students. Every single contribution truly makes a difference.
Thank you for your Loyalty.
Wesley C. "Butch" Fowler Jr., M.D. `66
Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs
He spent five decades ‘folding socks’
After 50 years, Dr. Jim Bryan is retiring from UNC. And no one can replace him.
The moral center of internal medicine at UNC. A fierce patient advocate. The greatest influencer of medical education in North Carolina.
When James Bryan II, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and social medicine, hears some of the sentiments colleagues and former students use to describe him, he laughs them off.
“Oh, don’t puff me up, please.”
According to Bryan, he has simply been practicing medicine for the last 50 years the only way he knows how: by focusing on his patients and making sure they receive the best care possible. It sounds simple, but in today’s ever-evolving medical landscape, where beeping technology can trump listening, and specialists see patients more than generalists do, practicing medicine in this manner is a complicated feat.
Read the full article: Feature Story: He spent five decades ‘folding socks’
Class of 2014 to Endow Loyalty Fund Scholarship:
By Chelsey Dulaney
Last fall, Eli Tate, a fourth year student at the UNC School of Medicine, had an idea.
Instead of the usual class gift — a bench, a tree, a donation to a local organization — he wanted the class of 2014 to do something different, something that would give back to the school that has given them so much.
So he suggested something that’s never been done before: that the class endow a loyalty fund scholarship — a $200,000 commitment — over a 10-year period.
The response to the idea was enthusiastic and was approved strongly in a class vote.
Read the full article: The Gift: Class of 2014 to Endow Scholarship:
Hanvey helps communities and families in need
First-year medical student Blaire Hanvey was recently honored with the June C. Allcott Fellowship in Medicine and the Zollicoffer-Cross Community Health Fellowship.
by Zach Read
Blaire Hanvey never thought about becoming a doctor. After graduating from Carolina and working in the Alamance County school system, she assumed she’d spend her career educating children – and she would have loved that.
“Honestly, when I jumped into the classroom I thought I would be there forever,” says Hanvey, a first-year medical student at Carolina. “I thought I would retire a teacher.”
Then, during her second year teaching kindergarten, her principal came to her with a project to lead. Hanvey was asked to start a committee that would focus on academic interventions for students who were struggling in the classroom but who hadn’t yet qualified for special education.
Read the full article: Student Profile: Hanvey helps communities and families in need
June C. Allcott Fellowship
By Chelsey Dulaney
June C. Allcott was not a doctor. She was not a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine. She wasn’t even directly involved in the health sciences field.
But every year, a fellowship in her name is awarded to a student in the UNC School of Medicine.
Allcott was a guidance counselor at UNC for about 25 years, where she helped students find professions in the health sciences.
Her passion was helping nurture and support people’s ideas and plans, and her focus on health sciences came from the career of her son, John Allcott — a doctor who graduated from the UNC School of Medicine in 1971.
Read the full article: June C. Allcott Fellowship
Student Research Day
The 46th annual Medical Student Research Day hosted by the John B Graham Medical Student Research Society is a day to showcase medical student research that goes on all throughout the university. This year over 100 students presented their research to their peers, faculty, staff and the public throughout the day. At the end of the day, judges presented several students with awards.
Community Service Day/Zollicoffer Lecture
On February 20-21, the UNC School of Medicine held programs in which they recognized the medical students’ community and international service as well as commemorated over 50 years of minority presence at the school. Oral and poster presentations highlighting the outstanding contributions in community service were held on February 20. On February 21 we heard about “Health Disparities Among North Carolina’s American Indian Population” presented by Dr. Ronny A. Bell. All events were celebrated with a banquet