Every day at the UNC School of Medicine, we aspire to produce the doctors that North Carolina needs in a manner that is efficient and individualized. Alumni support is paramount to our successfully preparing the physicians of the future with our world-class faculty, cutting edge research and a commitment to compassionate patient care.

As the 183 graduating members of the Class of 2015 begin their next phase of training and we get ready to welcome the Class of 2019, I’m pleased to share a few highlights from this past academic year and points of great pride for the Class of 2015:

  • 98% matched into 26 different residency specialties in 31 states and the District of Columbia; 33% will remain in North Carolina
  • 95% participated in community or global service
  • 79% conducted research while in medical school; many published and presented their findings at national and international professional meetings
  • 57% matched into a specialty traditionally considered a primary care
  • 22% earned an additional degree, including MPH, PhD and MBA

As we work to educate our students and train our residents to serve the health of our population in an ever changing health care environment, we also admire the interesting and unusual activities our wonderful diverse and talented students have found the time to take part in outside of their studies:

  • One student was the “mastermind” of a grassroots campaign to gain support from all five of the state’s medical schools for CCNC, the program for managing the care of more than 1.4 million of North Carolina’s low-income, disabled and pregnant patients, young and old
  • Two students co-founded a free chronic care clinic for patients with diabetes and hypertension, utilizing the structure and support of SHAC
  • Alumni loyalty has helped to inspire a culture of student philanthropy. The Classes of 2014, 2015 and 2017 have each launched multi-year scholarship endowment campaigns to enrich the experiences for future physicians at the UNC School of Medicine.

This year, with the Class of 2018, we implemented our new student-centered curriculum called Translational Education at Carolina (TEC). TEC uses technology to modernize content and delivery to provide all students with more longitudinal exposure to patients and faculty for the purposes of promoting the development of leadership skills, professionalism and service to others. TEC emphasizes individualization such that students will now have more opportunity for senior experiences that prepare them for residency.

Our institution and its people have achieved far too many accomplishments for me to fully list here, but I would like to mention a few honors:

  • Three of our teaching faculty were nominated by the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators to receive Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Distinguished Teaching Professorships: Kevin Biese, MD’02, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Residency Program Director; Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Residency Program Director; Anthony Viera, MD, MPH‘06, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Director of the UNC MD/MPH Program.
  • Dr. Paul Chelminski, MD‘95, MPH’03, FACP, was named the director for the UNC Physician’s Assistant Program in our Department of Allied Health Sciences. Paul will lead the program through accreditation, developing its curriculum, recruiting faculty, and admitting its first students. The UNC PA program is another example of how the UNC School of Medicine is committed to the health care and workforce needs of North Carolinians.

The State of our medical school is strong; the influence and impact of our alumni, faculty and students are felt across our state, the nation and world.

  • UNC School of Medicine ranks 13th in the nation in NIH funding (8th among Publics) and also ranked 9th in the Nation for NIH research funding per faculty member
  • 2016 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Medical School Rankings: UNC School of Medicine is ranked 2nd for Primary Care and 22nd for Research. Family Medicine, Rural Medicine and AIDS were all listed as top ten specialties
  • UNC School of Medicine ranks 4th in the Nation among traditional medical schools for current number of African American students enrolled

As you can see, your investment to the UNC School of Medicine yields a very high return. Your annual gifts to the Loyalty Fund fuel medical education through student and faculty enrichment.

Thank you for your loyalty.


Julie S. Byerley, MD, MPH

Vice Dean for Education, UNC School of Medicine

Vice Chair for Education, Pediatrics