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UNC School of Medicine seeks to engage alumni through the Medical Alumni Office. We are also proud to offer a range of opportunities for alumni to support our education mission – both here in Chapel Hill as well as in their own communities.

This document has been prepared in response to recent conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion at UNC School of Medicine, arising from the School’s goal to engage more diverse alumni in our programs and mission support.

The following pages include some of the ways that alumni can engage with UNC School of Medicine today and support the education of future Tar Heel Doctors. It is our hope that this document will continue to evolve with your input. Opportunities are categorized as follows:



Student Support Opportunities


Carolina Connections

OSE2 (formerly OSP) is hosting weekly Zoom office hours. The third Tuesday of the month, the topic is a featured specialty.

An as alum, you can participate as the special guest sharing your experience in your specialty, answering student questions.

Contact Lisa Long to learn more.

Lisa Long, OSE2 Associate Director & Recruiter


Admissions Committee Liaison

Lisa Rahangdale, MD ‘00, Associate Dean for Admissions, invites medical alumni to volunteer to administer short-form interviews to prospective students.

Implicit Bias Training is required and provided. Attendance is expected for the full two-hour interview session. Interviews occur between Sept and Feb.

Contact Admissions Office to learn more about training and timing.

Lisa Rahangdale, MD ‘00, Associate Dean for Admissions


Help Our Students Travel (HOST) Program

UNC School of Medicine Student Government created this program with support from Medical Alumni Affairs to pair current students with alumni hosts nationally for assistance during residency interviews, personal and professional networking.

You can provide accommodations during MS4 residency interviews, along with additional networking support.

The MS4 Presidents will send an email allowing alumni to opt into the network. (Paused during the 2020 season)

Dillon Kimmel, Alumni Affairs Manager


Community Preceptors in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and OBGYN

Community-based NC primary care physician Preceptors play an important role in the clinical training and mentoring of our medical students.

Community Preceptors are needed for MS1 and MS2 Clinical Weeks for the (PCC) Patient Centered Care Course (two, one-week clinical rotations). They are also needed for the MS3 (CBLC) Community Based Longitudinal Care course (four months, two days/week with internal/family medicine preceptors and one day a week with pediatric preceptors). Preceptors for PCC Clinical Week and CBLC are given adjunct faculty appointments to the UNC SOM and receive access to the AHEC digital library (ADL). CBLC preceptors also receive payment for working with students.

Contact SOM to learn more.

PCC Clinical Week Preceptor Liaison, Gina Horne


Alumni Networking Opportunities


URM Physician Network

Members will receive relevant communications and updates regarding events and opportunities to engage with students, SOM and one another.

There will be an opt-in available online as well as specific email and mail messages sent to build the network.

Jeanine Simmons, Senior Executive Director of Development, Medical Education and Alumni


Medical Alumni Weekends & Milestone Reunions

Medical Alumni Affairs offers year-round programming to engage and connect alumni.

You are encouraged to participate in alumni meetings and engage with SOM leaders, students and fellow alumni.

MAA sends out email and mail notifications of upcoming events. Make sure your information on file with us is correct to keep informed.

Dillon Kimmel, Alumni Affairs Manager


Reunion Committee Volunteer

Each spring, MAA hosts milestone reunions for classes celebrating their 10+ year reunion in 5 year rotations.

As a reunion volunteer, you could help to reach out to peers, plan reunion events, and suggest ideas to enhance your reunion.

Ahead of your reunion, your class liaison will reach out to request volunteers. Please make sure we have a good email address for you.

Dillon Kimmel, Alumni Affairs Manager


Distinguished Medical Alumni Awards (DMAA)

Typically in the fall, SOM will solicit nominations from alumni to be considered for the DMAA, which traditionally are presented the following spring.

Nominate your peers who are leading the way in their fields.

MAA sends email notifications when nominations are open.

Dillon Kimmel, Alumni Affairs Manager


Departmental Alumni/Advisory Organizations

UNC Health departments may have specialty-specific alumni networks. See below for a listing.

Varies by department.


Jeanine Simmons, Senior Executive Director of Development, Medical Education and Alumni


UNC School of Medicine Department Alumni/Advisory Organizations

  • Cardiovascular Medicine Advisory Board
  • Pediatrics:  Denny UNC Pediatrics Alumni Society
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology:  Robert A. Ross Society Ross
  • Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery: Newton D. Fisher Society
  • Orthopaedics: Alumni and R. Beverly Raney Professorship Weekend
  • Surgery:  Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society
  • North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center Advisory Board
  • UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors
  • UNC Children’s Board of Visitors


Board Service


UNC Health Foundation Board of Directors

UNC Health Foundation, formerly the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, is the philanthropic arm of UNC SOM and UNC Health.

This is the advisory board for the Foundation, which is actively looking to better represent the people we serve. These are quarterly meetings.

Directors are nominated and voted upon by a nominating committee. If you are interested in serving, let us know.

Jeanine Simmons, Senior Executive Director of Development, Medical Education and Alumni


Medical Alumni Council (MAC)

The Medical Alumni Association (MAA) includes all SOM alumni, House staff, and faculty. Membership is automatic. The Council is the representative/ governing body for MAA.

Governing body for MAA. Members serve as ambassadors, advocates and champions for the UNC School of Medicine and advise the Medical Alumni Affairs office. Twice annual meetings.

Consists of 42 members drawing from districts aligned with the districts of the North Carolina Medical Society. Members are nominated for and voted upon by a MAC nominating committee.

Dillon Kimmel, Alumni Affairs Manager


Potential for a future Alumni Diversity Council is under consideration


Philanthropic Engagement Opportunities


National Loyalty Fund Committee

NLFC exists to ensure the success of the Loyalty Fund (SOM’s unrestricted fund to meet greatest needs) along with encouraging alumni giving to all medical education funds.

Members encourage the success of the Loyalty Fund through personal philanthropy and peer engagement. Twice annual meetings.

Members are nominated by current committee members and voted upon by the Executive Committee, and self-nominations are also welcome.

Jeanine Simmons, Senior Executive Director of Development, Medical Education and Alumni


Foust Leadership Society

Leadership Giving Society honoring Dr. Foust, who for decades led our philanthropic efforts.

Recognition Society

Giving within one year of $1,000 or more to the Loyalty Fund, Class Funds, Loyalty Fund Scholarships and medical education funds, including the MED Program, Zollicoffer and Larry Keith Scholarship funds.

Jeanine Simmons, Senior Executive Director of Development, Medical Education and Alumni


Body Donation Program

SOM body donations support our medical, dental and other health professional training programs.

You may make arrangements to donate your body to medical education.

Contact Tom Lawrence.

Tom Lawrence, Body Donation Program Director, Anatomy Lab Manager


Funds at UNC Health Foundation with a primary focus on DEI support:

  • The MED Program Fund – provides annual operating funds for the program. Gifts can be used as they are received.
  • The MED Endowment Fund – helps build sustainability by growing funds over time. OSEE receives a payout annually for operations.
  • The Larry Keith Loyalty Fund Scholarship – awarded annually to an outstanding student with input from OSEE.
  • Zollicoffer General Fund – provides annual operating funds for the lecture series.
  • The Lawrence Zollicoffer, MD ’62 Endowment – builds sustainability for the lecture series, with an annual payout for operations.
  • To be established: A fund that will provide unrestricted funding to Nate Thomas in the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New expendable funds may be created with a $25,000 commitment over 5 years ($5,000/year for 5 years). These funds can create new awards and funding opportunities for funding needs today.

New endowments may be created with a $50,000 commitment over 5 years ($10,000/year for 5 years). These funds will be invested and grow in perpetuity, paying out an annual award each year once endowed. Awards are typically 4-5% of the fund amount.

To learn more, please contact your Medical Education and Alumni Development Team at UNC Health Foundation:

Jeanine Simmons, Senior Executive Director of Development, Medical Education and Alumni