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The Department of Family Medicine offers several educational opportunities for medical students. The following is a list of School of Medicine courses related to and run by faculty in Family Medicine.

Faculty member and student present poster at STFM Conference
Faculty member Erik Butler, DO, and medical student Allie Herbert present their research poster at the 2020 STFM Conference on Medical Student Education in Portland, OR

Acting Internship (4th Year)

The best way to see our residency first hand is to do an acting internship (AI) with us. This will give you an opportunity to work closely with residents from all three years of training as well as various faculty members. During this month long rotation, you will work on both our Family Medicine Inpatient Service (FMIS) and our Maternal Child Health Service (MCH). You will also have an opportunity to spend a few half days in our outpatient clinic and attend our Wednesday morning conference series with our resident physicians. Read more here. 

Family Medicine Electives (FMME) (4th Year)

Read more about the various electives here.

Healer’s Art Course (1st and 2nd Year)

The Healer’s Art is an innovative discovery model course in values clarification and professionalism for first and second year medical students now offered annually at 60+ US medical schools as well as medical schools around the world. (To see a current list of schools offering the course, click here. )Designed in 1991 by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, the course offers a safe learning environment for a personal in-depth exploration of the time-honored values of service, healing relationship, reverence for life and compassionate care.

The Healer’s Art course at UNC is co-directed by Sue Slatkoff, MD and Dana Igelsias, MD. Students who would like to participate in the course may contact Kayla Thompson at