Here at UNC Family Medicine, we train full scope family practice physicians. Our Department provides both comprehensive inpatient and outpatient training, including training in maternal health, behavioral health, practice management and geriatrics. We also build time into the schedule so that residents can explore electives, and tailor the program to their unique path. Explore our program components below.
The department also runs a maternal and child health (MCH) service for the patients of our continuity practices as well as those who seek their prenatal care at partnering community practices/health departments. The MCH service also provides physician backup to a freestanding birthing center staffed by midwives. Emphasis is on longitudinal care of both the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy and after birth.
During their Maternal/Child Health rotations on this service, residents work with Family Medicine faculty to develop skills in continuity and family-oriented obstetrics, outpatient gynecology, neonatology, developmental pediatrics, and adolescent care. One of the most rewarding experiences of this rotation is the care of the family unit, from the prenatal visits to the newborn weight checks. Continuity is built into the curriculum at multiple levels. Initially, each mother is assigned an MCH team, comprised of 3-4 residents, based on her due date and when those residents are on service. This ensures patients have met their provider prior to delivery. Following delivery, the mom-baby diad follow up with a member of their MCH team in clinic. Residents work one-on-one with attendings in an apprenticeship model of care.
We are thrilled to announce that in August of 2017, the Family Medicine Center has been awarded the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) Mother-Baby Award for outpatient healthcare clinics! This award recognizes excellence in support of breastfeeding in the outpatient setting.
Updated October 2020