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Family Medicine residents and faculty at the Society for Teachers of Family medicine conference


As a state-supported institution, our mission is to train family practitioners to meet the diverse needs of the people of North Carolina, including maternal and child health, geriatrics and care for rural and underserved populations. To meet this goal, we offer:

  • an excellent mix of patient care and teaching
  • a nationally-known faculty dedicated to residency training
  • commitment to the flexibility necessary to prepare you for a career along whatever track you may choose.
  • Commitment to innovation and continual quality improvement

We are especially dedicated to embracing change, whether externally or internally driven, as change promotes a never-ending search for excellence. We encourage and expect our residents to be active participants in all changes within our program.

Our responses to the mandates from the ACGME regarding work hour restrictions and the incorporation of the “Core Competencies” into our curriculum are prime examples of how change can bring new ideas that improve our educational program.


The following basic principles constitute our philosophy of residency training:

  • Patients teach. The core of residency training is patient care.
  • Residents need exposure to diverse clinical settings and patients. The broader the exposure of the resident, the better he or she will be able to adapt to his or her future practice sites and to changes in the health care system.
  • Residents learn a great deal from their peers; the more diverse the group of residents, the better the training environment. We believe that residents benefit greatly from exposure to people with different backgrounds and career goals.  We believe in and expect our residents to be valuable contributors to our program, who teach and improve the program at the same time that they are training.
  • Residents need a biopsychosocial approach to clinical practice. Comprehensive care addresses both the medical and psychosocial aspects of clinical problems.
  • Residents need to develop the habit of critical appraisal. Health care is an ever-changing field and good clinical care is evidence-based. Residents should regularly review the quality of care they provide, and frequently evaluate evidence from published literature.
  • Residency training encourages development of independent learners. We believe successful practice requires a problem-focused approach in which the learner defines his/her “knowledge gaps” and takes responsibility for filling them. Our residency curriculum aims to develop residents into successful self-directed learners.
  • Family Medicine and Family Medicine training should be rooted in a mission of anti-oppression. We are committed to continually critiquing and honing our systems to ensure that they are advancing us in this mission, so that we may work toward educational and clinical environments that are truly inclusive, diverse, and just.
  • Faculty are committed to the development of each individual resident. Being a residency faculty member requires a broader concern for the individual resident and his or her dreams and aspirations.

A message from our Program Director

Our Program Director, Mallory McClester-Brown, MD

Welcome! We are thrilled that you are interested in the University of North Carolina Family Medicine residency program. We are proud of our program and the excellent care we are able to provide to the people of our state. 

The UNC Family Medicine residency program strives to ensure full scope training throughout the three years of residency education. We aim to prepare our graduates to go out into the world and meet the needs of their community, no matter what those needs may be. Our residents are strong clinicians, excellent teachers, and critical thinkers, much like the faculty that contribute to their development in training.

I am proud to serve as the residency program director in collaboration with our incredible faculty and staff. UNC Family Medicine is a leader in the field of Family Medicine as well as within the University of North Carolina medical community. Chapel Hill is truly a wonderful place for Family physicians to live and work.

If you would like to learn a little more about me, please see my bio.  

Thank you for taking a look around. Please let us know if you have further questions. Go Tar Heels!

Mallory McClester Brown MD, Residency Program Director

Diversity and Inclusion

The UNC Department of Family Medicine residency program prides itself in caring for a diverse population which includes under-represented minorities, LGBTQ, immigrants and refugees from various socioeconomic backgrounds, including the homeless and uninsured. We are committed to providing excellent care for all of our patients.

Our town leaders are dedicated to ensuring that Chapel Hill remains a wonderful place to live, work and learn. Our University and its leadership will make certain that our campus community will continue to be one that embraces all.

UNC is committed to recruiting residents from a variety of experiences and backgrounds and believe that this is important to our mission. The Resident Diversity Initiative has been created to help in this important effort!

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion announces its annual diversity report  

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides coordination, oversight, and leadership of the UNC SOM’s diversity and inclusion programs and leads the school’s efforts to maintain and continue to build a more diverse community and a more inclusive working and learning environment that values and respects the contributions of all members of the community. To enhance the visibility of its efforts and to track the progress of its initiatives, ODEI published its first annual diversity report. The report provides a view into the progress made over the past year.