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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.
  • 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.
  • 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 chair

Our chair, Cristy Page MD, MPH

As the Chair of the University of North Carolina Department of Family Medicine, I take pride in the excellence of our residency program, faculty, staff, and, learners. Having attended the University of Chapel Hill for my undergraduate and public health degrees, medical school, and residency, I can attest to the strength and quality of our programs.

 The healthcare system is currently in a period of rapid change and redesign. At UNC, we lead this change, both regionally and nationally. "

The healthcare system is currently in a period of rapid change and redesign. At UNC, we lead this change, both regionally and nationally. We provide innovative, comprehensive, high quality, and, cost effective healthcare that is family oriented and community focused. We aim to discover and communicate knowledge that is central to clinical practice and healthcare system organization. We support the health needs of the community that surrounds us, as well as engage in collaborative efforts with other programs and specialties in the area and across the country. I am proud that we see ourselves as innovators in clinical care, community health, and academic education.

-Cristy Page MD, MPH

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!