Career Development Fellowship

 

Program Overview

Setting

Curriculum

Salary and Benefits

 

Program Overview 

Open mainly to internal UNC candidates, the UNC Department of Family Medicine has offered a full-time Career Development Fellowship since 2000. Fellowships are one to three years, with an educational program and experience tailored to individual clinical and career objectives.

 

Setting

The University of North Carolina Department of Family Medicine graduates have an impressive track record of leadership in clinical, teaching and research organizations. The department has a long history of successful fellowship training through a number of programs, including the part-time Faculty Development Fellowship, the NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship, and the UNC Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

The Department is involved with program development, clinical standards, data systems development and human resources across the UNC Health Care System. Department faculty have working relationships with the UNC Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, as well as research centers such as the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Across NC, our Department is a leader within the statewide AHEC system. 

 

Curriculum

The guiding philosophy of the Career Development Fellowship is to combine practical experience in patient care, teaching, leadership, and scholarship with exposure to the rich environment that the department, university and state provide in specific areas of clinical work, teaching and administrative activity. Planning of an individually-mentored curriculum designed to address the career goals of the fellow begins with the application process, using needs assessment and meetings with fellowship faculty.

Fellows spend 40% of their time in academic development. For some fellows, their academic development may include graduate-level courses in the UNC School of Public Health, either in pursuit of an MPH or similar degree or to meet individually-determined learning objectives without a degree. For others, academic development is focused on development of excellence in a particular area such as a specific clinical focus, curriculum development or scholarship. The remaining time (60%) is spent in teaching and clinical care. Fellows typically spend one half-day/week precepting family medicine residents. They provide clinical care in one or more UNC Health Care System-affiliated sites, including the UNC Family Medicine Center, Family Medicine Inpatient Service, Maternal-Child Health Service, emergency department at a nearby rural hospital, and local health department sites.

Examples of recent fellows' clinical foci include:

  • Maternal and Child Health with operative OB Training
  • Maternal and Child Health with emphasis on non-operative OB Training
  • Global Health
  • Hospitalist
  • Leadership Training

Fellows have faculty appointments and participate in Department of Family Medicine faculty meetings. They travel to national and regional meetings of organizations such as the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Association of American Medical Colleges and meetings focused on specific clinical areas such as maternal-child health.

 

Salary and Benefits

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits, including an allowance for educational expenses, funds for travel to professional meetings, and office space and computer access.